August 14, 2018 By Sheri Croll
Now that you’ve completed the detox programmes and have attended a treatment facility, what’s next? That’s a million dollar question, isn’t it? Despite the fact that you’ve chosen a life in recovery and have undergone treatment, you still need continued support in recovery. The best place to look is a sober living facility. Prior to choosing a sober living facility, it is advisable to do a thorough research and planning. Here are some things to look out for
Accountability and Reputation
Every addict looks forward to early recovery. During this stage, everything looks so new – friends, daily schedule and enjoying life without depending on certain substances. Sometimes, things don’t go rosy as you may think. You may find it difficult to adjust to your new lifestyle. This is why it is important to enroll in a sober living facility. These centers help recovering addict adhere to strict rules and regulations in order to ensure the victim does not deviate from their recovery practice. Many sober living facilities have their own strict rules and regulations that must be strictly adhered to. These include but not limited to curfews, mandatory house meetings, urine testing and some require the addict attends a 12-step recovery based meetings.
Experts will advise choosing a stricter sober living facility. This will make your journey to recovery more successful. Check to see if the house manager and other residents make recovery a priority and are always there to provide the much-needed support anytime any day.
A home is a place of comfort. Not only that, it should be serene, peaceful, loving and warm. This goes for your choice of the sober living facility as well. Fortunately, there are many sober living homes to choose from. One of the factors to consider is the comfort, and cleanliness of the facility.
If you’re satisfied with the level of cleanliness, the next important aspect is the number of patients to room ratio. Most sober homes are designed so that patients will have to share a room with someone else. It is hard to find a sober living facility with a one-to-one person ratio. Though addicts lack the privacy they seek, it is actually valuable for those in early recovery as you have someone who will be around to monitor and keep you company. Other additional amenities to make the living facility as comfortable as possible include access to neighborhood pools, sporting activities and many more. It is, however, important to take the time to research and inspect the facility in person before making a decision.
Another major concern is safety. You can find useful information online with regards to the state of security in the chosen area. Remember to avoid areas with high crime rates. While physically inspecting sober living facilities meet with locals and ask questions about safety and security in the area. Some sober homes have advanced security systems and cameras installed for safety purpose. All these and many more are some of the things to consider while choosing the right sober living facility.