Whether you’ve just completed rehab, you’ve been out of treatment for a few months, or you recently relapsed and need some support, a sober living home can provide the structure, accountability, and support you need to get back on track.
With countless sober living homes located all across the country, choosing a sober living home for yourself or a loved one isn’t always easy. Despite the many options available, there are several things you can do to ensure that you find the perfect fit for your recovery needs, your personal preferences, and your budget.
At Eudaimonia Recovery Homes, we want to make sure you find a high-quality sober living home that addresses all of your recovery needs. On the same note, we also understand how difficult it can be to find the right living situation. To make your life easier, we created this step-by-step guide to help you navigate your way through the process.
1. Consider the location.
The location of a sober living home is very important, as it will become the base for all your life activities—at least for a little while. First and foremost, your safety is key. Is the sober living home located in a safe neighborhood that is conducive to your recovery? If not, it would be wise to move on and keep looking. You’ll also want to make sure that the sober living home is close to your work (if you have a job), school, recovery meetings, grocery stores, and health care providers. This is especially important if you don’t have a car and need to rely on public transportation or walking to get around.
2. Do your homework.
When searching for a transitional living program, due diligence is very important. You will need to do your research to make sure that any sober living home you’re considering is going to provide the recovery support services you need, a safe and positive living environment, and keep you accountable to your recovery goals. Although many sober living houses are not regulated or monitored by any state, local, or national agency, some are. Accreditation and/or licensing is an outward sign of a sober living home’s commitment to excellence and is a great indication that the management and programs are good. To find a transitional housing that maintains a high standard of care, look for those that are backed by well-known organizations like the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) and its affiliates, such as the Texas Recovery-Oriented Housing Network.1
3. Visit the sober living home.
As you narrow down your options, it’s also a good idea to visit any sober living homes on your list if you can. Get in touch with the staff and schedule a day visit to check out the home for yourself. While you’re there, ask yourself questions like “Do I feel comfortable here?” “Would I want to live here for days, weeks, or months?” Take note of the behaviors of the current residents as well. Do they seem happy and comfortable? Is the atmosphere one of positivity or negativity? If you can’t visit the home personally, look at photos online and read reviews from previous residents to get a better idea of what the atmosphere and living accommodations are like.
4. Review the rules for residents.
Once you’ve visited the sober living home, you’ll want to talk to the management or admissions team to make sure you understand the rules, requirements, and expectations for residents. Does the sober living home provide one-on-one peer accountability or sober coaches? Do residents participate in any type of recovery programming and/or 12-step group meetings? Is random drug testing a part of the process? These are all important things to consider.
5. Learn everything you can about the staff.
The staff management of a sober living home plays a big role in the success and happiness of its residents. Before you enroll in a transitional living program, you’ll want to find out who is on staff, what qualifications they have, and how they interact with residents. Do they live on-site and provide peer guidance? Are they in recovery themselves? What is the staff to client ratio like? How do they keep residents accountable to their sobriety? A transitional living house that employs a strong but caring staff who will enforce the rules and provide consistent, on-site residential support is a good sign.
6. Familiarize yourself with the financial requirements.
Of course, no matter how much you like a sober living home, you’ll also need to make sure you can afford to live there. Most transitional housing programs charge a monthly fee to cover room and board, but you’ll need to plan to pay for your own food, hygiene products, and transportation costs. The admissions staff at a sober living home will be able to answer your questions about sober living costs and they may even offer scholarships or financial assistance.
Choosing a sober living home doesn’t have to be difficult. At Eudaimonia Recovery Homes, we provide safe, clean, and supportive transitional living options for men and women in all stages of recovery. We operate several different sober living homes and apartments in Austin, Houston, and Colorado Springs, where residents can become an active part of a supportive recovery community and work to achieve their recovery goals.
Call our admissions team today to learn more about our transitional living programs or to enroll yourself or a loved one in a program.