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According to a UN report, a huge number of deaths are caused by drug addiction every year.
Addiction care is valuable as it has the potential to save lives. Sober living homes play an active role in the early days of your recovery and can help you with a smooth transition from an addicted life to a sober one.
Sober houses dramatically increase the likelihood of addiction treatment success. Technically, sober living homes are not addiction recovery centers, rather, these are just homes established and managed by people who are in recovery as well. They will be your peers who will be modeling recovery for you.
Sober living homes provide a safe and drug-free environment, recovery treatments, and ongoing support to their patients. Because every sober living home is different, they each have different rules and regulations for their visitors and patients. If you ever had the chance of visiting a sober living house, either for yourself or your loved ones, you must know some basic rules and regulations that are followed in sober houses.
1. Admission Rules
Life in a sober living home is less restrictive than residential rehab but more structured than the real world. In order to get admitted to a sober living home, there are some requirements that need to be fulfilled:
• You must be clean and tidy.
• You must pass the drug screening test.
• You must agree to be tested for a drug screening test at different intervals when needed.
• You must be mentally and physically stable.
• You must strictly obey all the rules and regulations while living in a sober home.
2. Chores Rules
Every sober living house is slightly different but there are some basic rules in all. The rules that ensure the constant sobriety of residents and should be strictly followed by the residents include:
• They are strictly not allowed to consume any drugs and alcohol on the premises.
• Residents must find a sponsor or pay their appropriate bills on time to live in the house.
• They must attend and participate in all house meetings, activities and expect to handle regular chores.
• They must give emotional support to each other.
• They must obey house curfews.
• They will be provided with limited internet access.
• They must respect other housemates and staff.
• They must expect pet bans except if the house permits.
• They are answerable for their hangouts and location when they are not on the property.
• There must not be any unapproved guests on the grounds. Additionally, they are not allowed to have guests overnight.
• They must sleep in a sober living home at least five nights a week.
• Cleaning and washing are generally up to the residents. Tasks are usually assigned on a rotating basis.
• They must expect travel restrictions.
• They must not borrow money from other housemates or staff members.
• Residents are free to exit the sober living home program at any time.
• The resident will be expelled for failing to follow the sober living home’s rules for safe conduct.
• The resident will be expelled if violence occurs, whether a resident threatens or attacks another, or if two or more residents attack each other.
3. Visiting Rules
While visiting your loved ones in sober living homes, you must obey some basic rules and regulations to maintain the discipline.
• Make sure you arrive on time. It shows respect to your loved ones. It ensures that you don’t disrupt their planned activities and schedule.
• Try to communicate with patients in a positive way. The patient is already well aware of his past mistakes. Make sure that you leave all the negativity at home. Mentioning such things can be hurting and saddens the patient.
• You must show encouragement with genuine and verbal affirmation. Motivate them to continue making progress.
• Talk to the house manager and get feedback about the progress of your loved ones. Ask them for the progress reports to stay well informed.
• Do not dive into deep discussions. Do not discuss family issues that lose the patient’s focus.
• Do not bring any objects, gifts, or food items that could serve as drug triggers.
The purpose of establishing a sober living home’s rules and regulations for the visitor and the residents is to maintain discipline and make the recovery process more effective. You could be expelled right away or when you disobey rules more than once.
These rules ensure every resident enjoys a peaceful and respectful living environment that provides support that is required at the time of recovery through stressful processes. In order to make this process effective, visitors and residents must follow all the rules of their sober living homes.