Although addiction can be enough of a struggle on its own, if you are also currently dealing with a toxic home environment, you may find the recovery process even more daunting. If you or a loved one is currently struggling with addiction combined with an unsupportive home environment, it’s important to understand that residential recovery options are available., including sober living homes. Residential recovery options present a viable option for helping you to continue your recovery in a supportive environment.
It’s completely understandable that you might be somewhat hesitant about making the transition to a sober living home following treatment. The first thing to keep in mind is that a residential recovery home might be your best choice if you feel as though your home environment might be a deterrent to your ability to maintain your sobriety. By offering a range of services, residential recovery programs can provide you with the best possible chances for continuing your recovery.
Residential Recovery Options When You Have a Toxic Home Environment
When you are going through the recovery process, it is imperative that you be able to fully concentrate on your recovery. This can be difficult to do if you are currently living in a home environment that is either unsupportive or may even facilitate addictive behavior. A residential recovery program can provide you with the structure you need in which to put the strategies you learned in treatment to work.
One of the most common questions you might have about residential recovery homes is what to expect when you arrive. First, you should understand that this type of home is typically located in a peaceful, quiet area. Unlike a treatment program, you will usually have greater freedom in a residential recovery home to come and go, but you will need to follow certain rules. These rules often include:
• Returning home by a certain time each day
• Periodic drug testing
• Going to work/school each day
• Be responsible for yourself (paying for your own food, etc.)
Rules in Residential Recovery Programs
Rules are typically dependent upon each residential recovery program, but there are some rules that are generally common to most such facilities. You will need to agree to abide by all such rules when you move into the facility. Furthermore, there will be consequences to any violations of the rules. This could include making amends to other residents. In the event of a serious infraction to a rule, residents may even be asked to leave the facility.
Above all, the primary rule for a residential recovery program is that you agree to stay sober. You or your loved one will not be allowed to use drugs or alcohol. You may also be restricted from using certain types of products that might contain alcohol and could result in a false positive on a drug test. Residents of sober living homes must also typically agree to go to school or work during the day. You may also be required to contribute by performing chores around the house.
Who Is Eligible to Live in a Residential Recovery Home
While there are generally no restrictions regarding who may living in a sober living home, most of the residents have completed a rehabilitation or treatment program before moving into the home. Individuals who have not yet gone through treatment may not have developed the skills and strategies to maintain their sobriety, which is generally a requirement of living in a residential recovery facility. This also typically ensures that the individual has completed a detoxification program, which precludes the individual from being too ill to work or attend school while living in the home.
It is vital that you or your loved one have a strong support network after leaving a treatment program. If you do not feel as though you have a safe environment to which you can return, your chances of relapse may increase. In the event you are still not able to return home to a supportive environment, a sober living home can provide the transitional housing services you need to ensure maintain your sobriety and reduce the chances of relapse.
If you or someone you care about is ready to take the next step in maintaining recovery, we are here to listen and help. We work with clients in all stages of addiction at our Southwest Florida facility. Our caring counselors are available around the clock to discuss your needs. Contact us today at 844-639-8371 to take the first step.