Substance or drug abuse takes place when a person starts taking drugs or alcohol in great amounts or in ways that harm him physically and psychologically. Besides medical health risks, there are also social risks. The abuser will suffer from anti-social behavior and in extreme cases will turn to criminal activity. In a majority of cases that circulate around drug abuse, the defendant is sentenced to attend a rehab centre.
Such places have strict schedules to make sure that the abuser stays sober and help with his withdrawal symptoms. This usually only happens in extreme cases. People who have already gone through a rehab and don’t want to relapse, or those who don’t have that serious a problem but would still like help for their addiction, usually go to a sober home. Sober living homes are group homes to help to recover addicts get used to a normal sober life. It’s a good way to transition from rehab to independent living. Since they will be surrounded by other recovering abusers who are staying sober it will also give the abuser the motivation and prevent him from relapsing.
Sober homes have a few rules.
- One must help around with the home chores
- One need to go to work, school or some sort of outpatient activity for some part of the day
- There is curfew which you have to follow, i.e. be home at a certain time
- One will be subjected to random alcohol and drug tests to make sure you are sober at all times
- Mandatory attendance of 12 step program
- Violence or fighting are strictly forbidden
Usually, there is no restriction on the sort of people who can stay at a sober home. New recovery patients, as well as people who have already been through rehab, can join. Sober homes are thought to be more effective for people who have already gone through rehab, but it is not compulsory. The only main rule is to stay sober 24/7.
There is no particular time period for which you should stay in a sober home. It depends on how long you need to stay there before you think you are ready to be independent. Till you are honestly sure that you can abstain from drugs and alcohol, and that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle without falling back into abuse, you should stay. Nobody forces you to stay, so you can walk out whenever you wish to.
There are sober homes in many cities of the USA, and the price depends on which city they are in. Usually, the price ranges from $450 to $750 which makes a sober home a cheaper option for accommodation than an apartment. The more facilities that are offered, like therapists and doctors, the higher the price is.
So if you are your loved one is suffering from substance abuse make sure that you make arrangements for staying in a rehab centre or a sober home. Joining 12 step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous is also very helpful.