Here is what you should be looking for in a sober living facility?
A sober living facility or in some cases a halfway house can be a crucial part of a recovering individual’s recovery from substance abuse. Much can be written pro and con about sober living communities. We can’t stress the fact enough that it’s imperative to do your research on a facility before you decide on residing there.
In this post we are going to discuss what you should be looking for in a sober home and what you should be watching out for as well. Bright Futures Treatment Center of Palm Beach resides in the “Mecca” of the recovery capital of the world Delray Beach. Why do they call it the “Recovery Capital of the World” you may ask? It’s the recovery capital because there are approx. 1500 12step meetings within a 5-10 mile radius, hundreds of sober homes and drug and alcohol treatment centers.
Many Sober homes or halfway houses are governed by rules and standards. The bases of those standards are governed by FARR Florida Association of Recovery Residences and DCF
You can see the FARR guidelines in the link above. However, according to the new Florida statute 397.487 voluntary certification of recovery residences FARR is no longer an actual accreditation.
What should you look for in a Halfway House or a Sober Home Community?
Unfortunately many don’t do their due diligence before entering a sober home or halfway house and wind up in what is called a “flop house”. In recent years this has become more common with many halfway houses and sober homes converting to intensive outpatient programs. Many of the sober homes and halfway houses have lowered their standards for the population to keep them in these IOP programs.
Here are some things that you want to keep a look out for when in search for a sober living facility:
- Will they let you come and see the sober residence beforehand? If yes Good
- Are the residences clean and tidy? If yes Good
- Did they discuss the rules with you beforehand? If yes Good
- Are the sober apartments roomy and spacious? If Yes Good
- Are there people living on the couch? If Yes Bad
- What have you heard about the sober home; good or bad?
- Do they have a handbook discussing the properties policies and procedures? If yes Good
- Are they asking to charge your insurance for urine screens? If yes Bad
- If the halfway house is a coed property is there at least some separation between male and female? If yes, Good.
- Are they allowing people to get high on the premises? If yes Bad
- Are they sending people who relapse to higher levels of care? If yes Good.
- Are there managers on duty in case of emergency? If yes Good
It’s been a common occurrence for halfway houses in South Florida, New Jersey, California and some other states to offer client management services to treatment centers. What this means is that while you attend treatment at an intensive outpatient substance abuse program they are paying the halfway house “client management fees”. This is against DCF policy and very unethical to start with. A new policy stipulated by the Department of Children and Families states you must own the houses under your LLC if you are a treatment provider.
What is a Self-Pay Halfway House?
A self-pay halfway house is a sober home that has no affiliation to a treatment center. This type of Halfway House allows you to live in their structured environment for weekly rent provided you stay clean from drugs and alcohol and follow their rules. A self-pay sober home usually will provide urine testing which is included with the rent to live at their recovery residence.
How much does a Halfway House or Sober Home cost?
Prices for sober living homes within a sober community can vary, but typically it ranges from $150.00 to $300.00 a week. Obviously the prices vary depending on amenities and locations. The average cost is $200.00 a week which would include urine testing and other things like toiletries. In many cases the Halfway House provides you with clean bed sheets and pillows or you can bring your own.
Finally, what should you be looking for when in search of Halfway Houses near you?
Look, here’s the bottom line; it’s your responsibility to do your research on the sober home you’re thinking about living at. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask any of the questions above or your own for that matter. If you want to stay clean & sober make sure you choose an environment that will provide you a structured atmosphere and a good foundation for your recovery. Lastly, maybe you should think about going to a male or female only sober home which will provide less distraction.