Here are some things to look out for when looking for a sober living home:
Does the Sober Living Home offer Recovery Support Services? Some examples of these services include a Back to Work Program, Peer to Peer support Specialists, Recovery Coaching, Lifeskills Development program, Etc..
Is there any Structure? Are there rules in place? Do the staff have specific ways to enforce these rules?
Does the Sober Living Home provide access to community resources?
Safety: What happens if a resident breaks the rules? Is the staff trained to respond in crisis situations?
Drug Testing: Does the Sober Home conduct drug screenings on a regular basis? Are the tests included with the housing fees?
Does the Sober Living Home promote community involvement? Are there regular activities that promote a sober lifestyle?
Look for Sober Living Homes that have a F.A.R.R. accreditation. Don’t be afraid to ask about compliance with national or state accreditation standards. Look around and make sure the home has detailed rules to maintain residency, and most importantly, check out the social support offered at the home. Accreditation for sober living homes is still fairly new, but it is catching on quickly.
The main goal of a Sober Living Home is to offer a safe environment and social support during recovery, while maintaining a high standard of ethical business practices.