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Effectiveness of Sober Living Homes in Attaining De-addiction

A sober living home should not be mistaken for alcohol or drug rehabilitation centers. Unlike detox facilities, a sober home does not provide medical treatment for alcohol dependent individuals and drug addicts. While an alcohol treatment center provides a supervised medical regimen for addicts to recover from their condition, it also provides simple home environment where a group of people with addiction problems live together and support each other in a narcotic-free environment. Quite a few treatment centers are registered as non-profit organizations; however, the majority of them are not. There are no screening tests or psycho analysis sessions involved prior to admission to de-addiction centers. The only condition is that individuals who want to join a detox center will need to pay their own rent and participate in daily chores in maintaining the home and helping other inhabitants. They can stay in the home as long as they like, provided they pay their rent.  Also, they maintain a zero-tolerance rule for drugs and alcohol and focuses on supporting its inhabitants to lead a sober, independent life.

 With alcoholic population of nearly fifteen million and counting in America, alcohol has proved to be a slow and steady killer attacking mainstream society physically, mentally, and morally. The struggle is the same all over the globe, but most often, realization comes in late. Americans spend more than ninety billion dollars on alcohol alone. About 50% of vehicle accidents can be traced to alcohol consumption. The dire need as obvious from the statistics, of such places to arrange an effective solution for alcoholism is supported by sober living homes. In a sober living home, the central working theme is communal support. Usually they do not provide detox facilities, though they provide referrals to such institutions for those who want it. The inhabitants share their experiences and support one another in their fight for sobriety. It is compulsory that every inhabitant share a room with someone. They plan out the day together and assign each other various chores involved in running the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or buying supplies. The cost is shared equally amongst each other, so that basically everybody looks after themselves.

These homes do have a rehab program, which mainly involves discussions and all inhabitants are required to attend weekly 12-step meetings. Family members are not encouraged to stay with the resident; however, they are welcome to visit any time. All residents in a sober living home must support themselves. They are focussed on living a normal life, independent of any mind-altering substance use. Each resident is required to be employed or going to school or college. They are free to visit their families; however, there is a strictly enforced curfew in place and violation is subjective to a small fine. Most homes are gender specific. There are very few co-ed homes. Apart from the zero tolerance to alcohol and enforcement of curfew, other restrictions include violence in the home, sex in the home, harassment of other residents and theft. The residents in a home are encouraged to be motivated and practice sobriety out of will rather than through enforcement. Apart from their native homes, these homes are places in which motivation, friendliness and other social elements are the biggest advantages to be considered on part of the community. This is an important factor dictating the effectiveness of such living homes. The residents of the home are encouraged to attend the meetings held on regular basis and are required to follow the house rules strictly to ensure zero tolerance of alcohol.

Why do these homes claim to be most effective for recovery from alcoholism and abuse? The answer is quite simple. These homes focus on the mental disposition of the victims and strive for their encouragement toward peaceful and healthy thinking. A focused effort is maintained to promote extreme physical fitness and mental exercise. Statistics of regular medical tests in these homes depict a rapid fall in the toxicity in their blood levels. These homes are strictly screened for alcoholic products and prohibit its use within the limits of the home.

Co-ordination, social activities, discussions, meetings and treatments are the key features of optimizing the recovering process of the committed people residing in the sober living home. The house acts to institutionalize its clients and motivate them to acquire mental peace and appreciate the pleasures of sober life. The home serves as a channel to filter out the unhealthy elements from its residents and strengthen their will power gradually as they socialize themselves in their own community inside the home isolated from the evils of alcohol and other narcotics.





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