In a perfect world, all Sober Living Houses (SLH) are highly structured residences where men or women live as they adjust to the world clean of drugs and alcoholon a daily basis. The length of the stay can be a major predictor of the person’s ability to remain on the path of recovery. Sometimes, returning home is a dangerous and risky proposition for the newly recovered substance abuser. The dangers lie in people and places connected to using and abusing substances. Early on,family and work dynamics may present seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Every one newly clean and sober is vulnerable to relapse. SLH, sometimes calledhalf-way houses, were developed to give a person a safe drug and alcohol free environment. The sense of community, strength, and a solid social network gained at SLH has a direct relationship to the strength of a person’s commitment to recovery.
Living at a SLH can give a newly recovering individual the additional structure necessary to stay focused on living drug and alcohol free. The structure of SLH creates role models of long-term residents for newer residents. Newly sober and clean residents get to witness how one shows up to work, school, and community responsibilities on a daily basis. Everyone faces challenges that are both external and internal, despite these challenges;individual responsibilities continue to be met. The more challenges met, the greater the one’s sense of self.
Studies of individuals choosing to live at a SLH found that individuals stayed longer than the recommendations of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and that those who stayed in the community environment maintained abstinence longer than those who returned home immediately.
Treatment Alternatives partners with Boca House and Awakenings to provide those in need of a supportive structured environment a place to live, work, and strengthen his/her recovery. Boca House is the residence for men who want to live clean and sober. Awakenings is the Sober Living House for women. These facilities have been in operation for over 25 years. Treatment Alternatives and its partners offer individuals a beautiful place to live, a safe environment in which to regain their footing in daily life, and a community of men and women dedicated to living substance free. The social network and the structure are available to men and women for as long as he or she desires to be a resident. Agreement to follow the rules and regulations for both houses are the condition for living at these facilities. It should be noted that Boca House and Awakenings offer graduate housing as well, should you feel that life is better living permanently in the structured environment.
Treatment Alternatives and its partners believe that recovering addicts and alcoholics have a right to rebuild their lives while living in nice neighborhoods in nicely decorated apartments. Our facilities combined with the beauty of South Florida gives those seeking a second chance at life a spiritual lift. The surroundings plus the structured living provide residents with a sense of security, peace, and strength. The stepping stones to strong recovery can be found at Treatment Alternatives’ SLHs.
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