Choosing the correct sober-living environment is a critical and potentially life saving decision. If this is your first time picking a home or you are re-committing to your sobriety, you should seriously consider the 12 Recommendations below before moving in. Just to qualify, my name is Chris Rudd and I am the owner and operator of Advanced House Sober Living. I have been in business for 10 years and am sober myself 11 years and change. I also worked as a registered recovery worker at Salvation Army for two years and completed all the coursework at Loyola Marymount University for the California drug and alcohol counselor. At this moment, the recovery industry is not in a good place. I’m sure you have all heard the horror stories. However, there are a few of us who still actually want to help. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you made a positive difference and helped someone to save their life and become whole. That being said, here is a list of 12 things you should do to increase your chances of finding a quality Sober Home.
1. Don’t move in without touring first.
2. Bring another person with you to get their opinion of the home.
3. Check and make sure the home is clean and does not smell.
4. Talk with the manager & and see if you vibe well,
5. Ask what the homes “structure is like.” A day in the life of the home.
6. Talk to the clients, see if they are happy and involved in their recovery program. Make sure clients are not high.
7. Test out the beds. If the beds are uncomfortable or the rooms are crammed, you will be also.
8. Make sure the home provides, bed sheets, towels, food, laundry and kitchen amenities.
9. Make sure the home is safe! For example, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and first aid kit.
10. Ask the manager if they have the clients phone numbers. If not politely ask to leave.
11. Remember that the manager is trying to sell you a bed so don’t say yes right away.
12. Tour 4 or more homes before making your decision.