The Intervention resulted in admission for a detox, that moved on to full Primary Care. Bright eyed and bushy tailed your loved one is ready to face the world. Clean and sober and ……oh dear , the real world is rather fast. It is vivid, full of consequences, expectations and broken dreams.
To move from long term chemical or behavioural addiction in any form, then into a sanctuary of therapy, good food, exercise and sleep, to facing the real world can be a daunting overwhelming and relapse inducing experience.
There are a variety of Sober Homes, all of which are based on a house of common interest, namely everyone is in Active Recovery. Many treatment centres have their own programs of secondary care or Sober living offering a supported Care Pathway throughout the treatment journey.
Many clients can not access this and therefore rely upon independent Sober living homes. Intervention clients never hit the kind of rock bottoms that they were heading towards. Sober Homes are often needed for clients that still minimise some of the addiction traits. They are needed for families that are in shock and broken by the addiction induced behaviours and need more time and therapy before they can countenance a loved one returning home.
A Sober Home is the place you live from. The living is in context of full active recovery, family, health, social responsibility.
All Sober Homes come with limits and boundaries. Relapse means the person has to leave immediately. The Sober Home staff support a person with a relapse process, that it quickly returns to primary treatment and back into Sober Living again.
Sober Homes are few and far between in the UK. Availability is a challenge. Costs vary between £700 per week to £1500 per week for homes with more facilities and perhaps more exclusive locations.
All Sober Homes are community based. The residents all meet and live as a recovery group. The Sober Coach is a professional therapist who facilitates all aspects of a persons ongoing Sober Living care plan