A residential drug rehab or sober living program is a program offering residential treatment for those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. A sober livi…
A residential drug rehab or sober living program is a program offering residential treatment for those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. A sober living program is usually a privately owned residential property or group of residences that are run for profit, and those who live in them are usually there voluntarily. The majority of those who go into a residential drug rehab facility do so after completing an inpatient rehab program, but no client is required to have ever been in an alcohol or drug treatment program before being admitted. Those entering a transitional living program may have previously been sober, but have struggled with relapse. Regardless of when they entered a drug rehab or sober living program, the majority of people successfully complete their stays.
For a majority of those going into a drug rehab or sober living program, the initial stay is at a residential facility, which is followed by a stay in a transitional living program, or halfway houses. Most halfway houses are transitional homes, since the majority of their occupants are there in order to receive drug or alcohol treatment. However, there are also a small percentage of halfway houses that are specifically designed for residential treatment of alcohol and drug addiction only. Some halfway houses offer intensive residential treatment programs for those who have already completed their inpatient recovery programs. These programs are sometimes medically assisted as well as emotionally supportive, depending on the severity of the condition of the patient. Drug overdose or death is still very much a possibility in such sober environments, so every ounce of compassion is called upon to keep the patient comfortable and safe.
One thing about halfway houses is that they offer the convenience of a living environment and are private, unlike many residential treatment facilities. In fact, many sober living program clients report feeling more comfortable in one of these homes than in the majority of in-patient treatment facilities. Programs in the majority of states require a 24-hour staff to assist clients in recovery. This staff must be comprised of licensed social workers, psychologists and licensed medical staff. A number of states have laws mandating that at least a single member of staff must be a certified peer counselor. If a sober living program receives certification from either a state agency or a national organization, it is important that staff members have attained this certification, especially if they will be interacting with families during the recovery process.