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Top 5 Sober Living Criteria In South Florida.

Sober Living plays a critical role in the recovery process. Individuals that decide to drive the road to recovery encounter may detours and obstacles that can sidetrack their recovery. While there are many choices of sober living home, you’ll want to make sure the home you choose offers the highest level of care, qualities, and features that foster total support for your recovery success.

There are two important ways the addiction treatment industry are running toward to improve outcomes. These include JACHO certification for treatment centers, and NARR (South Florida Affiliate FARR) for sober living residences.

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South Florida has the national reputation of being the “Wild, Wild, West”. The corruption and unethical practices is widespread. Many of the good treatment Centers in Florida are trying to obtain JACHO Certification which shows the professional community and individuals seeking treatment that this is the highest quality level of care you can get. JACHO has the highest set of standards, regulations, and protocols that are far above organizations that do not have this certification.

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The good Sober Living facilities are also concerned with having a higher level of care including a set of regulations that say this is the best level of care during your transition from treatment. That transition also goes the other way by being able to get back in mainstream society. In South Florida, if a sober living has the FARR certification you have the confidence that you are receiving the best possible treatment that sober living’s can provide.

When you decide to get clean and sober you need to have the best possible level of care in treatment and in sober living. You are setting up the foundation for your life long journey of sobriety. When you first decide to start your recovery journey, you are scared, confused, and over whelmed. You need to have the confidence that your treatment and sober living choices give you the necessary tools, highest quality of treatment and assists in your recovery process.

Once you find a well-qualified treatment center that fits your individual need, you will be basically inside a bubble and exposed to that facilities best options for your treatment plan. While you are in treatment you need to start planning for your second phase which is sober living.

fbi 4Again the choices will be over-whelming and some treatment centers will bait you with ‘FREE Rent” to go to the facility they recommend. That facility is usually owned by the treatment center as a LLC, or DBA, or receiving a kick back from the sober living facility. This is considered patient brokering and is illegal. There are so many illegal dealings in addiction treatment in South Florida that there is an FBI task force stationed in South Florida to clean this and several other bad practices that exist there.

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Sober living facilities are needed to provide a supporting and pro-active healthy transition, allowing you to leave the safety of rehab and enter a less-restrictive living environment while maintaining a focus on recovery. Residents enjoy a less structured atmosphere while developing the tools and skills to sustain sobriety in the “real world.”

While there are many sober living facilities in Florida, you need to make sure the home you choose offers the highest level of care, qualities, and features that support recovery. You should never commit to living at a sober living home without visiting and talking with the owners and residents.

Here are the top five qualities you’ll want to look for in a sober living house:

#1 FARR Certified Residence

Picking a FARR certified residence guarantees that you are in the best possible environment that is regulated with the highest standards. This is a critical decision that affects your recovery. You are faced with an overwhelming amount of decisions each day; many affect your sobriety. You need to know the sober living has a proven structure to assist and support recovery. That’s why it’s so important to find a sober living home that implements a higher level of care…it should also implement rules and regulations, such as mandated curfews and a zero-tolerance drug-free environment.

#2 Safety

Being in a safe environment is an absolute necessity. Look for things like; 24/7 staff, if the entire staff is trained in CPR, do they have an emergency kit in case of an overdose, and a protocol for emergencies. What steps and measures do they have to absolutely make sure there are no drugs or alcohol on the premises? Is there a zero tolerance for possession and use of alcohol and drugs? Check out and speak to the people currently living in a sober living facility. Ask them about the technology and safety measures used by the facility.

#3 Connecting Atmosphere

The camaraderie, atmosphere, mood, energy, and vibe at the sober living house with its current residents are very important. During your tour ask to speak with the current residents, they will be valuable in your decision to pick the right place for you. What types of activities are there to help you develop new skills; assistance with job search, better eating habits, health and fitness. Make sure you feel a positive vibe; your gut will tell you if it is the right place for you.

#4 Supports and Assists Recovery

A solid support system is crucial for anyone in recovery. 12 step recovery is not for everyone, however the sober living should have other actions on and off the property in place like; relapse prevention, AA, NA, and counseling to assist you in recovery. When evaluating a sober living support team, it’s important to find a staff that truly cares about you and your success…but you also want a staff that’s unafraid to enforce necessary rules and regulations.

Everyone’s recovery path is different and proceeds at different paces, however individualized recovery plans are essential for staying sober. The employees should be professional, and be there to keep you on the road to recovery. They should be encouraging 12 step, AA, NA meetings or a support system that fosters sobriety. There should also be some sort of drug testing policy in effect.

#5 Take Responsibility; Own It

Remember, you must own your sobriety. That means that you may not always like following rules and regulations like a curfew, structured events, meetings, etc. You must be willing to do the difficult things to maintain sobriety. The sober living home should challenge you to be able to make that step to be fully functional on your own.

good-advice-26790031You can be confident that if the sober living is certified by FARR that the above are addressed completely by the sober living facility.

 

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