Success in sober living communities is often tied to the length of time that people stay enrolled and on site. In other words: People who continue to live within the walls of these facilities tend to stay sober, while people who drop out and move home tend to return to their old ways once more. In an article in the American Journal of Community Psychology, researchers suggest that older age is affiliated with continued use of a sober living home.
In this study, those who were older just tended to stay put, when compared to people who were just a little younger. However, some experts suggest that people stay enrolled due to reasons that have nothing to do with age. This might be especially true of professionals.
Many people who use and abuse drugs have no job at all. In fact, in a study in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy, researchers report that using drugs regularly is closely associated with unemployment. As a result, many people who live in sober communities might be looking for work, and they might be unaccustomed to the difficulties of professionals.
People with different backgrounds might have valuable lessons to share with one another, but they might also simply misunderstand one another. They may not have the same kinds of cultural touchstones and the same kinds of life experiences. In the wider world, they might not be friends, as they can’t really relate to one another and effectively support one another. In the wider world, this difference doesn’t much matter. In a sober living home, on the other hand, it can be problematic. People in these communities live in close quarters, sharing spaces, and they’re expected to live like a family. If they can’t trust or understand one another, this communal living can be extremely difficult. Some might even leave the programs early, if they don’t feel safe or at home.
Additionally, sober living communities are designed to provide peer-to-peer counseling and support. Residents learn from one another and share with one another. Economic differences and cultural differences can make this kind of support quite difficult, as people just might not understand one another.
A sober living community for professionals is designed to fill this need. Most of the residents in facilities like this are currently employed, and those who aren’t may be facing just a temporary setback that they’ll quickly recover from. The group is a little more cohesive and complete, and few people might be left out in this model. The sharing might come a little easier, and the healing might be just a little bit more profound.
Sober homes for professionals might have the same kinds of rules that are common to other types of sober homes, including rules regarding:
The programs might be tweaked just a little to meet the needs of professionals, however. For example, some busy executives are expected to travel to distant cities to see clients and participate in seminars. These tasks might not be allowed in general homes, but they might be acceptable in sober homes for professionals. Similarly, some executives are expected to work long hours and remain accessible to clients around the clock. Where a standard sober home might strictly enforce curfew and ban cell phone or computer use after a specific time in the day, a home for professionals might be a little more lenient on this score.
Some sober homes for professionals also provide coaching services for the difficult situations executives might encounter during the course of the workday. For example, according to an article in BusinessWeek, alcohol is considered a fixture of the company holiday party, as the author laments that “only” 58 percent of holiday parties were expected to serve booze in 2010, when the economy was struggling. If it’s common for employees to expect liquor at a party, it might also be expected for executives to drink that alcohol. A sober home for professionals might provide a coach or sober companion who can go along to these parties and help the person to resist the temptation. A home like this might also provide an executive with the opportunity to learn how other professionals plan to handle these same kinds of temptations.
Sober homes for professionals also tend to provide expertly decorated spaces and beautifully landscaped grounds, as these are likely the sorts of environments that professionals have in their own homes. These touches can help professionals to feel more relaxed in their surroundings, and less likely to leave as a result.
If you’re looking for a sober living home, please contact us. Many Foundations Recovery Network facilities provide sober living communities, and we’re happy to discuss our options and help you find the community that looks and feels right to you.