Consequences While in Sober Living

consequences while in sober livingThe rules and restrictions put into place at a sober living home are there for a reason: to protect the residents. Though it may not always feel like that, these guidelines are important because they offer:

  • Structure to the resident’s daily schedule
  • Accountability for making positive choices
  • A catalyst for progress in recovery
  • Rewards and incentives for making positive choices

Because these rules are so important to the functionality of the sober house and everyone’s progress in recovery, when a resident breaks those rules, there are consequences. Why? To encourage continued sobriety among all residents and to keep the focus on recovery, not rules.

Consequences of Rule Breaking

Usually, the consequences of breaking a rule at a sober living home are on par with the rule that was broken. For example, if a resident is late coming in and misses curfew, then they will likely not be allowed to go out the next time the opportunity arises. Similarly, if the resident doesn’t manage their chores, they will likely have to spend a day doing particularly onerous chores to contribute to the household.

It is only on the rarest of occasions that breaking the rules will end with a resident being asked to leave. If it is clear that the resident is uninterested in following the recovery plan provided by the sober living home, that may be the end result – or if the person continually relapses and is unable or unwilling to stop. It’s not an issue that often comes up given that at this point in the recovery process, most patients have demonstrated a commitment to their recovery and recognize that allowing addiction treatment specialists to help them in their process of growth and healing is the best route to long-term success in recovery.

The Process of Recovery

Though many residents initially balk at the idea of rules and liken the experience to being treated “like a child,” it’s important to note that recovery is a continual process and one that happens over years. Because addiction did not happen overnight and, until there is a cure for the disorder, the evidence-based treatment methods that have been proven over the years show us that effective treatment and long-term success in sobriety comes when patients:

  • Actively engage and take part in their own recovery
  • Stay in treatment for as long as possible during the first year after addiction
  • Be open-minded about the treatment and therapeutic options offered to them by addiction treatment specialists
  • Continually assess their own perspective and its effect on their experience

The perspective that rules are unnecessary to recovery overlooks the fact that the patient’s way of doing things ended with them in rehab. In order to build a strong foundation in recovery, patients are encouraged to accept the rules for what they are, do what they need to do to earn more privileges, and stay focused on the larger goal of recovery throughout the process.

Sober Living: The Foundation for a New Life Without Drugs and Alcohol

If you would like to learn more about the benefits provided by a sober living home, contact us at the phone number listed above today and speak with an admissions coordinator that can assist you in finding the right program for your needs.