A house manager is often a live-in staff member in a sober living home who serves to aid all the residents in getting what they need to remain sober and continue progressing in their recovery during their stay. Recognizing that everyone is at different levels of readiness in terms of handling certain responsibilities, the house manager must be cognizant of the therapeutic history and diagnosis of each resident and work to assist them in constant growth toward independent living in sobriety.
Available to assist residents both day and night, a house manager is often the first person that a resident meets when entering a sober living home. They are also the first person that residents will speak to when he or she:
In most cases, the house manager has the ability to manage these things on his or her own, but in some cases, it may be necessary to address the question properly by discussing it with the house owner, therapeutic staff, or other staff members at the rehab affiliated with the sober living home.
As a patient begins to make the transition from the round-the-clock support provided by inpatient rehab to independent living, obstacles will arise. These may be logistical (e.g., financial problems, legal issues, difficulty finding a job or a new place to stay, etc.) or they may be emotional (e.g., relationship issues, family problems, stress, anger, depression, etc.). Whatever the cause, it is the house manager’s job to be available to provide support. This support can come in the form of:
Essentially, if any of the residents need help dealing with anything that threatens their sobriety or their ability to remain focused on their recovery, they can ask their house manager for assistance.
Running a household can be labor-intensive especially when there are half a dozen adults in residence. This, too, is the responsibility of the house manager. He or she will be responsible for everything that has to do with maintenance and upkeep in the house and the provision of care for the residents, including:
Recovery from active addiction is a continuum of progress, and a house manager’s role is to aid patients in getting what they need to avoid relapse and continue growing in recovery. Contact us at the phone number listed above to learn more about your loved one’s options in sober living.