Whether you are looking for yourself or helping a loved one with the search, it doesn’t take long to realize that not all sober living housing is designed with the same goals in mind. Not only are there different philosophies governing its best practices for you to explore, there are differing levels of resources available and reinvestment from the facilities, depending on both economic and clinical factors. All of this can make finding the right location a little confusing, and it can also lead some to wonder what kind of difference these variations make in the outcomes for clients.
Matching the Supports to the Individual
For the most part, the varying approaches to sober housing all have their benefits and success stories, and studies are conflicted about whether any one approach is truly the most effective in terms of raw numbers. What has emerged over the last 20 years is a lot of evidence that having supports that validate the individual while providing the checks and balances needed to help them stay on track is the key. Some need more intervention than others, or other kinds of intervention.
This means you need to focus less on finding housing because you think it’s the best, and more on finding the housing that seems like it will provide the right kinds of checks and supports to nurture the individual in question. That can take some time and require some footwork, so don’t be afraid to dig in and ask questions directly to the locations you’re considering. It will help to build a good preview of the changes to come, and it will make the eventual decision about where to go that much easier. Just remember, sometimes the supports you need start out uncomfortable, because they are helping you to build new habits. The key is to be open to understanding why and how policies are made, and what they do to help clients.…