Today we wanted to take some time to fill you in on the art of recovery house shopping. Picking a recovery residence is a very important decision because of the extreme impact that it can have on the recovery process. If you find yourself lost and anxious while trying to find a recovery house, following these easy steps will make your decision-making significantly less complicated and help you to feel confident in your choice.
5. Rely on the Treatment Facilities
Individuals that work in treatment centers are typically experienced professionals with the best of intentions. Remember that they have your best interests in mind and take their direction into serious consideration. If they are recommending sober living, then it is probably necessary. Do not fight them on this! Also, they probably have a pretty good idea of which recovery residence will best serve your needs. Don’t let that stop you from doing your own research though!
4. Forget About Luxury
Of course, we would all love to pursue recovery by lying poolside under warm sun rays and getting daily massages but it is highly unlikely that this is necessary in order to maintain sobriety. There are many things to be taken into account during early recovery and, though we wish it wasn’t so, money is one of them. Don’t waste it on a ritzy experience because, chances are, you will regret the blow to your wallet in the long run. Look for a house that is clean, well-managed and serious about recovery. Forget about cheesy advertising gimmicks aimed at luring you in and draining your pockets.
3. Beware of Smoke and Mirror Techniques
One thing about recovery residences is that it is very easy to make them look good on paper. Flowery websites and brochures can make subpar residences look like paradise. Don’t buy it. Our advice, be sure to tour the residence before committing to it. Also, make sure you get a chance to tour the house that you will actually be living in, making sure that you are not shown one adequate home then sent to one that doesn’t meet your standards. If the house is unwilling to provide you with a tour, do not even consider moving in.
2. Ask Around
Before moving into a recovery residence, you definitely want to make a few phone calls. First, contact the owner of the residence(s) and ask them about their style of management, the services they provide and which professional organizations they belong to. You want to get the impression that these individuals have a hands-on approach and set high standards for their residents. Secondly, call and talk to someone in a treatment facility. Most facilities have someone who manages the placement of individuals in sober living homes and, even if you have no affiliation with the facility whatsoever, they should be willing to give you some recommendations. If they have nothing nice to say or refuse to comment on a company, consider that a red flag. Also, be sure to reach out to any contacts that you have in the recovery community and ask about the businesses reputation. Keep in mind: some of the most effectively run houses houses are known for “strict” guidelines.
1. Don’t Rush It
We are aware that the fear of not being able to find placement in a recovery residence often causes people to nervously agree to live in the first house that accepts them.Bad idea! We understand this anxiety but strongly discourage people from letting it dictate their decisions. Though you may not always be able to be as choosy as you would like to be, you must make sure that you do your fair share of research and, at the very least, take a thorough tour of the residence and make a few phone calls before committing. A little work beforehand may save you a lot of frustration in the long run and help to enhance your experience in early recovery.
Please be sure to let us know if we missed any good recovery house hunting tips and feel free to give us a call. We are happy to offer advice, referrals and provide tours of Emilie House Recovery Residences. We take drug and alcohol recovery seriously and strive to help people find healthy living situations that meet their needs.