RECOVERY HOME CHECKLIST
What makes one recovery home different from another?
There are several important factors you should consider when making the decision. A recovery home is not just an opportunity for addicts and alcoholics to become sober, it's a place where they learn how to stay sober.
- A recovery home should be affordable without breaking your budget.Just because the home is expensive and offers many luxuries and spa-like services doesn't necessarily mean it has a good program of recovery. As nice as they may seem, it's not a vacation you're looking for, you're trying to learn how to
live a sober life.
- Watch out for places that are extremely inexpensive. More often than not, they have nothing more to offer than room and board and have little or no structure or rules.
- When looking for a recovery home try to get a recommendation from someone who has been through the house, has completed the program and is living a productive and sober lifestyle.
- The house should provide a strong transition for a person coming out of an addiction treatment center or detox facility providing a safe and supportive environment for patients re-entering mainstream society.
- A recovery home is a place where residents can begin to build a real foundation in sobriety with a strong support group of people who share their experience, strength and hope while in a secure, drug free environment. Should have a structured program of recovery that enables residents to follow a 12-step program.
- It should have a highly structured program where residents learn through daily chores, rap sessions and writing how to be responsible for their actions.
- A recovery home should have a program that inspires residents to change and to realize they can achieve their dreams and goals.
- Residents should be required to participate in meetings along with tasks around the house. A recovery home should also offer meetings and rap sessions for residents and their families where they can identify and examine the behavior or circumstances that have contributed to addiction.
- Where residents, after spending some time in the house should be required to get a job while still living in the home. In this way they can become self-supporting and productive members of society.
- One of the most important things a recovery home should offer is a solid support group. The bonds and friendships that are made in the house can last a lifetime. Are graduates of the program still actively involved with the house as sponsors, mentors and friends?
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