Sober Living Homes in Kokomo, Indiana
Sober Living in Indiana
Addiction treatment is arguably the most crucial step of the recovery process. After all, without rehab, the overall recovery process can’t begin. However, once treatment has been completed, the process isn’t over. If anything, it is just beginning.
For many people, especially those who went to inpatient treatment, once that ends it is time for them to start their lives again. While some can simply return to their homes and start their new, sober life, not everyone is that fortunate. Many people finish treatment and find themselves with nowhere to go for a variety of reasons. Some don’t have a safe, supportive, and sober place to go back to. Others, while dealing with addiction might have been told to leave their homes and not come back.
Regardless of the reason, for those who either can’t or don’t want to go back home, sober living in Indiana is a great option for them. At First City Recovery, we offer sober living for those in need, whether they went through treatment with us or not.
What Is A Sober Living Home?
A sober living home is a community of residences designed for those who are newly out of treatment and out on their own. These communities provide those looking for it a safe, structured, and substance-free environment for them to live in while they get back on their feet and begin their new, sober life.
Also known as halfway houses, transitional homes, and recovery homes, sober living homes are ideal for those who are either looking for a structured living situation as they learn how to go about their lives sober. They are also meant for those who no longer have a place to live after they have completed treatment.
How Are Indiana Halfway Houses Operated?
Sober living in Indiana can either be operated by a private entity, or by a treatment facility such as First City Recovery. Regardless of who runs the community, sober living homes are governed by rules and guidelines. Most of these rules are universal in all communities, however, some sober living homes might have additional rules or guidelines that are unique to them. All rules and guidelines are made to promote both sobriety and a sense of community and failure to comply with all rules can lead to removal from the sober living facility.
How Do Sober Living Homes Fit Into the Recovery Process?
Life after treatment can be incredibly overwhelming. You have essentially hit the reset button on your life and are starting over again. For some, it might be a soft reset. They might still have a job, a home, and a family to return to and now have to figure out how to navigate their newly sober life. For others, it can be more of a hard reset, both literally and figuratively.
Some people don’t go to treatment until they have hit rock bottom and have lost everything. That’s where a sober living home can help. Sober living homes provide housing for those who have finished treatment and now need some help getting back on their feet and starting over again. The homes are structured and there are expectations that must be met in order to live in one such as finding and keeping a job, paying bills, and attending meetings.
What Kind Of Structure Do Indiana Halfway Houses Provide?
As mentioned above, there are certain expectations and criteria that must be met in order to move into and stay living in a sober living home. These rules are often implemented to ensure the wellness and safety of all those living in the community and to help limit the chances of a relapse. Additionally, the structure provided by a sober living home, while not quite as rigorous as the one found at a treatment facility, helps those who are living in the community ease their way back into society. For the most part, the “house rules” of a sober living home are pretty universal for all facilities. However, some sober living homes also have additional rules that are unique to their community.
Since these rules must be followed in order to live in a sober living home, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules of the community before moving in. Some of the more common rules you will find include:
- Absolutely zero drug or alcohol use or possession
- Must submit to regular drug and alcohol testing
- Must pay all bills on time (rent, utilities, etc.)
- No fraternizing with the staff
- Attend support group meetings
- Perform all chores required on time
- Find and keep a job
- Obey curfews if applicable
- If visitors are allowed, all visitation rules must be adhered to
- Participate in house meetings and events
- Respect all housemates
- Absolutely no stealing or vandalizing property
Depending on the severity of the infraction and the type of infraction, failing to follow house rules can result in anything from a verbal warning to eviction. Infractions such as failing a drug or alcohol test, being caught with drugs or alcohol on the property, or getting into a physical altercation are all zero-tolerance rules, and breaking any of those will result in immediate removal from the home.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Sober Living in Indiana?
Sober living homes provide a safe and sober living environment. What makes a sober living home unique is everything living on the property is there for the same reason and that’s to remain sober and continue their road to recovery while they work on both themselves and their new sober lives.
These facilities are ideal for those who either don’t have anywhere to go after they have completed treatment as well as those looking for a more structured living environment than they might find somewhere else.
Below are some of the biggest benefits of living in a sober living home.
Stability and Support
While in treatment, everything is planned out, sometimes even down to the minute, from therapy sessions to even meals. Going from a setting where your entire day is planned out back to your regular life where there might be very little if any structure can be daunting. It can also lead to relapse. Sober living homes provide some structure and stability, although not quite as much as while in treatment. Those living in a sober living facility can come and go as they please and can even have visitors (depending on the house rules).
A Sense of Community
Unfortunately, addiction can often lead to a feeling of loneliness and even alienation. Friends and family might not want to be around the person anymore, even after they have gotten sober and their new “friends” they made while using were never really friends, they were just other people looking to get high or drunk.
Everyone living in a sober living community is there for the same reason. They are there to remain sober while they get back on their feet and learn how to live a sober life. This can give people something to bond and connect over. Additionally, most sober living homes provide group activities and meetings.
Continued Treatment and Resources
One of the universal “house rules” of a transitional living home is that everyone living there must continue attending some sort of support group or 12-step meetings, such as AA or NA. This is done not only to continue to encourage that sense of community discussed above but also to help decrease the chances of a relapse. Living in an environment where everyone who is living there has the same shared goal of remaining clean and sober and attending meetings and support groups incentives each individual to stick with the plan.
How Much Does Sober Living in Indiana Cost?
Much in the same way that “house rules” differ from one sober living home to the next, so does the cost to live in one. The operator of the sober living home sets the cost-of-living price and the cost to live in one is negotiated and agreed upon before the person moves in.
Typically the cost only includes the base rent. That means that the person living at the facility is often responsible for all other expenses including:
- General cost of living expenses
Does Insurance Cover Sober Living?
While more and more insurance companies cover the cost of addiction treatment, not all of them cover the cost of sober living. That means that most people are responsible for the full cost on their own.
At First City Recovery Center, we understand the importance of sober living. That’s why we will go over all costs including rent price before move-in. If your insurance company is one that covers sober living we will take a look at your policy and factor that in before giving you a total as far as what your out-of-pocket cost will be.
Are You Looking For Sober Living in Indiana?
Having a safe and welcoming environment to go to once treatment has been completed is essential to remaining clean and sober. At First City Recovery Center we understand that, which is why we offer sober living homes in addition to our treatment options. For more information, contact us today.
Dr. Vahid Osman, MD is a psychiatry specialist in Indianapolis, IN.
Dr. Osman completed a residency at Austin State Hospital. He has over 32 years of experience in Psychiatry & Behavioral Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.