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Sober Living

Many long-term addicts have nowhere to go once they complete treatment in a Mississippi drug addiction facility. They have lost everything and are starting over. Others don’t feel prepared to start a new life on their own. For many addicts, sober living homes are the answer.


How the Facilities Work

Sober living homes are located throughout Mississippi, and they may be part of a treatment program or privately owned. They are usually located in residential areas and may be single-family homes or multi-family housing.

A recovering addict can apply to live in one of these facilities after treatment is complete or even during treatment in an outpatient setting. The person must pay rent just like with traditional housing, but all of the other residents are also recovering addicts.

Each person has a room that they share with at least one other person. The number of roommates can be as many as 10 or more, depending on the housing. Each person has chores to do to keep the home in working order and clean.


The Requirements

Living in these homes is a lot like living in an apartment or house. It allows the addict a chance to get used to life on their own while in the sanctuary of a drug-free place. The main difference is the sober living homes have strict rules, including curfew that all residents must abide by.

These homes have zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol. All substances with a high alcohol content are banned, which includes cough medicine and mouthwash. Anyone who disobeys the rules can suffer extreme discipline measures. It can range from heavy fines to eviction.

Besides no tolerance for addictive substances, these homes also have no tolerance for violence or fighting. Harassing other residents is also frowned upon and will lead to punishment.


Why These Homes Work

Even though these rules are strict in sober living homes, they work for recovering addicts. For many, they are used to rules in therapy and having a rigid schedule to follow. They can feel bereft and lost when treatment ends. Having rules as well as support in these homes can help them feel safe as they try to begin a new life.

Living in these homes teaches them about responsibility and interacting with others. They have responsibilities and obligations to their jobs and their roommates. Residents get to practice positive behaviors that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Another benefit is the fact that there are generally no deadlines for how long people can stay in the homes as long as they obey the rules and pay the rent. This allows the person to progress along to complete independence at their own rate. While statistics show that the majority of residents stay less than a year, it is up to each person what timeline is best for them.

The ongoing support of people who understand what they’re going through can be a tremendous blessing. As much support as they might have from family members, it’s different when someone has walked the same path. They can encourage and advise each other, and many homes even have group therapy for additional support.

Prevent Relapse 

If you have a loved one in drug treatment at a Mississippi facility, you may want to think about sober living homes once the program is finished. This place can give them the start they need while providing a safe environment until they have adjusted to work and life after treatment. Recovery is a long-term process and the right steps along the way can help prevent relapse.