How Legislation Could Influence Residential Sober Living

Once a person finishes their treatment for addiction in a rehabilitation facility, usually the recommendation is to move into a sober living. This transitional residency is suggested as an instrumental means to keep getting a solid foundation in recovery. When someone lives in a sober living, or a halfway house, they are applying life skills that they learned in rehab and establishing new skills that they are acquiring hands on. Having accountability to a house manager, can help them to utilize their recovery tools in real life situations instead of being confined to just the four walls of their rehab.

Moving into a sober living is a rite of passage that has become a regular practice in recovery that has yielded some good results in persons that are wanting make sobriety part of their lifestyle. With this recovery model being located in a standard neighborhood, a person is given an opportunity for routineness while being regulated. With the label of “addict” or “alcoholic” that goes along with a sober living, neighbors may not be as thrilled to find out that the house is occupied by persons that are newly sober, possible criminals, and perhaps possess mental illness.  

With the direction that sober livings have started to go in neighborhoods around the country, there is fear that these sober livings will take up the whole street with a few family homes mixed in while charging $5,000 a month per client without housing regulations being monitored. What has started happening is that sober livings may begin to amass a couple of houses for living, one for dining, one for meeting, and one for recreational purposes. While the intent is to a provide a safe place for a person to evolve from a treatment center to the real world, the persons that own the house are making a pretty penny on their own terms and not giving the nearby residents a choice of whether they want to live in such proximity to sober living houses.

A new bill in California has been introduced to safeguard the home owners in such a community. The bill would instruct the State Department of Health Care Services to ban having two or more sober livings within 300 feet of one another to keep overconcentration from resulting. This bill was developed to contain the number of rising sober livings that have started popping up around the surrounding cities of Los Angeles. If this bill were put into action, most likely it would only affect the sober livings that are trying to build an empire around the neighborhood and protect the rights of the neighbors.

If you or someone you know needs help with alcohol or drug addiction, Renewal Recovery Solutions can give you the support that you need to get sober. Our clinical staff and counselors can integrate a model for recovery that combines therapy and discovery to heed lasting results.

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