A sober living home is a safe place for those wishing to continue their recovery following a detox period and 30/60/90 day or longer rehabilitation program. A sober living home is not a half-way house or treatment center. It is a place where people voluntarily go to continue their recovery with like-minded, sobriety-committed individuals in a home like atmosphere.
Critical to the success of any sober living home is access to vital services, such as public transportation, health departments, healthcare providers, state agencies, education and employment. Columbus is in a location that satisfies all these requirements. Additionally, the projected homes require little build-out in order to provide this critical, safe and effective service to our community.
The backgrounds of the program participants staying in the sober living home will be diverse but share a common issue of substance use disorder. Most importantly, they will all share the common goal of a prosperous life without the use of drugs or alcohol. There will be rigorous qualifications for the sober living homes to ensure a safe and secure experience for our program participants and our community neighbors.
No. Participants in sober living homes will have already completed detox, a rehabilitation program, or are enrolled in an outpatient treatment setting prior to their voluntary commitment to living in the home.
There will be no geographical, demographic or socio-economic limitations to who can live in these homes, so long as they exhibit a genuine willingness towards sobriety and do not pose a risk to themselves or other program participants.
Individuals with a history of sex offenses and arson will not be permitted referred to other housing options. Additionally, we will utilize nationwide best practices to determine individuals best suited for sober living.
Qualification evaluations will be a critical component of an individual’s acceptance decision. Past criminal history, psychiatric evaluations, and other information will be considered. Our commitment to the safety of the program participants and the surrounding community is a priority, and as such some may be disqualified from acceptance.
Program participants will be required to be self-supporting within their first 30 days of coming into the homes. If they are unemployed upon acceptance, they will treat finding a job as their full time job until they find suitable employment. While looking for employment they will have house and community volunteer requirements.
A regimented schedule of employment, daily chores, 12-step meetings, and supervised recreation excursions will not permit much time for extracurricular activity. However, we welcome and hope for an embracing neighborly community whereby our program participants might offer their unique skills and talents to serve the community via service-related projects.
Sobriety is critical to each program participant’s success. To support them in their goals, we will have a minimum of one random drug screen per week. A previously established and successful model, which we are using for these homes, tests each program participant an average of every 3 to 5 days at random.
To ensure the safety and security of all program participants, those found to be in violation of our drug or alcohol policies will be immediately dismissed with care and assistance provided for their departure including referrals to area resources.
Security is very important to us, and we realize its importance to you. Our security plan offers 24×7, 360-degree monitoring. We will secure the premises with camera and other monitoring technologies. Additionally, each home will have a house manager that lives on the premises. The acceptance process will evaluate for any areas of concern and we will have routine inspection of all areas to ensure everyone is committed to the mutual goal of a healthy recovery.
Sober Living homes will be situated near public transportation for program participant use. However, those with vehicles may, upon approval, be permitted to park in the home’s parking spaces situated behind the homes or in other, appropriate designated parking spaces. We are committed to being good neighbors and an asset to our community.
Absolutely. A key component of healthy relationships is to practice transparency and openness, and we endeavor to be loving, caring and good neighbors within the community. Our community’s greatest assets – its people, young and old – are being led astray due to the disease due to substance use disorder. A key component of healing, as a community, is to also practice transparency, openness and active listening. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us below.
We anticipate a peaceful, healthy presence with a profound and measurable impact on the well-being of the community as a result of these homes. Evidence-based data indicates that sober living homes drastically improve the likelihood of an individual maintaining sobriety. We look forward to graduates of these homes being excellent members of our community and society as a whole. While perhaps not the complete answer to economic and social challenges in our community, we are also encouraged by the impact sober living homes have had on the local economy and cultural health in other cities.