Why sober homes are so important?
Drug addiction and alcoholism affects the lives of almost every person in America in some shape or form. It causes a loss to communities, loss to families, and a loss of lives. Social support structure is one of the most important factors in sustaining recovery. Following inpatient treatment, patients are faced with limited options for where they can live while they continue their recovery. Many return to non-supportive environments and relapse immediately. Some stay strong initially, but eventually fall prey to social and environmental pressures and triggers.
Through structured, recovery-focused, group home communities called sober houses, those in recovery can be equipped for a life free from substance dependence. We see a world where every person in recovery is a member of a recovery community, has access to a supportive home environment, and where those around them see their value as a member of society.
Our sober homes lead by the principles of the 12-Steps are a healthy alternative to living alone. Residents experience independent group living encouraged by their brothers or sisters in recovery. Sober homes offer a support structure, often the only one available to someone who has struggled with addiction. The sober house environment, combined with meetings, outpatient treatment, and other programs, give residents an opportunity to live both independently as well as supported by multi-faceted group support.
Our homes allow for independence, but are guided by a set of recovery-focused house rules, standards, and expectations. Residents are required to attend meetings, adhere to a curfew, and participate in house and community events. All residents are required to attend an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), work full-time, attend school full-time, or volunteer while looking for work. However, the core of the structure is abstinence from drugs and alcohol; residents found under the influence or in possession of such items will be discharged immediately.
For sober houses to be effective, they must be accessible and affordable. They must be run independently without the involvement of government or special interests. They must be led by those they serve. They must always be healthy and recovery-focused. Leadership must enforce rules with diligence and fairness.
We understand this is a tall order, but every member of Vanderburgh House, from paid staff to house managers, has been affected deeply by the epidemic that we face. We get up every morning ready to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve for the greater good of all.