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Are sober living homes open during the Coronavirus shelter in place?

Thursday, 26 March, 2020

Everywhere you look, you’ll hear about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. From the local and national news to the radio to social media, it’s all anyone is talking about. If you are in recovery or are planning on going into rehab during this time, you may have a few new questions to ask. One of them is this- are sober living homes still open even though we are all supposed to be sheltering in place? Read on to learn more. 

A sober living home is a place to stay after you have completed rehab but are still wary of going back to your normal lifestyle. This type of facility provides safe and supportive housing and is typically used as a transitional environment between rehab and mainstream society. You’ll be expected to stay clean and sober while living in one of these homes, and you are also expected to contribute to the household in one way or another. 

Whether or not your sober living home will be open while we are all being told to shelter in place will likely depend on the home. Many homes may not accept new patients until the sheltering in place order is lifted. This is especially true for patients coming in from rehabilitation centers, as there are typically a large number of patients together at one time. However, most sober living homes are likely to adjust their rules and requirements during this time if you are already living in one. 

If you are already living in a sober living home, you will likely be asked to limit contact with the outside world as much as possible. You’ll want to stay in and avoid crowds during the pandemic, even if you are not showing symptoms of the virus. You’ll likely be asked to limit visitors at this time. While most sober living homes encourage their patients to earn a living, this may not be possible for those who have been sent home due to the coronavirus. Special rules may be put into place depending on the home. Additionally, it is important to practice social distancing during this pandemic, so anyone who is still coming in and out of the home may be asked to limit their exposure to others. 

If you have any questions concerning rehab or sober living homes during this unexpected pandemic, please feel free to reach out to us at 866-963-7200. We are here to help in any way that we can.