Handling Concerns about COVID in Sober Living



In these unprecedented times of a prolonged global pandemic, more and more recovering individuals are questioning the wisdom of choosing to reside in a sober living facility in early recovery. While these sober homes are a vital resource for anyone in early sobriety, depending on how they are managed they could be an environment in which COVID is able to spread rapidly and unchecked. Not all sober homes are created equal, and there are those whose management have taken common sense precautions in order to minimize the potential for a COVID outbreak among their residents. Here are a few things to look for in a sober home so you may feel safe despite the ongoing pandemic.


Most sober living facilities are screening potential incoming clients for COVID prior to allowing them to move in. Asking for proof of a negative COVID test result is becoming more and more common in the sober home industry, as this is the best way to ensure new residents to not infect the house with the virus. You should therefore proactively get a COVID test a few days before you plan on moving in to sober living, so you have your results on hand should they inquire. Alternatively, you can avoid the need to get a COVID test by transitioning directly from your inpatient treatment center to that center’s respective sober living, as your existing relationship with their clinical team would negate the required test.


For those existing residents at sober living, most management teams are asking their clients to take common sense precautions in their daily lives to avoid bringing home the virus. While sober homes requiring vaccination are the exception rather than the rule, most are asking residents to mask up in enclosed public spaces and to avoid unnecessary exposure to crowds. Additionally, if you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or are feeling ill, communicating with the management team at your sober home is absolutely a must. Remember, their interest is in the success and safety of all their clients, yourself included, so they will work with you to determine the best course of action should you come up positive for COVID without unduly disturbing your day to day life.


The times we find ourselves living in have required all of us to make some uncomfortable adjustments in our daily routine, and unfortunately many of those in early recovery are having second thoughts when it comes to sober living. If you are feeling uncertain about whether sober living is a good idea in light of COVID, you should remember that relapse is a far greater risk to your life than the virus, especially considering most sober living facilities have taken steps to minimize the risk of an outbreak on their campus. At Evolutions, our sober living management team are taking every necessary precaution to ensure the ongoing safety and well being of our clients. If you are on the fence about sober living, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and let them put your mind at ease when it comes to this excellent opportunity to further insulate yourself from the risk of relapse.


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