For some people that are seeking treatment for drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, sometimes they have to go outside the box to look for treatment options. For many different reasons, sometimes a residential treatment facility may just not be the right option for them. For those that think that residential treatment may in fact not be a right fit for them, or perhaps they want the freedom that not living at a facility provides, but they will still require the care and attention that would be given to them should they go to a residential treatment facility, they have another option: known as a sober live in companion. This types of support still gives the patient the 24/7 supervision and the care that they will need to get clean, but in their own home environment.
Any sober live in companion should be highly trained and capable of coordinating and organizing schedules and transportation to and from group and family therapy as well as coordinating their schedules with the different treatment groups and making adjustments as needed. They should also help the patient manage any medication that they should be taking and making sure they they are attending AA or NA meetings with proper frequency. Often a sober live in companion will work with a specific treatment center or through that center only, so inquires into the possibility of getting treatment with a live in companion should first be made through the treatment center you are looking into.
In addition to aiding in the taking care of the substance abuse recovery, the sober live in companion is also performing in the role of a life coach: they help teach the patient life skills. They teach and coach the patient in things such as cleaning their apartment and personal hygiene. How to meal plan and grocery shop for themselves. How to prepare meals for themselves and how to budget their personal finance. They assist the patient with identifying their academic and/or vocational goals, and then help them get started on the steps they need to take that will get them to their goals. They motivate and encourage their roommate in gaining control over their life and their body, even down to enrolling them in a gym and taking them to physical fitness classes.
As you can see, a sober live in companion wears many hats and can play a vital roll in the recovery of an individual. They are mother, nurse, counselor and confidant to this person. And in return that companion helps get them through the hardest parts of drug addition recovery process. These providers are also discreet, and can help someone to allow them to continue a little bit of life as usual while they straighten out. They are also an advocate for people that may have to go through a legal court process and may need someone to testify to the progress that patient has made up to that point and the willingness they display to continue their recovery process.