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Sober Living Homes: Respecting Your Housemates

For most people, one of the most rewarding aspects of the sober living environment is being surrounded by others who share their struggle. For others, it’s one the most challenging aspects. If you believe you may find it difficult to live in a home with others you were not previously acquainted with, you’re not alone; it’s definitely normal to be nervous. Typically, we find that a spirit of fellowship and camaraderie forms among housemates, provided that everyone is respectful of one another. Here are some ways you can do your part to ensure that climate of mutual respect.

Cooperate with house rules. Of course, that means no drugs or alcohol. It also means honoring the nightly curfew, and participating in the chores that are assigned. If the house manager lets one person slide, he has to let everyone slide – so please don’t take advantage of any goodwill you may receive from him. Part of his job is to help everyone get along, and that requires everyone to cooperate.

Keep your own space clean. Speaking of chores, everyone is expected to keep their own living areas (and the spaces they occupy in the common areas) neat and clean. Just like your family home, a sober living home needs all hands on deck to pitch in, every single day. It’s as simple as clearing your place at the table and making sure you don’t leave your shoes out – just good, common sense cleanliness.  

Treat everyone with kindness. Perhaps this is something that sets Christian rehab centers apart from other recovery environments. At Homes of Promise, we expect everyone to abide by the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Jesus instructed his followers to do that for a reason: It works!

Respecting your housemates is necessary in a sober living environment, and certainly a key to the success of our sober living homes. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact Homes of Promise.



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