For anyone entering a Sober Living House, one of the most important questions is what you can, and cannot have while you are there. You want to start your new life making a good first impression, and if you follow general guidelines you should be well prepared.
Starting with the most commonly banned items will make the transition easier while taking some of the nerves away. The first item would be, of course, any illicit substances. This includes illegal drugs and any kind of alcohol. In addition, if you are on any prescription medications, you must notify them and have your medicine in its original container.
This list is not all-inclusive but will give you a good head-start in most Sober Living Houses. Commonly banned items that contain alcohol:
The things that I can NOT have while in a Sober Living House
- Any medications that are mind or mood altering
- Cosmetic or skin care creams/lotions/liquids
- Food items like vanilla
- Herbal/Organic remedies with mood changing properties
This much more fun part of your preparation is to ensure you feel at home in your new surroundings. Bring clothes that are appropriate for the climate, while still adhering to decency rules. Pants, tees, a business casual outfit, work clothes, exercise attire, and proper shoes are a must. Flip flops for the beach, sport shoes for working out or playing, and dress or work shoes are the best assortment.
As for personal items, make sure you take your personal toiletries (most Houses allow disposable razors) as well as hair tools. Limit jewelry to watches and wedding or engagement rings. If you use tobacco products bring those along too; e-cigarettes and vaping apparatus may be the exception.
Most importantly make sure you bring photographs, journals, and anything that will make your room more homey and comfortable. You want things that remind you of happiness and well being, and bring a centeredness to your surroundings. CD/MP3/DVD players are also a great source of pleasure. Finally and probably the best item to bring is certainly your cell phone so you feel connected again.
You will receive support and guidelines in your Sober Living House so that you can be at your best. When you are ready to begin, our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 561-929-6900