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Sober Living Homes Get High Marks During COVID-19

We can never express how proud we are to be part of the recovery industry. Not only for the great work our peers do to save lives, but also how they carry it out. Another great example of that was shared across local news sites this week, as it was reported that addiction rehab centers across California have reported record lows for COVID-19 infections. This illustrates that facilities across the state are operating safely and efficiently, putting minimal lives in danger.


The Orange County Register was one of the first sites to break the story; highlighting the fact that out of 1,800 California recovery facilities, only 14 coronavirus infections were reported. And let it also be noted that there have been zero deaths at rehab centers across the state.


To us, that is an incredibly impressive stat; especially when you consider the close proximity in which these facilities operate. It shows that recovery teams always go the extra mile to keep both employees and residents safe.


We have been covering COVID-19’s impact on the recovery industry for quite some time now. Of course, the ideal scenario would be switching to telehealth and virtual support via Zoom meetings. We fully support that, but we also know that it is not always possible for everyone struggling.


Sober living homes may be the only option for some, particularly when extenuating circumstances come into play. There are common scenarios where people may not have a home to stay in currently. Or the environment they’re quarantining in may offer too many negative temptations.


For those unique occurrences, a sober living home may still be the best option. And it is comforting to know that if a person chooses that route, they can enter a safe, well regulated environment with minimal risks for contracting COVID-19.


On that note, interestingly, California’s Department of Health Care Services has temporarily permitted more residential treatment beds for local facilities. This extends the bed count that most facilities are licensed for to help, as the Department puts it, “provide necessary shelter and treatment to those in need.”


So, for anyone struggling, the virtual recovery route is most definitely recommended right now IF you feel it properly suits your needs. If not, though, the option still exists for a sober living experience during COVID-19. And one that is safe, professionally operated and welcoming.