In the context of recovery care, “sober living” refers to shared living facilities which are designed to promote a healthy, alcohol and drug-free lifestyle and a safe transition back to daily life. More broadly, the phrase “sober living” can encompass a healthy lifestyle and the attitudes, habits, and choices that help a person maintain sobriety and abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Sober living facilities provide the resources and environment to develop these vital skills, and help recovering addicts stay on the path to recovery through a variety of ways. Sober living facilities usually come late in the recovery process, after an initial rehab treatment strategy is established. Many sober living residents have already undergone rehab or intensive outpatient care, are receiving continued therapy, and are either a part of, or interested in, joining a recovery community.
Sober Living is a Bridge Between Rehab and Independent Living
Sober living facilities offer a bridge between the regimented structure of drug rehab and the often-overwhelming prospect of living on one’s own again. Residents are expected to adhere to certain rules which require abstinence from drugs and alcohol and participation in dedicated recovery work. Rules may also include a curfew, or that residents find full-time employment within a specific time frame. Some houses are affiliated with nearby 12-step recovery programs or other workshops. Many hold in-person meetings where residents can talk about recovery issues and their progress together. Regardless of the specific form of recovery care a house uses, almost all sober houses integrate some form of continued recovery into daily or weekly schedules. Sober living homes promote accountability from residents with the requirement of regular drug testing, house meetings, assigned chores, and continued involvement in the 12 Steps or similar rehabilitation systems. They are ideally located near other recovery resources, as well as in areas where employment opportunities are available. They encourage residents to keep improving and challenging themselves via the development of employment and life skills. Residents may be paired up with a recovery coach or “sponsor” who can guide them through the process, provide support, and answer questions along the way. As such, well-managed sober living homes provide the optimal environment for recovery. One’s living environment is a crucial aspect of recovery, with the impacts of positive support – as well as the dangers of stress and opportunities to relapse – well established. The positive effects of sober living homes on recovery outcomes include greater abstinence from drugs and alcohol, as well as better employment and psychiatric outcomes.
Sober Living Offers Continued Support
Recovering alcoholics are usually at their most vulnerable in the early stages of living after drug rehab or initial treatment. Outside of the controlled environment of a treatment facility, temptations, stressors, and triggers for substance abuse can pop up all too frequently. Sober living facilities minimize these challenges, allowing recovering alcoholics to focus on the skills that truly matter. By surrounding oneself with supportive friends in recovery, a risk-free environment, and daily challenges and work, residents of sober homes can greatly increase their chances of living a life of sustained abstinence and sobriety from alcohol and any other dangerous substances. If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug addiction, please call our admissions specialists at 855.712.7784. We can help.