Usually by the time we reach treatment, every aspect of our lives has been overtaken by our addiction. Simply removing the addiction, however, is only the beginning of learning a new life in sobriety.
The transitional period from an inpatient treatment stay to normal life can thus be a difficult and intimidating time for many people in early sobriety. Sober living homes provide the bridge between getting sober and actually living sober as a functioning member of society.
Here we take a look at what sober living homes are and what the benefits of attending one are for those in early sobriety.
What are Sober Living Homes?
Sober living homes are houses or apartments where all the tenants are actively in recovery. While sober homes are a step down from inpatient treatment, they still typically will have structure and staff oversight.
Everyone will typically have a private or semi-private room in which to stay in, while the house will have typical accommodations such as a kitchen, laundry, etc.
What to Expect from Sober Living Homes
While each sober living home is usually different, many will have similar sets of requirements for those living there. Residents will oftentimes be expected to be active in a recovery fellowship and/or enrolled in a treatment program such as an intensive outpatient.
Residents will typically be expected to be accountable to each other, such as chores, curfew, and cleanliness of personal space, etc. Many places will have requirements for integrating back into life, such as requiring employment, school, or volunteer work.
What are the benefits of Sober Living Homes?
Simply put, reintegrating back to regular life immediately after treatment is at best, highly difficult and uncomfortable to achieve while staying sober. The reality is that it is much easier to slip back into old behaviors before achieving a new way of living free of drugs and alcohol.
This is where the benefit of sober living homes to achieving long-term sobriety truly takes place.
Sober living homes provide accountability to residents that typically will stop any slipping into old behaviors long before a relapse occurs. Having a safe environment in which to retreat to at the end of the day removes the fear many in early sobriety have over re-entering society.
As most former residents of sober living homes will attest, a bond amongst residents typically forms that only further strengthens the resolve to learn a new way of living. While early sobriety is unquestionably a difficult time, sober living homes greatly assist the transition from our old lives into our new ones.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.