How does a Sober Living home keep me sober?
We help you make successful decisions during early sobriety.
The journey to sobriety can start with the hard work of inpatient treatment or intensive outpatient treatment, but some people suffering from addiction may need additional support and resources after their treatment ends. For people who don’t have a strong support system at home, or those who have an unstable living situation where they may be tempted or triggered to drink or use drugs again, a sober living home may help them make successful decisions during early sobriety.
At America’s Sober Living Campus, we get many questions from people who are working on their sobriety, from all walks of life. One of the main ones is, “How does a sober living home keep me sober?” Today we’re exploring the aspects of sober living and walking you through the experience of living in a dedicated sober living environment.
What Are Sober Living Homes?
In a nutshell, sober living homes are private group housing for people who have completed addiction treatment. They differ from rehab centers in that there’s a great deal of individual freedom, so long as the rules of the home, including maintaining sobriety, are followed. The goal of these communities is to promote long-lasting recovery, allowing people to adjust to daily life while maintaining sobriety, and may be helpful for people who have unsuccessfully reintegrated into society after rehab.
Sober living residents are expected to be responsible for themselves, and many require that residents spend time during the day working, going to school, or actively pursuing employment. In addition to this, residents may be required to pay rent, buy their own food, and complete community chores around the home, just as they would completely on their own.
What Kind of Rules Do Sober Living Homes Have?
While each facility differs, there are a few common rules for sober living homes. Residents agree to the rules and consequences when they move in, and breaking the rules can result in fines, additional chores, or being removed from the home.
The primary rule for sober living is that all residents remain sober; that is, they aren’t allowed to use alcohol or drugs, even if they do so off-premises. Bringing drugs or items containing alcohol, such as certain kinds of mouthwash and cooking vanilla, may also be prohibited.
Sober living homes may also require residents to attend a certain number of addiction therapy meetings each week, or participate in anger management classes. Violence of any sort is rarely tolerated.
Who is Allowed To Live in a Sober Living Home?
Although most residents are ones who have just completed an addiction treatment program, it’s not limited to those who just “graduated” rehab. People who are actively working on their sobriety and may be at risk of a relapse on their own are also welcome.
Some homes accept both men and women, while others are all-male or all-female.
Is Sober Living Right For Me?
If you or someone you love is struggling to remain sober, sober living homes may be the best choice for you. These special living arrangements can help residents stay sober by creating expectations for them, and fostering an environment of support to help with relapse prevention. Residents can also make new friends who are also committed to a sober lifestyle, which can help those whose only friends are ones that drink or use.
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Sober Living For You
At America’s Sober Living Campus, we offer sober living in a compassionate environment, with people who are devoted to helping addicts recover. We offer several types of sober living housing, and we can help you find a lifestyle that gets you on your feet, ready to embrace your new life.