What is Sober Living?
Surround yourself with people who understand your struggles.
If you’ve recently completed a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, you may be considering sober living, instead of returning to the place you were living before you started treatment. Or, maybe you’re struggling to stay sober in your current environment and need more structure and support than you’re currently getting.
Today, America’s Sober Campus is answering common questions that people have about sober living. And, when you’re ready, speak with one of our compassionate intake counselors about which sober living community is right for you.
What is Sober Living?
Sober living homes are group residences intended for people who are committed to a sober lifestyle. They’re often the next step after someone completes drug or alcohol rehab, and offer a supportive environment free of substance use.
Many sober living homes are located in quieter areas of the city, and foster a peaceful environment for people new into their sobriety.
Do Sober Living Homes Have Rules?
Unlike inpatient rehab facilities that provide the physical needs of residents and have strict rules about allowing participants to leave, sober living homes encourage the housemates to take more responsibility for themselves. However, to support each other and promote a sober lifestyle, almost all homes have a complete ban on drugs or alcohol in the building and require that their residents remain sober, including having weekly drug screenings.
Violence of any type is also against the house rules in many sober living homes. If residents break rules, they can be subject to eviction or may have to make restitution in another way, such as writing an apology letter to someone they harmed or competing extra chores.
Do I Have to Pay For Sober Living?
Your insurance company may not cover sober living arrangements, and many of these homes are private facilities. Residents are typically required to contribute rent and buy their own groceries and prepare their own meals. Some homes may have communal dining, although each house varies. You may wish to consult your insurance company to see if you can receive assistance paying for sober living.
Can I Work In Sober Living?
Yes! In fact, many sober living homes require residents to have a job, be enrolled in school, or demonstrate that they’re actively seeking a job, including attending career counseling classes and submitting a certain number of job applications each week. Plus, since most sober living residents are required to pay their own way, having a job is definitely a plus.
If I Was in Rehab For Drugs, Can I Drink in a Sober Living Home?
Generally, the answer is no. Most sobriety programs emphasize abstinence for all addictive substances, including alcohol. Plus, many people may “switch addictions” after completing a treatment program, choosing to drink instead of use drugs, or vice versa. Plus, often sober living homes are open to people who struggle with either alcohol or drugs, or both, and having alcohol in the home can be triggering to former alcoholics.
Can I Have Visitors in Sober Living?
The rules for visitors can vary from home to home. Some may allow visitors during the day, but not overnight, while others may limit visitors to family members.
Why Should I Choose Sober Living?
Sober living homes are intended to give those at risk for relapse a supportive safety net, allowing them to be surrounded by people who understand the struggles of those newly sober and giving them a network of support if they have cravings or are triggered to drink or use. Sober living homes are intended to help with the transition to “regular life” without drinking or using.
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If you’re worried that your current living situation may not be good for your sobriety, we can help. Give us a call today to discuss your needs, and we can help find the right sober living home for you.