The journey to sobriety can be difficult, especially if your addiction battle was a long one. In essence, sober living programs are programs where you are provided with a transitional living program in a home with others who are also in their recovery journey.
Naturally, one of the key features of a sober living program is that you’re living in a space where the key component is maintaining your sobriety. Sober living homes differ from rehab centers, though. While a rehab center provides intense therapy to those living there, a sober living home is usually privately owned. There are certain rules associated with sober living programs, and each program may vary.
Additional features of sober living programs include:
- Most suited to those who have already completed a recovery program such as our detox program and would like additional support staying sober while they transition to their new life.
- Require the participation in a 12-step program or group therapy sessions
- Shared house rules including substance abstinence and shared responsibilities over housekeeping and meal preparation.
- Support in working toward goals.
- A sense of structure that allows for a successful transition into getting back on one’s own feet following recovery.
Why Consider a Sober Living Program?
After completing a drug or alcohol rehab inpatient or detox program, some people aren’t ready to re-enter their lives fully without a significant amount of support, but no longer need the intensity of an inpatient care facility. Others may have lost everything due to their addictions, and they want more support than is offered in a traditional halfway house. Whatever the reason, sober living programs provide excellent extra support structures for those wanting to maintain their sobriety with a little extra safety net.
Sober Living is an excellent option for those in recovery who came from co-dependent situations or situations where they would be surrounded by addicts or alcoholics should they enter back into their previous lives.
Sober Living programs also help by providing individuals who have just gone through recovery to have structure to their days. This can be vital when one of the triggers for addiction is boredom. There is a morning routine with chores, and often a counseling or 12-step meeting. There are evening routines as well, and the day is yours to spend searching for a job, working, performing community service, or attending classes.
While living in transitional housing won’t guarantee sobriety in the long run, a study found that those who do take advantage of transitional housing have better long-term success rates than those who do not. You have a community of support – structure, a sobriety requirement for your housing, and convenient access to counselors or 12-step meetings. You can also meet people who will be your friends in sobriety as you move forward with your goals. The best part of Sober Living programs? You don’t have to give up your job or schooling to get the additional support you need in order to maintain your goal of remaining sober.