How to Start a Sober Living Home

Suppose you’ve recently relapsed and found that the stress of being in environments around alcohol and drugs or a lack of structure is particularly triggering. The first step is to choose the best rehabilitation program available. No matter which substance you use or how severe your addiction is, we can help.

In the period following an intensive inpatient rehab program, clients focus on practicing their newly acquired coping skills and taking the first steps to pursue their new goals. Sober living homes offer the ideal environment for this important phase of recovery. You may also find sober housing as part of a more structured extended care treatment program. These are specially designed to help ease residents’ transition back into everyday life, while still extending ongoing care and support. Residents of sober living facilities must abstain from drugs and alcohol, which provides an excellent peer support system for everyone who lives there. Recovering addicts can practice life skills, such as paying rent and maintaining a clean living space, while surrounded by other sober individuals.

Insurance Providers

Tragically, for many newly in early recovery, sober living homes provide their only option for a safe, sober living scenario. While a sober living house doesn’t offer individual or group counseling, it offers structure and support to help you maintain your sobriety. Additionally, maintaining your sobriety typically requires a home that is free of substances.

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It further provides healthy coping skills and emergency contact numbers in times of high-stress or high-cravings/urges to use. This way you will have a plan of action for what to do during these times and have healthy ways to manage triggers in your daily life. There are many benefits to staying in a sober-living home, including attending 12-step programs, creating structure, accountability, and creating a sober fellowship. A big part of staying in a sober living home is creating positive friendships that help to reinforce the desire to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Substance Use Treatment

Sober living home rules that are honest, fair and that display cultural competency go a long way to help residents feel safe, comfortable, and supported in all aspects of their recovery. The complexity of treatment programs, knowing which level of care you need and how to choose the program best suited to you can sadly become a hesitation for those who desperately need care. If you’ve struggled to understand the different types of treatment, you’re not alone.

What is the benefit of living a sober life?

Improved Quality of Life

Finally, getting sober can improve the overall quality of life. By abstaining from alcohol and drugs, individuals can reduce their risk of physical and mental health problems, improve their relationships, and develop a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment.

As stronger and stronger evidence emerges of the value of community and connection as drivers of recovery, I hope we see more of this kind of practice and research in the U.K. Mutual accountability was “an important driver of behavior” with a sense of responsibility for others being sober house highlighted as key. This struck me as being very similar to living in a therapeutic community model of rehab. Stigma and shame became less powerful [in sober living], and the group looked out for each other. If they leave too early, their chances of relapsing increase significantly.

Characteristics of Sober Living Houses

Most of the clients are low income and many have history of being homeless at some point in their lives. Because a large number do not have a stable living environment that supports abstinence from alcohol and drugs, ORS developed SLHs where clients can live while they attend the outpatient program. The houses are different from freestanding SLHs, such as those at CSTL, because all residents must be involved in the outpatient program.

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