Sober Living Homes
What are Sober Living Homes?
Sober living homes are environments that are drug and alcohol-free. Multiple people who live in the home are all committed to living a substance-free life. The homes are designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for others who desire the same.
Some people move to sober living houses from rehab to reinforce what they have learned as they rebuild their new lives. Others come to sober living houses simply out of a desire for a healthy environment. They can help prevent relapse and offer a supportive peer group environment.
Most follow similar requirements. These usually involve abstinence from drugs and alcohol, completing daily chores, and attending support meetings. These rules are designed to rebuild a sense of community, responsibility, and confidence before fully re-entering the outside world. Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process that can take time; sober living homes can strengthen you and help you understand your challenges.
In effect, these houses can help you transition from a highly structured rehab environment into a life where your choices are your own. Additional information about the benefits of sober homes can be found here.
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Understanding Sober Living Homes
Sober living homes offer a transition from a rehab facility into a more independent life. In order for sober houses to function successfully, they must have requirements for their members. The house rules must be followed, and the homes generally have a low tolerance for breaking rules.
Sober living homes are designed to feel more like a home with greater privacy and independence than a rehab setting. Some require residents to pay rent; others may require that residents work actively seek employment. Others may require community service activities.
Most sober houses allow residents to stay for an indefinite period of time provided they follow the rules and financially contribute to the house. A sober living home may have curfews, random drug screening, and rules around appropriate interactions with others. An addiction-free life may mean leaving old friendships and old habits behind.
A sober living house helps rebuild new life routines and allow a newly sober person to safely re-enter the larger world.
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Benefits of A Sober House
Recovering from any addiction is a complicated and emotional process. Ensuring a healthy and stable environment during a vulnerable time has been proven to help prevent relapse. A 2010 study showed lower drug and alcohol use and sustained improvement at 18 months for individuals in sober living arrangements. Most people moving to a sober living home have completed a rehab program, but not all. Regardless of the circumstances, almost all residents follow a 12-step program for recovery.
The Community in a Sober House
One of the most valuable benefits is the peer support that these homes provide. Learning from others who have been living a life without drugs or alcohol is a key foundation for many 12-step programs. Having this support available 24/7 after leaving rehab is invaluable.
Another important function is accepting responsibility for yourself and your life. Chores in the house and accountability in the form of drug testing and employment are often required in these homes. Removing enabling circumstances is an important step towards a successful transition into full independence.
A Typical Day in a Sober House
A typical day in a sober living house might involve attending a 12-step meeting, completing assigned chores, going to work, attending individual therapy, preparing a meal, and socializing with others in the house or with friends and family. Some sober living houses also allow overnight excursions monthly. Routine and structure are important safety steps in becoming confident and secure in sobriety.
Some sober living homes also provide therapists, medical care, and support staff on-site. This helps ensure consistency and support for the members of the house. This availability helps minimize the chances of relapse. Sober living houses are available in all 50 states. For a directory of sober living houses near you click here.
Mental Illness and Sober Living Homes
For many people, mental illness and addiction are related. Struggling with a mental illness such as depression or anxiety can make you or a loved one more vulnerable to addiction. You may use drugs to self-medicate. But you cannot recover from mental illness through addiction. Once you have completed detox and are in recovery, treatment of any underlying conditions can begin in earnest. A sober living house can help support your recovery.
At Resurgence, we look for all causes of addiction and any underlying mental health issues. Improving coping skills and anxiety will give new tools for recovery and stability. Addiction is a universal problem. Even if things seem fine to outside observers, addiction can still be present. It happens in all families, all social and financial situations. For additional information read more here.
Treatment and Sober Living Homes
If you or a loved one is desiring a treatment center with an option to transition to a sobriety house, we are here to help. At Resurgence, we use an integrated approach to help you heal and recover. We have 20 years of experience breaking the cycle of addiction and shame.
Recovery is not a short process, but it is possible. Simply stopping taking the drug is not recovery. Learning about addiction, treating any underlying issues, and building coping mechanisms other than drug use are learned behaviors that are taught and supported at Resurgence.
We will work with you to determine your individual goals of treatment and customize treatment to your needs. Addiction requires a team approach including safe medical detox, counseling, therapy, and inpatient treatment with a transition to outpatient treatment. We are here to walk through this process with you.
Are you tired? Tired of bad news, tired of lies, tired of the process of keeping addiction going? We can help.
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Addiction Treatment at Resurgence
Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.
Resurgence is available to answer questions or discuss options with you. We have a team of professionals who are dedicated to understanding and healing from addiction. We give hope back to those who are searching for recovery and stability.