Sober Living Orange County
What is Sober Living?
Sober living is an optional service people who have completed a residential inpatient drug or alcohol rehab program can take advantage of. It is usually a group home configuration, with strict rules surrounding substance use, with multiple patients living together under the watch of addiction professionals. They are often located in quiet, peaceful areas to promote recovery.
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Orange County sober homes are like a bridge between rehab and regular life, helping people adjust to daily tasks and responsibilities with plenty of support, helping them continue on the path to long-term recovery, rather than reverting to old ways.
These homes vary in the services they offer, their level of strictness, and the rules surrounding what you can and cannot do while living there. Most sober living homes allow residents to come and go as they please, as long as they abide by the rules, like curfews and participating in random drug tests. People living in sober residences are expected to be responsible for their own actions, doing things for themselves as though they were living at home, like cooking, cleaning, and paying rent.
People most often move into sober living homes when they:
- Do not feel they have a sober, drug- and alcohol-free place to live
- Need additional psychiatric or medical support from licensed professionals
- Would like to continue living in a structured and sober environment where they will be held accountable for their actions
- Do not have a sober-friendly support network in their friend group or their family
- Feel like they are not quite ready to face the stress of everyday life but want to return to work, school, and other normal activities by working or going to school, vocational development, or educational programs
- Need more time to hone the coping mechanisms, communication skills, and self-reliance skills they learned in rehab before living on their own
What is the Difference Between Rehab and Sober Living?
While inpatient rehab is a full-time program after alcohol and drug detox that provides each patient with an entire schedule of treatments, programs, and activities without interacting with the outside world at all, sober living houses in Orange County are more like accommodation. It is a house you live in as you return to normal life once you are released from residential detox and rehab.
Sober living homes are excellent transitions from rehab to everyday life, helping you ease back into work, school, and taking on responsibilities, while dealing with stress and temptations, and staying sober.
Is Sober Living a Good Idea?
Social and environmental factors are big influences on a person’s continued sobriety when they return home from rehab. Sober living is an excellent choice for anybody who feels overwhelmed by the idea of returning directly to their old life after going through a rehab program, for people who need extra support or care as they transition to regular life, and for people who do not have a safe, sober home to return to. Benefits of a sober living home include:
- Reinforcing the lessons that you learned in rehab
- Developing healthy coping skills through real-life situations
- Consistent structure and support as you return to life, with help maintaining your sobriety no matter what comes up
- You will not feel lost, isolated, or alone while in early recovery
- Creating positive friendships and a sober community you can count on
- Healthy life habits can be learned and instilled, like consistent cleaning, cooking healthy meals, financial stability, budgeting, routines, etc.
- Accountability and structure making sure you take responsibility for your own actions
- The combination of freedom and stability helps you adjust to life outside of rehab
- Connections to aftercare support, groups, addiction therapy, rehab alumni outings, and other local support
- Help finding a job, finding housing after treatment, etc.
- Continued attendance at therapy and group meetings
- There are women’s only sober homes that promote female empowerment, and independent living, and address issues more common to women such as trauma due to sexual harassment and assault, stereotypes, needs to be ignored, childcare needs, etc.
- There are men’s only sober homes that provide recovery programs from a male perspective, on emotional issues, trauma, mental health, and relationships. They may work to combat the stigmas surrounding men and addiction, as well as other gender-specific issues
Can You Work While in Sober Living?
Most Orange County sober living homes will require residents to work, go to school, or be in an outpatient rehab program for the entirety of their stay. Depending on your abilities (speak to your therapist about this), you may want to begin working part-time, then increase your hours as you gain confidence in yourself.
Your sober home will ask you to establish a routine and you will need to pay your rent and other bills (phone, food, etc.) on time every month without any financial assistance, so most sober residences will actually encourage you to find a job or return to your career.
You will be able to learn how to live your regular life as a sober person. You will still be expected to attend therapy, groups, and other meetings, so it is important to ensure your work does not prevent you from getting to your mandatory treatments.
If you enter a sober living home without a job, most places will help you with writing resumes, finding jobs to apply to, and working on your interviewing skills, usually allowing you to stay for up to a month as you search for work. If you are in a sober living home and not actively trying to get a job or working, you may be evicted.
How Long Does Sober Living Last?
The average stay in a sober living home, according to the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, is between 166 and 254 days. Living in a sober home for this amount of time will help people graduating from rehab programs to find stable, sober-friendly housing, get used to living life as a sober person with full support, and resist falling back into old habits, including crime, substance abuse, unemployment, and not taking care of their physical and mental health. A sober home will keep a person who is fresh out of rehab on track in their recovery, resulting in a better chance of staying sober long term.
Will Insurance Pay for Sober Living?
Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurance companies to include behavioral health and mental health and addiction treatment centers in their coverage, 60% to 90% of medical detox and rehab (inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient programs, and partial hospitalization programs) are usually covered by insurance companies.
Unfortunately, sober living homes are not covered under this same act and are therefore not usually covered by insurance, although this depends on your specific policy. This is because sober homes are not treatment facilities, they are merely a safe environment you can live in after treatment. For this reason, sober homes charge rent and expect residents to cover their own expenses.
Costs of Orange County sober living homes depend on factors like:
- Where the home is and the amenities provided (luxury homes or beach-front properties will cost more)
- Whether you are staying in a private or shared room
- How long you stay
- If the home has licensed medical professionals, addiction treatment specialists, or therapists on site
Therapy and groups and other ongoing treatment and outpatient programs may continue to be covered by insurance while you are living in a sober home if they are for treating substance use disorders.
Can Sober Living Kick You Out
When you move into a sober living home, you must agree to all the rules of the specific home, as well as the condition that if you violate the rules there will be consequences like making amends to another person in the home, punishments like writing an essay or attending classes or seminars. In some cases, you can be asked to leave the home or return to an addiction recovery center for further inpatient treatment.
Orange County sober living home rules vary depending on the home, but they all have this rule in common: you must stay sober. You may not use alcohol or drugs at all while living in a sober home. You will likely take random drug tests and screenings and may not be allowed to use certain products like mouthwash or vanilla extract due to their alcohol content.
Other common rules in sober living homes include:
- Abiding by a strict curfew
- No violence
- No overnight guests
- On-time rent payments
- Paying your own bills
- Participating in house chores and cleaning
- Respecting others in the home
- Attending meetings, therapy appointments, and support groups, demonstrating active efforts toward recovery
- Being responsible for yourself is a major part of sober living, as addiction will cause a person to act irresponsibly.
- Most sober residences will require you to find work or go to school during the day, go to a treatment center, or otherwise establish a productive routine
Although some residences are less strict than others, it is important to remember that you are there for a reason, and although it may be difficult at times, sober living in Orange County will help you be responsible for yourself, be accountable, and gain the skills you need to live independently so you can remain in long term recovery.
— Resurgence Behavioral Health (@RBHRecovery) May 5, 2022