Benefits of Sober Living
Sober living creates a healthy transitional process between the highly structured inpatient treatment environment and the individual’s regular life. Once the rehab is completed exposure to the real world can undo all the effort made while in residential treatment. Stress, conflicts, or even just seeing the corner liquor store can quickly spark a relapse. Sober living allows time to reinforce the new sober lifestyle and healthy habits learned in treatment before returning to regular life.
Utilizing sober living and additional tools while in early recovery can make a big impact on longer term recovery and relapse prevention. Here are the benefits of residing in a sober living house:
- A drug and alcohol-free living environment
- Allows time to reinforce new, healthy habits
- Becoming part of a supportive community
- Learning how to enjoy the sober lifestyle
- Stabilizing work or academic life
- Continuing to work on recovery
Friendships and other social contacts that were intertwined with addiction behaviors must also change in recovery. Sober living can help put distance between the individual and these negative influences, especially in early recovery.
About Sober Living Options
Sober living homes are known by a variety of terms—halfway houses, transitional living, group homes, and recovery houses to name a few. While there may be some variation between them, generally they all function for the same purpose, to help those new in recovery time to stabilize within a drug and alcohol-free environment.
Sober living residences offer a wide range of options based on varying philosophies, structure, and amenities, and services offered. Some sober living options include:
- 12-step based
- Non 12-step based
- Quality of accommodations
- Outside services, such as recreational, spa services, legal help, etc.
- Holistic themed
Because of the wide variety of sober living accommodations available, things like personal preferences, lifestyle, and financial resources will determine the best match for each individual. Most sober living residences offer transportation to and from 12-step recovery meetings, court dates, outpatient counseling services, and doctor appointments.