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Sober living provides a smooth transition for those in recovery who have completed a residential program. Adjusting back to daily life can be difficult for many individuals, making Sober living an ideal choice for a safe, secure environment while continuing to practice what was learned during inpatient rehab.
At the Recovery Institute of Ohio, we are a treatment program for those who seek recovery from substance abuse disorders and/or mental health problems. Our Sober living options provide clients with a supportive, sober home while they transition back to the “real world.”
What is Sober Living?
Sober living is shared housing with other individuals who are at similar stages of their recovery process and are also sober. This type of housing is essentially a bridge to help ease the transition back into their daily lives.
Sober living serves as a safe, sober space between an inpatient facility and the individual’s normal living environment. After receiving residential treatment, many clients choose to live in a sober living environment before immediately returning to their homes.
What is the Difference Between Sober Living and a Halfway House?
Both sober living homes and a halfway house provide living environments that are drug-free and alcohol-free, but there are distinct differences between the two. Halfway houses typically have a limit on the number of months a resident can stay there, whereas sober living homes offer more flexibility on the length of time someone can stay (assuming they follow the house rules and continue to pay rent).
Additionally, halfway houses tend to require that residents have completed an inpatient treatment program prior to staying in the house. And while many people who live in a sober living home have completed an inpatient program, it is not a requirement.
What are the Benefits of Sober Living?
Adjusting back to daily life can be difficult for many during their path to recovery, especially after leaving their residential program. Sober living offers multiple benefits, including:
Provides a Safe, Sober Living Environment:
Each person in the sober living home is on their path to recovery and abstaining from drugs and alcohol, which creates a safe space for individuals
Increased Flexibility and Independence:
Individuals have less structure than the residential treatment program, which gives them opportunities to put into practice the lessons they have learned during inpatient treatment and finely tune their coping skills.
Offers a More Gentle Transition:
Sober living encourages a continued path of sobriety but with a more phased-approach to recovery than if the individual were to immediately return back to their normal living environment (moderately increasing the exposure to potential triggers).
Access to 12-Step Programs:
Most Sober living homes provide access to 12-step meetings within the home, making these meetings easy to attend.
Provides a Support System:
Sober living provides residents with access to a community of other individuals who are also living a drug-free and alcohol-free lifestyle. This can be very encouraging for residents during their recovery process and can help to build community.
What Can I Expect from a Sober Living House?
While staying in a Sober living house, individuals have independence and flexibility with their schedule and time. They can go to work, visit with friends, engage in social activities, and resume their normal responsibilities. Sober living homes do have curfews that residents are required to follow, as well as attending group meetings that take place within the home on a regular basis.
Most people stay for at least 90 days – The exact amount of time is unique for each individual based on their needs.
Who Should Move into a Sober Living Home?
Moving into a sober recovery environment can be very helpful for those who have recently completed a residential treatment program and have concerns about remaining sober upon returning to their home. Sober living can also be a good fit for those who would like a more flexible rehab program that enables them to keep going to work and maintain their employment.
Find a Sober Living Home
Are you ready to successfully transition into a sober living environment? At the Recovery Institute of Ohio, we can help you transition into the home that is right for your needs and treatment.