Sober Living Homes

Studies by the NIH (The National Institutes of Health) revealed that when former drug addicts leave the protective environment of rehab and treatment and return to their former lifestyles, their resistance to temptation often falls through and they become active in their addiction once more. Sober living homes create a fresh environment free from the old patterns that would tempt those new in recovery into an active using state. These homes help former substance abusers transition into a new lifestyle and mode of thinking, equipping them to handle a sober lifestyle.

A recovering addict must learn to face life as it is and no one wants to live in a treatment center forever. Not only must recovering addicts learn to be independent, but they must also consider the cost of the rehab facility. An over-extended stay in a rehab clinic may also result in a socially immature attitude and an inability to cope with the world beyond the therapeutic environment of the treatment center.

Sober Homes Enhance Recovery

Sober living homes create the necessary transition between the outpatient environment and living at home. It aids the recovery process by teaching the former abuser to cope under less restricted circumstances, but still under light supervision, with supportive assistance available.

Sober-living homes, also called halfway houses, describe where the addict is in the recovery process -- halfway to being able to live in an unrestricted environment, yet still needing support to maintain sobriety. The tenants of sober homes consist of a diverse community of individuals from every level of society who all share a common link – getting their lives back on track. The support and communication of these tenants often aid in the recovery process by helping people to care for others and think about the welfare of someone else. Most sober living homes are private establishments where people must finance their room and board. However, there are a few that are under Medicaid or are willing to work with insurance companies. Checking your insurance options for sober living homes is the best course to take to find whether your insurance is accepted or not.

What to Expect

Although some sober-living homes cater to just one type of addiction, most house people facing challenges from various drugs. Sober living homes offer more than just a place to heal. They are places where the transition from addict to sober individual takes place. Sober living homes provide an open door with new horizons and opportunities.

Activities for recovering addicts often include:

  • Employment seeking: This is the best time for a recovering abuser to focus and put effort into the job hunt while in a stable, supportive place. They can concentrate on preparing for interviews while they grow in their recovery.
  • Adjusting to sobriety: An inpatient program is riddled with rules and supervision. The challenges of everyday life on the home return can be daunting. A sober house eases the individual gradually into taking a normal place in society without adding undue pressure.
  • A safe place to stay: The sober house establishment may be the only place some former addicts have to go that is safe. Then there are those who have a home, but understand that it comes with the same drug related territory they left when going to rehab. Going back means going back to the habit. While these addicts are recovering, they can use the time to find a new place to stay and, with the help of staff, find an appropriate home.
  • Making amends: The healing process should include those who are a part of the addict’s life. Communicating with other residents builds a foundation of trust. This gives addicts in recovery using the 12 step model strength to face those they hurt and help them renew contact with others with a positive outlook.

The Road to Sobriety

Statistics from the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment made a survey of former addicts who spent the transition time in sober homes. After 18 months within their last treatment, recovering addicts who resided in halfway homes were proven to cope successfully with a normal lifestyle. The care and help that were provided for them by sober living communities gave them the boost they needed to face everyday life without the fear of returning to drugs. These individuals remained in good living quarters and abstained from criminal acts.