There are many pathways to long-term recovery from addiction.  One of those includes Sober Living Homes.  In this post, we’ll explore why moving from inpatient treatment or detox into a Sober Living Home might be a good idea.

 

Sober Living Homes are group homes that act as a bridge between the regimented therapeutic structure of inpatient treatment and the “real world.”  They offer a safe, drug- and alcohol-free living space for people early in recovery.  Also called halfway houses, Sober Living Homes may be owned by a company or religious organization, but they are most often owned by private individuals or groups, many of whom are in recovery themselves. These homes operate like co-ops with residents paying rent and sharing chores and house upkeep.

 

Research suggests that people who transition from inpatient treatment to Sober Living Homes may have better long-term sobriety outcomes. Sober Living Homes provide several benefits that may increase residents’ motivation for long term sobriety. Let’s take a look.

 

 

And part of me was like what the … Why are you going with me? What’s your problem? But the other part of me was like, wow, they’re showing they care for me …. And what they said was, you’re not okay. Everything on your face shows terror, anger, and fear, and we just want to go with you … that’s what sober living is all about … I thought that things were okay that day but clearly I was not okay.

 

Thirty to 45 days in inpatient treatment can feel like a lot, and the truth is that Sober Living Homes won’t work for everyone. Still, stepping down from inpatient treatment into a Sober Living Home is something to strongly consider if you can. These homes provide many benefits to those in early recovery, and while there is no one-size-fits-all treatment protocol, the structure, accountability, and built-in social support these homes can provide are key facets of strong recovery for most people.  As a rule, counselors in inpatient facilities will have recommendations for good homes in their area. They should, as a part of aftercare planning, help to facilitate house interviews and the transition from inpatient care to the house upon discharge. If you are interested in stepping into a Sober Living Home after treatment, it’s always a great idea to ask!

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