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When Should I Look for a Sober Living Home?

When Should I Look for a Sober Living Home?Addiction has many causes, but one major factor is someone’s environment. Where and how you live, and with whom, can all influence whether or not you struggle with addiction, and all of these factors can also make it incredibly difficult to maintain your new-found recovery after treatment ends. In response to this, treatment professionals created sober living homes (SLHs), which help people transition into accountable, supportive living arrangements after inpatient rehab ends. After intensive treatment ends or while someone seeks outpatient care, SLHs can be the difference between recovery and relapse, so seek this resource to protect yourself and to stay sober.

Benefits of Sober Living Homes

From the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs’ “What Did We Learn from Our Study on Sober Living Houses and Where Do We Go from Here?” (December 2010), readers can learn that “destructive living environments can derail recovery for even highly motivated individuals.” Because of this, recovering addicts who leave rehab need further support to maintain recovery. Fortunately, this article also details the benefits of SLHs after treatment, like social support, a factor associated with better treatment and recovery outcomes. As SLHs provide peer support in a positive environment, they encourage residents to maintain recovery and to seek sober friends. SLHs do not include formal treatment, but they encourage continued support group attendance that does, so recovery is still a work in progress, not a destination.

Problems of Sober Living Homes

One downside to an SLH is that attendance is typically limited to a specific amount of time. Rather than determining if residents are ready to leave or if they should stay based on personal recovery needs, SLHs usually have a predetermined amount of time that users can stay. They may require residents to complete an inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment program, but completing treatment does not mean that someone will avoid relapse. Furthermore, people who disliked these programs or are unwilling to attend them may avoid sober living homes, which is unfortunate, given that SLHs offers such benefits. Another problem with these programs is that residents pay for their own cost of living, which may tempt people to skip this important step in long-term recovery. However, should people seek this care, they will strengthen their recoveries and find support to stay sober.

Find Sober Living Homes

Long-term addiction recovery begins with formal and professional treatment, but an SLH can help you continue working. Call our toll-free helpline now to get connected with addiction recovery resources. Our admissions coordinators can connect you with treatment that will meet your unique needs, and these options will encourage people to continue treatment through aftercare, such as sober living houses. They are available 24 hours a day, so there is no wrong time to call and begin your journey to a drug-free life.