The road to recovery is a difficult process. During a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility, a recovering person may ask questions such as:
- How will I adjust to life after rehab?
- What happens when I am confronted with issues that led to this addiction?
- Can I live a life without alcohol or drugs?
Each person will need to answer their questions in their own time and in their own way. One of the keys to a successful rehab is finding a way to transition back to life. To help in recovering there is the sober living home.
Adjusting to Life via the Sober Living Home
The sober living home, sometimes referred to as halfway houses or ¾ houses, provides the recovering person with a gradual means to adjust to life outside. Residents live with others recovering from the same addictions. Meetings are held within the house as well as one-on-one counseling. The idea is to prevent relapse and to support the individual to live a sober life. Living in the home the person slowly learns to deal with the stresses of everyday life while staying on the road to recovery.
During the stay, which can be anywhere from 6 months to over a year, the recovering alcoholic finds work outside the home or attends school. Many homes assist in finding work. Residents pay rent as well as buy their own food.
Research suggests these homes can be a positive step in the recovery process. Most recovering alcoholics are less likely to relapse into their addiction after leaving the home. Studies have shown that recovering addicts are better able to stay clean 12 to 18 months following their time at the home than those who go back into their lives straight from a rehab facility.
Living within the Rules of the Home
All homes have rules. The first and foremost is refraining from drugs and alcohol. There are mandatory drug/alcohol tests to ensure compliance. Residents are required to attend meetings with others in the house and to observe curfews. There are personal and food items that may be restricted such as mouthwashes containing alcohol. Residents are expected to perform household chores throughout their stay. Living within the rules can lead to a life filled with more honesty, integrity and sobriety.
Whether it’s a boarding-style home charging $600 per month or a luxury home charging $10,000 per month, the goal is the same: to support recovering addicts.
Sober Living Home Associations
Homes may be run in cooperation with inpatient rehab facilities. Others may be associated with organizations or coalitions whose focus is to support sober living environments. Some homes are managed by a single individual who has been through recovery and wants to promote sobriety to others in the community.
The Home Search
When going from a rehab facility to a home, it’s important to find a home that will continue to support a person and help them with recovery. Asking for recommendations and interviewing managers and residents of homes is essential to finding the right home. A person may want to gauge how committed people are to staying clean as part of their selection criteria.