What to Expect in a Sober Living Home

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sober living homeAfter inpatient addiction treatment, you might be worried about how you’ll adjust to daily life outside of a monitored environment. This is where a sober living home can become a revolutionary, empowering part of your recovery journey.

What Is a Sober Living Home?

A sober living home is a safe environment to continue your recovery and transition back into the “real world” as you learn to be independent without drugs or alcohol.

While sober living homes do not provide as much structure as an inpatient facility, they do reinforce the lessons and healthy habits you learned in rehab as you ease your way back into mainstream society. Random drug testing may be required in some homes; many ask residents to sign a contract stating their commitment to sobriety. This is to protect the recovery path of all residents.

Every sober living homes operates differently – for example, some may have a resident manager who enforces house rules, while others utilize a social model approach in which each resident is accountable for him or herself. In general, residents are typically free to come and go as necessary for work, family, hobbies and social activities, as long as they follow the house rules. While many sober living homes are based on the principles of the 12 Step model, some are rooted in other philosophies as well.

What Are House Rules?

The answer to this question depends on the sober living home in question. Some may just be a safe place with no drugs or alcohol, while others may offer treatment services and ongoing support. These factors will determine the rules and expectations of residents. Some common house rules include:

  • Passing drug tests
  • Attending regular house meetings
  • Attending 12-step meetings
  • Abiding by set curfews
  • Completing assigned chores
  • Participating in assigned grocery shopping and meal prep

Benefits of Sober Living Homes

Everyone’s recovery journey is unique, and while sober living homes aren’t for everyone, many people credit them with their continued sobriety. If you have any concerns about maintaining sobriety on your own, a sober living home can have many benefits. It can help guide you further on the journey toward lifelong recovery and reduce the risk of relapse. Residents in sober living homes have been found to have higher rates of employment, lower rates of incarceration and reduced severity of mental health issues. A sober living home helps reinforce what the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says are the four major dimensions that support recovery:

  • Health: You’ll be better able to make informed, healthy choices that support your physical and emotional well-being.
  • Home: You’ll have a stable and safe place to live.
  • Purpose: You’ll be better equipped to be independent, maintain employment and participate in society.
  • Community: You’ll develop relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope.

Sober Living Homes for Men

At NorthStar, we understand the challenges of returning to the real world after rehab. To this end, our gender-specific sober living homes for men, ages 18 and older, can help you or someone you love establish friendships and build healthy routines that serve you well beyond rehab. To request a tour of our men’s recovery communities, call today: 303-558-6400.