When it comes to sober living communities, the first thing that pops into most people’s minds is a safe, clean environment for recovering addicts. While that is an important aspect of a sober living home, many facilities offer much more. While resources will vary based upon the specific facility, sober living houses try to offer a range of resources to help recovering addicts return to regular society.
Leaving an addiction treatment facility isn’t as easy as it may seem, and many recovering addicts feel unnerved about returning to society so suddenly. A sober living home offers a way to transition into society more gradually by providing temporary lodging with other recovering addicts. The peer support, as well as the range of resources offered by the home, help recovering addicts adjust to life outside of rehab.
Continuing Therapy and Counseling
Some of the resources you’ll find in a sober living home are similar to those provided in the rehab facility. For instance, peer group support meetings are still available, and they’re often hosted within the sober living home. If that’s not possible for some reason, the meetings may be hosted at a nearby church or another venue. In either case, residents in the home will be made aware of the meetings and will be encouraged to attend.
Depending on your situation, you may still need to see a therapist to help you cope with mental illness or emotional problems. While there won’t usually be a therapist on site, residents in the sober living home will be made aware of services in the community that can help them get the counseling they need. They may partner with community resources to provide free or low-cost counseling to those residents without the ability to pay for therapy on their own.
Rebuilding Your Life
Sober living homes offer a way to transition back into society, but it’s important to understand that these are just temporary living situations. In addition to helping you work your recovery needs into your daily routine, a sober living home offers you time to rebuild a life worth pursuing. This means offering resources to help you find a job, or helping you get back to school to train for a new career. Again, the sober living home’s managers may partner with community organizations to provide you with opportunities that might not otherwise be available to you. Through donations, the sober living home may even provide dress clothes for you to wear to job interviews.
Once you do get back to work, you’ll be able to start saving up for your own place. This is the ultimate goal for each recovering addict, so sober living homes will help you by providing access to the internet and other technology that will help you find and apply for permanent living situations. Since many property owners advertise strictly online, using the home’s computers can be a valuable tool. They may also know of apartment communities who are more open to renting to recovering addicts.
More Resources May Be Available
Each sober living home offers something different in the way of resources. For instance, some homes may house their own exercise equipment, while others may offer gym discounts to their residents. Since exercise, meditation, yoga, and similar activities are healthy ways to manage stress and other triggers, many sober living homes try to offer access to these resources in some way. By providing access to these activities, they can make it a little easier for recovering addicts to stay clean as they adjust to daily living.
Also, spirituality is encouraged, because it provides a source of hope and inspiration. Many sober living homes recognize that recovering addicts follow a variety of different spiritual and religious paths, so they try to provide access to many different religious organizations in the community. Often, counseling from a spiritual leader you trust can give you the guidance that other forms of counseling just can’t provide. While there may not be spiritual services on site, the managers of the sober living house try to provide access to the religious organizations in the surrounding neighborhoods.
A sober living home is often the last step in a total addiction recovery plan. To learn more about rehab and the resources it provides, contact us anytime at 866-698-0823. Our friendly counselors will discuss the recovery process with you and answer any questions you may have about treatment. Making this call can help you get started on living a sober and healthier way of life.
Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.