Many people benefit from aftercare programs that follow residential stays in an addiction treatment program.
One such program is called a sober living environment. Sober living homes are designed to help those who finish treatment ease into the community while putting their recovery tools to work. Typically, these homes provide much more freedom and are a lot less intensive than rehab centers. Participants are free to leave if work permits, attend outside meetings, and visit loved ones. Sober living homes provide structure, accountability, and encouragement through early recovery.
What is a sober living environment like?
Although no two facilities are exactly alike, reputable sober living environments uphold sobriety and safety. This means contraband such as drugs and alcohol are not permitted on the property. If one relapses or displays any unsafe behavior, they generally are asked to leave the house. Many homes require random drug and alcohol tests to ensure the safety of all participants.
What are the rules of a sober living environment?
Rules among houses vary, and most House Managers will outline what is expected of residents participating at their sober living house. Collectively, most houses require residents to actively participate in recovery meetings and contribute to the house with daily chores. Most homes require some involvement in work, school, or an outpatient program.
If you would like more information on sober living and what sober living environments are like, please contact us.