Free of Alcohol and Drugs
Sober living homes are group homes that are free of alcohol and drugs for individuals in recovery. They operate like a co-op, where you pay the costs and maintain the home by contributing to the upkeep of the house through rent and chores.
There are all types of sober living homes. Some are owned by businesses or religious groups, but the majority of homes are run privately, most often by groups of sober people who form an informal agreement to have a sober living arrangement. These privately run homes allow you to invest in your own recovery.
Each sober living home operates differently. Some have a resident manager that oversees and enforces the house rules, while other homes have a social model approach in which each resident has decision-making power. However, there are rules and disciples in those homes and everyone has to follow house rules so they can stay in the home, regardless of management style.
Difference Between Sober Living Homes and Residential Programs
How Are Sober Living Homes Different to Other Residential Programs? Sober living homes are different from other residential programs, such as residential treatment centers, in that they are more loosely structured to facilitate employment and other outside obligations. Random drug testing may be required in some homes.
As a resident, you are free to come and go as necessary for work, family, business, or leisure activity as long as you adhere to the house rules. You are independent and responsible for your own recovery and well-being. If someone in the house is not committed and/or he or she is not ready for recovery, it can hinder the recovery process for the entire house; that is why most homes require that you have already completed a treatment program and/or detox.
In addition, many homes will require you to agree to sign a contract stating your commitment to recovery. This is all to safeguard the recovery process for everyone else in the home.
Recovery of all Residents
Do you know how sober living homes help its residents? Having a stable living environment is important for everyone’s well-being. It is especially important if you’re in recovery. Studies have shown that dysfunctional home environments can derail recovery efforts and even contribute to alcohol or drug abuse. A sober living home is one form of a safe living arrangement that lends itself to the recovery of all residents.
You will be strongly encouraged and supported by fellow residents to attend treatment outside of the home through outpatient treatment options and/or a 12-step program. Sober living only works if you actually want to be there and are committed to your recovery. To be surrounded by caring people on the same path, to share meals, and to have someone to talk to and go to meetings with can be the make-it-or-break-it factor in whether or not you stay sober.
Who Lives in Sober Living Homes?
Most sober living homes do not restrict who lives in them; however, many do require that you’ve gone through some level of rehab prior to living in the home. Additionally, many group homes require you to continue to seek treatment or to participate in a 12-step program in order to live there.
As a resident, it is important that you are committed to living in the home and to your own recovery. This responsibility of one’s own recovery is crucial to the recovery process.
Cost of Sober Living Homes
The cost of living in a sober living home can vary based on location; however, the rates are typically similar to those of moderately priced rental apartments. In many homes, you will not be required to pay for utility costs; however, conscientious use of utilities, such as electricity and water, will be expected, and you can be reprimanded if you overuse utilities.
Overall, it is a cheaper alternative to residential treatment centers where treatment services are provided.
What to Expect in a Sober Living Home
In an inpatient treatment center, patients are totally immersed in their rehab programs and generally don’t have much dependence. In sober living homes, that is not the case.
Residents aren’t bound to the sober living home’s campus and can come and go as they please. This allows individuals in recovery to feel like they are easing back into normal life and can start going back to their daily tasks and responsibilities. Although sober living homes are less restrictive than inpatient facilities, they still have rules that residents must abide by, including curfews and group meeting attendance.
There are many benefits to staying in a sober-living home, including attending 12-step programs, creating structure, accountability, and creating a sober fellowship. A big part of staying in a sober living home is creating positive friendships that help to reinforce the desire to abstain from drugs and alcohol.
This support system allows residents to avoid the isolation that can sometimes come with returning home while in recovery. It further provides an environment to support recovery from substance abuse and addiction for those who are emerging from rehab. Sober living homes provide a combination of freedom and structure to help the person begin to readjust to life outside of rehab. They are set up specially to serve as transitional housing for people coming out of treatment.