You’ve gone through detox, withdrawals, and recovery at a residential rehab facility. You’ve proved yourself, and you’re ready to show the world a new you. But what if the people you’re used to seeing aren’t convinced?
Maybe your family was disappointed in you when you left home, or your good friends still expect you to drink or take drugs when you’re hanging out. Maybe you have to find a new job outside of the alcohol industry or a new neighborhood with more things to do.
You’re confident about what you’ve learned in rehab, but you’re not sure that you can handle the social pressures that may pop up in your new life. So, what do you do?
Sober living can help.
What is sober living?
Sober living is a residential option after rehab that can set you up for a smoother transition into your normal life. In a sober living home, you’ll be surrounded by people who are recovering and are committed to a sober lifestyle. You can come and go when you please, visit family and friends on your own time, go to work or school, and separately attend an outpatient therapy program or 12-step meetings. It’s the bridge between short-term recovery and a permanent lifestyle change.
Sober living is a beneficial step to preventing relapse, which in the end, benefits everyone. Drug and alcohol abuse costs the U.S. more than $740 billion per year when calculating productivity loss in the workplace, healthcare expenses, and crime-related costs, according to a 2017 report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. By helping yourself, you help others.
How do sober living homes work?
Sober living homes help keep you on track with your addiction recovery goals. They have frequent meetings and a supervisor that ensures that everyone is staying clean and sober, following house rules, and contributing to chores. Each sober living home has rules you have to follow in order to remain in the home, providing structure and a sense of responsibility to residents.
Typically, your stay would last for 90 days. To make your transition into daily life easier, you pay for sober living rent the same as you would if renting an apartment. Sober living homes can be independently owned and operated, run by a corporation, or run by a church. Some homes also have a social model that let residents have a say in house rules.
Benefits of sober living homes
When you’re in a sober living home, you’ll be in a positive, comfortable environment, surrounded by people who are empathetic and striving toward the same goals of addiction recovery as you. You can look forward to:
- Being financially independent
- Transitioning to normal life with work or school
- Getting help with finding a job or housing
- Having a social support group with similar goals
- Group meetings to keep you on track
- Attending regular 12-step meetings
- Transportation to job interviews, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, and more
Many sober living homes help prepare their residents for situations they may need help with after their stay, such as repairing family relationships, managing triggers, and practicing social skills. Forming these problem-solving skills and habits while residing in sober living equips residents with solutions to challenges they may face when returning to their familiar environment.
Relapse rates for people leaving opioid detox range from 65% to 85% after one month, according to the journal Addiction.
40% to 60% of people who’ve been treated for addiction or alcoholism relapse within a year, according to a 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Patients provided with drug-free recovery housing, coupled with an intensive day-treatment program may be up to 10 times more likely to stay clean than those released from opioid detox with minimal assistance, a study found.
Without therapy, recovery housing alone was almost five times more likely to keep people from returning to opioids.
Addiction treatment programs
While sober living is less structured than rehab and isn’t staffed with medical professionals, you’ll still be able to benefit from treatments. Treatment programs help you with continued addiction recovery after getting past the physical dependency on drugs or alcohol. At Sunset Shores Sober Living in Orange County, California, you’ll have access to the following treatment programs.