I find the concept of a sober living home very interesting. It’s a simple yet brilliant idea. In my experience, as a recovering addict, people seem to pay a lot of attention to the rehabilitation process and less to what happens after you get out of rehabilitation houses. I’m a strong believer in the idea that the absence of a drug and alcohol-free living environment can be a reason for relapse. You’ve completed rehabilitation, but the conviction and bravery to re-enter society and resume life as normally as possible is missing. This is why I think the idea of a sober living home is so brilliant. It’s sort of a bridge between getting out of rehab and re-entering society with everyone else.
So, what is a sober house? A sober house is basically a group residence that serves the exclusive purpose of a home for recovering addicts. It’s basically an attempt to emulate regular society, but you’re surrounded by people who are in the same shoes as you are – trying to get back to their normal lives after a struggle with addiction.
A sober living house usually has supervisors and rules that residents have to follow – all geared toward preparing them for what life will look like when they begin to live in regular society independently. Sober living houses make the transition from rehab to independent living easier, whether you’re recovering from drugs or alcohol.
Most sober living environments are quiet, sorta secluded, and peaceful areas where residents can focus on their recovery process without too much disturbance from the outside world. They are usually privately-owned, but there are some free sober living homes and some others that are owned by charities and businesses too.
There are a number of differences in the overall function of sober living homes and rehabs. There are halfway houses too before I forget. What is a halfway house? It’s pretty much a more public version of sober living houses. A lot of them are government-owned, and the buildings are generally more crowded with residents, so they’re a cheaper alternative.
In comparison to rehabs, there is a lot more freedom in sober living homes, despite all the rules. At rehabs, the health care providers are a lot more watchful over the residents, and they barely let them move around freely without supervision, which makes sense because you’re still getting treatment for the addiction, right? In sober homes, though, you can move around at will, as long as you stick by the rules (possibly a curfew). They’ll run the occasional drug test to confirm your ongoing sobriety, but you’re pretty much allowed a lot of freedom. This means that to a large extent, residents of a sober living facility are responsible for themselves – something that is also not entirely the case at rehabs. You have to buy your own food and all that stuff – basically the things that you would expect to do if you were living on your own.
Regarding rules, they’re not as strict as you may think. They’re usually just sensible measures to make sure that everyone stays safe, busy, and away from drugs/alcohol. Needless to say, substances like that are not even allowed in sober living houses. Residents are usually encouraged to look for jobs that’ll keep them busy during the day, you may be expected to contribute to chores around the home, and there’s the curfew thing too. Pretty basic stuff.
If you’ve just gotten out of rehab and you don’t feel ready yet to get straight back into society, just know it’s a perfectly normal feeling. Check out sobor living housing near you, it’s a big help – trust me.