Sober living homes, often referred to as halfway houses or sober living environments, provide an excellent, safe transitional stepping stone between an inpatient addiction treatment environment and returning home. Many inpatient treatment programs encourage program alumni to spend time in a sober living community before returning to their day-to-day responsibilities and obligations in their community. Many who are new to recovery experience a challenging adjustment. Immediately after treatment. Spending time in a structured sober living home provides the opportunity to practice and reinforce the skills learned during addiction treatment. For many, choosing to spend time in a sober living home can mean the difference between lasting sobriety and recovery and relapse.
What Is a Structured Sober Living?
Addiction is classified as a chronic, relapsing illness. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates as many as 60% of those who complete the comprehensive treatment program will experience at least one incidence of relapse on their journey to lasting recovery. Structured sober living programs provide residents with a safe, supported, and structured environment as a transitional step in their recovery process.
Sober living homes or sober living communities are not standalone addiction treatments. However, they are a valuable and beneficial supplementary treatment to a comprehensive addiction treatment program. Spending time in a sober living community provides a safe alternative to going directly from a treatment facility’s immersive and structured environment to the “unstructured” environment at home.
Sober living homes attempt to replicate day-to-day life while still working to provide opportunities to practice and learn healthy habits and coping strategies that will be beneficial when faced with stressors or triggers. Support, guidance, and structure help reduce the risk of relapse for many addicts each year. During your stay at a structured sober living, you will continue participating in various activities, including ongoing therapy and peer support groups designed to help provide relapse prevention education and vital life skills training.
The Benefits of Going to a Structured Sober Living
There are many benefits to going to structured sober living after completing a comprehensive addiction treatment program. Sober living homes provide a safe and comfortable option for those who are new to recovery and may not feel comfortable returning to an “unmonitored” home environment. Also, sober living homes provide a safe environment to continue working on sobriety goals if the home environment is not conducive to lasting recovery. Although structured sober living homes provide rules and structure, they may not be as intensive and heavily monitored as the inpatient environment. Therefore, this offers the opportunity to continue practicing the skills and tools you learned during treatment in the sober living environment.
A key benefit to structured sober living is relapse prevention. After completing treatment, spending time in a sober living environment provides continued exposure to addiction treatment therapy and other therapies that are critical parts of the relapse prevention process. Time in a sober living community allows for extra time to identify relapse triggers that may be difficult to manage upon returning home. Time spent with like-minded, sober peers provides a strong group of friends and sober community members that you can turn to during challenging times.
If you are approaching the end of your addiction treatment program and would like to learn more about how structured sober living can help you continue your recovery journey, contact our admissions team today. Sober living homes provide a safe and beneficial transitional option between the inpatient care environment and the reduced support of returning home. The admissions team at Ardmore recovery can help you learn more about how structured sober living can help you solidify your relapse prevention skills and continue an ongoing journey to sobriety and overall wellness.