When Should I Look for a Sober Living Home?

When Should I Look for a Sober Living Home?In rehab, recovering addicts experience clarity and progress. With constant support and coaching, it is easier to remain focused on the goal of sobriety and the reasons for deciding to overcome addiction in the first place. Transitioning back into everyday life with its temptations and freedoms can be a difficult adjustment for many people to make.

Sober living homes, which are group homes for addicts, can help ease the transition. A sober living home is like a bridge between the immersive experience of professional treatment and everyday life.

What to Look for in a Sober Living Home

Some sober living homes cater to the needs of one gender or the other. Some welcome addicts of all different kinds while others focus on gathering people who have faced the same type of addiction. Some accept health insurance, but others require payment by the individual. The costs of services vary at each facility.

Anyone looking to live in a sober living home after rehab should look for certain basic aspects in the home that will help the transition back to everyday life. Goals that any quality sober living home sets out to accomplish include the following:

  • To help patients avoid the shock of reentering the real world after months in a supportive community – The support and help that treatment professionals provide in inpatient care has helped countless addicts change their lives for the better. After immersion in a community that is supportive and focused on helping recovering addicts change themselves, it can be shocking to return to everyday life and its challenges. Sober living homes provide residents with a more gradual move into the next phase of life.
  • To help patients avoid the escalating costs of long-term full-service treatment – Extended stays at residential treatment facilities can be costly. Sober living homes ensure that the addict is still in an environment that is conducive to recovery without all the costs of full-service treatment.
  • To provide structure, but with less supervision than inpatient programs – Residents are given more freedom and independence than they experienced during inpatient treatment, but they still must submit to curfews, drug testing, and consequences for certain infractions.
  • To provide a sense of community – Residents are able to interact with their peers, others who have faced and overcome the same struggles.
  • To prepare residents with life skills for sober living – Residents must provide for themselves, which can be a healthy challenge for addicts who are accustomed to relying on family members or friends.
  • To give residents time to make arrangements for the next step in life – Sober living houses can help during the search for employment. They offer a living situation without the pressure of immediately having to figure out all aspects of life after leaving residential rehab.

Sober living homes can be an important step in an addict’s road to recovery.

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