We often say that accepting you have a problem with addiction is the first step toward recovery. The next step is to seek treatment and after that, find a way to rebuild your life free from addiction. While the first two often have a clear path, i.e. going to rehab, rebuilding your life after an addiction treatment program can be quite challenging.
That is where sober living homes come in.
A sober living home is often a privately-owned residence where recovering addicts, usually those who’ve gone through rehab or addiction treatment, go to live as they transition back to the community. These homes provide a safe and stable drug and alcohol-free environment where residents can learn to live and maintain their sobriety.
These homes are normally found within residential areas or neighborhoods, giving residents a chance to practice being part of a community. Since the residents of sober living homes are people recovering from addiction, they need a peaceful and calming environment where they can continue to focus on their recovery even as they begin building their new lives.
In sober living homes, there’s an emphasis on giving and receiving support from each other, empowering each other, taking individual responsibility, and being accountable for your actions. These homes have been found effective in not only helping those who are fresh from rehab find their footing in the real world but also keeping them from relapsing.
Life At a Sober Living Home
- Structured living – Residents in a sober living home have to follow a daily schedule that includes chores, attending house meetings or counseling sessions, and doing community service, among others. This structure provides stability as you know what is expected of you.
- Accountability and personal responsibility – Living in a sober living home means that you agree to comply with the rules of the house. This includes maintaining an alcohol and drug-free environment, keeping a curfew, doing your chores, meeting your financial responsibilities, and even agreeing to random drug tests. You learn to be a responsible person while being accountable to your housemates.
- Support and encouragement – Peer support and encouragement are key aspects of sober living homes. You’re expected to offer and receive support from your housemates. While living at the house, you’ll share experiences and advice as you learn from each other. This social support system is crucial in helping recovering addicts learn how to relate to others and build healthy relationships.
Seek Help Today
Figuring out the next steps after rehab can be difficult but with help from the Findlay Recovery Center, you can do it. Our addiction treatment programs include residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment as well as detoxification programs. We have a robust aftercare program that ensures those leaving our treatment programs continue receiving the care they need to reform their lives. Get in touch today if you’d like to learn more about the work we do.