Sober Living: What Is It Like?

If you’re thinking about a sober living home, you’re likely already in recovery. You might have gone through addiction treatment and you need a safe place to call home for awhile. Or you might be moving straight into a sober living home to get out of an environment that may not be good for your sobriety. Whatever the case may be, if you’re giving thought to residing at a sober living home for awhile you probably want to know what it’s like there. You likely want to know a little bit about what you’ll experience while you’re there.

A sober living home provides a safe and structured home for those who are recovering from addiction to either drugs or alcohol. Some homes might have a little as 4 rooms occupied by two people each. Or they might be larger homes with individuals possessing their own room. Before moving in, you can ask about the size of the house as well as the whether you’ll be sharing a room with someone. Typically, sober living homes are reasonably affordable for the general public. So, in general, you won’t find too many bells and whistles. However, some sober living homes are designed to accommodate those who prefer a more luxurious lifestyle.

Whether big or small, luxurious or not, all sober living homes require that their residents demonstrate the steps their taking toward long-term sobriety. This might mean attendance to 12-step meetings, random drug tests, working with a sponsor, and/or attending therapy. The goal of all residents of a sober living home is to strengthen their confidence in staying sober, building a sober network of support, and overcoming the initial challenges that come with early recovery.

In addition to these goals, many residents are working on creating a new drug-free lifestyle. For instance, they might be amending relationships with family members, looking for a job, and searching for a safe place to live when they move out. Many of them are actively involved in their recovery. This might not only mean participating in what’s required of them by the sober living home. But also working on getting better in general. They might be seeing a psychiatrist, visiting their primary care physician, and spending time with new sober friends.

One of the greatest advantages of a sober living home is the relationships that a person can build with the other residents. Because all residents are focused on sobriety, spending time with your roommate or others can actually build a person’s confidence. Sharing the same goal to stay sober, the same daunting task to create a new life, and the same challenges of recovery can bring people together. And those friendships can lead to support, encouragement, and inner strength. In fact, some sober living homes encourage participation in group events so that these kind of friendships can form.

Keep in mind that sober living homes are not all fun and games. Residents are frequently required to do chores, including cooking for the other residents on a regular basis. There might be cleaning to do and curfews to follow. All sober living homes will ask their residents to follow certain rules to maintain safety and sobriety for everyone.

In fact, sober living homes are like going to New York if you want to see a Broadway play.  If you want to strengthen your sobriety and your living at a sober living home, then you’re in the right place!

 

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