Sober living facilities give drug and alcohol abusers the option of controlling their immediate environment while they transition into recovery from an addiction.
Many addicts find that they succeed during rehab at getting clean, but relapse soon after returning home due to environmental influences.
In one Journal of Psychoactive Drugs study of recovering addicts in a sober living facility, abstinence rates were at 11 percent initially and increased to 68 percent at six months.
Most sober living centers will require that you wake up at a reasonable time to start the day and abide by a curfew at bedtime. Some other general rules that apply at many sober living centers include:
- Attend meetings
- Find a job
- Participate in regular chores and community work activities
- Drug testing
- Make amends
- Arrange for future accommodations
Whether the meeting is just to check in on everyone’s progress or a structured 12-Step meeting, regular meetings are a standard part of life at nearly any sober living facility. Sometimes group therapy is implemented during these sessions as a way of creating bonds between different residents and strengthening their reliance upon one another.
Your time spent at a sober living facility is to prepare you for returning to your daily life. The primary goal in mind may be avoiding relapse, but you also have to be able to sustain your lifestyle and keep yourself busy with productive tasks. Sober living centers supply you with a great amount of help that can aid you in securing employment before you return home. Around one in six unemployed workers are substance abusers and addicts, CNN reports.
Chore Time and Community Service
When living in a facility with a group of people, everyone is expected to pitch in and help keep the place clean and orderly. Chores may include smaller tasks like laundry, dusting and scrubbing floors, or you might find yourself outside clearing debris from gutters and raking leaves from the lawn. Regardless, active participation shows that you care about pulling your own weight—something you may have faltered on prior to treatment.
Drug testing is to be expected at sober living centers. Routine checks are in place to make sure substances aren’t being taken into these facilities. Residents are allowed to leave the property for hours at a time, during which the potential for drug or alcohol use exists. Thus, drug testing may often follow these day trips or a sober companion may accompany you.
Often a part of 12-Step programs, making amends is a huge part of the recovery process and frequently takes longer to accomplish than the time allotted in treatment. During your stay at a sober living facility, you can touch base with loved ones you’ve harmed in the past and friends you hope to reconnect with. This time should be used wisely to apologize and set the stage for a clean slate when you return home.
Speaking of home, you’ll need one, and not everyone has one. Many addicts enter treatment after being turned away by spouses or family members. Some lose their homes while in treatment due to an inability to pay for it. The Anawim Christian Community notes around 25 to 40 percent of the homeless population are addicts. Sober living facilities provide a surplus of resources to assist you in securing a place to live when you move out of the facility.
Could You Benefit from Sober Living?
From the functional alcoholic to the opiate addict who almost died from an overdose, a lot of people can be well-suited for sober living. Individuals who are a battling co-occurring mental health conditions are even more prone to relapse and susceptible to environmental influence. Whether you’re battling addiction alone or a myriad of issues, we can help. Call us to learn how.