The Benefits of Sober Living Treatments
The quicker you go straight home after drug rehabilitation the more likely you are to return to rehab at a later date. Sober living is a perfect transitional living situation for clients requiring more structure than their pre-admission life but less intensive than intensive outpatient (IOP) rehabilitation.
Sober living provides opportunities for independent living and more freedoms, and keeps an individual away from the usual distractions and temptations of residing at home.
The advantages of sober living been found to be valuable for a person in recovery.
Here is how sober living works:
- People pay rent and utilities as if they were in a private residence.
- They share responsibility for property upkeep
- They make their own meals
- Sober living provides a socially adequate and partially “therapeutic” living environment.
- Sober living is not independent living and residents need to follow some basic rules.
Sober living rules often include:
- No drugs or alcohol permitted
- Addictive prescription medications are also prohibited
- Many sober living facilities discourage or prohibit intimate relationships between residents
- Visitors are generally limited
- Maintain a safe place with minimal distractions
- Many have policies regarding following the rules and tending to responsibilities
- People who stray from the rules are not permitted to stay longer
- This keeps the sober living space and expectations as stable and safe as possible
Many day and evening intensive outpatient programs (Day-IOPs, Evening-IOPs) are aligned with sober living facilities which enables a fresh new start including:
- Independent living
- Day or evening employment
- Day or evening IOP
- Self-help meeting attendance
- A social life
- Another chance
- The pursuit of happiness
More benefits of sober living include:
- Minimal environmental distractions
- Less temptations
- Less chances to become entangled in family turmoil
- Less chance to get lazy about recovery treatment and aftercare
- Co-inhabitants are either going to treatment and/or meetings
- Social interaction with sober living residents are more likely to discuss recovery-related topics
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