What Sober Living Homes are Like

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

What Sober Living Homes are Like

Think of sober living homes as the bridge that spans the time between inpatient treatment and a return to normal life. It’s an excellent opportunity to apply the coping skills you’ve learned during therapy.

Taking a Bite out of Adjusting to “Real” Life

If there’s a common concern among those overcoming addiction, it would have to be the fear of returning home. Will you be able to maintain your sobriety? How do you build a routine that doesn’t include buying, selling or using drugs? What should you do if cravings hit again when you face your triggers?

Within the safe environment of sober living homes, you get a dress rehearsal of sorts. While you adjust to daily chores, living with roommates, and cooking nutritional meals and keeping your surroundings clean, you’ll have support and accountability. It’s important to practice these activities before moving back home, where someone expects you to function like that on a daily basis. You also get used to doing things that you let go by the wayside while using.

Who are Good Candidates for Moving into Sober Living Homes?

Naturally, the caring staff at an alcohol and drug treatment center won’t send you to one of these residences until you’re ready. In fact, therapists and those overcoming addiction typically work together to determine when someone’s prepared to give it a try. Candidates who have excellent chances for success come from various programs.

  • Outpatient treatment. Graduates from the inpatient treatment program move on to the outpatient setting. Even though individual therapy sessions continue, these program participants are ready to start building independent routines. They also have the opportunity to attend events in the community to practice their social skills.
  • Partial hospitalization. Those participating in a partial hospitalization program may be living with parents or loved ones who are helping them get back on their feet. However, since the goal of sobriety is independent living, the participation in the sober living program can make a big difference. Learning to function independently significantly assists someone overcoming substance abuse to gain the confidence they need to move forward.
  • Setback management. Someone in an aftercare setting may realize that living independently is too difficult. If you’ve moved right past participating in the sober living experience, now is a good time to come back and regroup. Taking advantage of this practice opportunity gives you a chance at working on daily life and social skills.

How to Get Help Now

It all starts with a call to 1st Step Behavioral Health. The caring therapists work with you to check you into a drug and alcohol detox center. Once you finish there, they’ll help you select any drug treatment programs that are right for your unique circumstances. Don’t let addiction rob you of another day of life. Call (866) 319-6126 now to get help!

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.