Sober living is an option after the intensive treatment provided in inpatient care. It can help with adjusting to living sober outside of rehab and ease the transition back to your normal life. In a sober living program, you’ll live in a supervised home with a group of others who are also on the road to recovery. Sober living houses have structured schedules, meetings, and rules to help promote a positive environment free from temptation and distractions.
You can join a sober living home immediately after rehab, or you may find that adjusting to life outside of rehab is difficult. That’s when sober living can help with the transition from rehab to your normal environment. Not everyone who goes through drug or alcohol detox and rehab will need this step, but sober living can help reinforce what you’ve learned in rehab. With the assistance of a support network, it’s less likely that you will relapse.
Living in a sober home will be similar to living in rehab, but here, you will continue to work or go to school and have financial independence. You’ll still attend group meetings and have a support system, but you can come and go out of the home whenever you’d like. There still are curfews, a no-tolerance policy toward alcohol and drugs, and other rules in place to ensure that residents can thrive in a positive, encouraging environment.
Sober living is also called a halfway house because you’re halfway done with recovery. It isn’t just sharing a house with rehabilitated roommates. The home provides a less structured, more independent environment than rehab, but offers more guidance than returning home to an unstructured environment. Sober living homes also help their residents succeed by equipping them with invaluable life skills before returning to living independently, such as:
Gratitude Lodge can help with alcohol detox and addiction, but we don’t offer sober living. We have partnered with local facilities that specialize in sober living homes, in which patients can reside in a safe, positive environment and continue to go to work or go to school. In a sober living home, you’ll attend meetings, attend 12-step meetings, and have financial independence.
You’ll be sharing a home with those who take recovery seriously and who can accompany you in sober activities.
The home is supervised, and everyone in the home will attend group meetings together and outpatient therapy on their own time.
You’ll be able to attend or search for work or take educational courses. You’re responsible for your own expenses.
You’ll avoid high-stress situations and temptations that you may encounter at home with unsupportive friends or family.
The average stay in a sober living home is 90 days, but arrangements can be made for a longer stay. If you think you may have trouble staying sober in your own home environment after rehab, or your family has a negative attitude toward your recovery, a halfway house is a great solution to help you stay on track. This is because professionals are available to help you navigate major changes in your new life.
While sober living allows more freedom, all residents of the home must follow the rules, or they will be kicked out. Every sober living home is different. Some are privately owned and operated, and some are run by churches and businesses. Some assign a supervisor to the house to make sure residents stay on track, and some homes have a social model that allows each resident to have a say in the rules.
Most sober living homes require residents to pay their own rent and do chores. With some exceptions, sober living homes usually aren’t eligible for insurance coverage because they’re not considered a treatment facility by the government. This is because sober living homes don’t offer treatment as rehab facilities do. While this seems like a disadvantage, paying rent can help a resident continue responsible financial habits.
However, outpatient rehab that you may attend during your time in a sober living home may be covered by insurance. Some insurance policies may limit your care providers or may want you to contribute to the cost. The cost depends on your insurance policy deductible and your policy co-pay. Most treatment facilities can help determine if your insurance is eligible for outpatient rehab.
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