About Sober Living
What is sober living? Sober living is a structured living environment specifically designed for men or women who are new to recovery and who have recently completed inpatient treatment. Early recovery can be an unstable time, and having a built-in support system often means the difference between continued recovery and relapse. In a sober living house a person lives alongside other men or women who are in a similar position, who are dedicated to staying sober as they reintegrate into society as a whole. Sober living also provides structure and helps residents develop a daily routine centered around recovery.
Sober homes often enforce rules to help aid their residents in their recovery.
Here are some examples of rules sober living environments may have:
- Residents might be required to wake up by a certain time every morning and return back to the house by a certain time every evening. Curfew is often extended slightly on the weekends.
- Residents might be required to participate in a daily check-in with the other residents in the house. During this check-in residents discuss any issues they might be having or challenges they might be facing, and they inform the support staff of their intentions for the day ahead.
- All residents might be required to keep their personal spaces clean and tidy and participate in daily house chores (which are assigned at the beginning of the week). Common spaces must also be kept clean.
- Residents might be required to find work and remain gainfully employed, unless they are returning to school or participating in regular volunteer work. For example, a resident might opt to volunteer if he or she is already retired.
- Residents might be encouraged to attend at least one recovery meeting of their choosing every day of the week, and show proof of attendance. In most cases this means having the leader of the meeting sign off on an attendance sheet. All residents must remain completely sober and abstain from all mood and mind altering chemical substances. If support staff members suspect that a resident has relapsed he or she is subject to a drug test. If a resident does relapse, he or she will return to a higher level of care with more constant supervision.
- Residents might be asked to pay rent on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis – they come to an agreement with the owner of the sober home before moving in.
As residents reintegrate as functional and productive members of society they begin working towards financial independence and learn the importance of balancing work life, social life and recovery (always prioritizing their sobriety). To learn more about sober living or to be put in touch with one of the sober homes we recommend, today.