Sober Living Communities in the United States
Sober living environments really took off in the Western US and were established out of a need to have a safe and drug-free place for individuals coming out of rehab and wanting to re-establish his or her life. Sober living houses are structured for recovering addicts to live among other recovering addicts, while being supported in their recovery. These homes are not necessarily rehabilitation or treatment centers, but rather a place to live after rehab to allow for time to build a normal life. Clients whom attend these sober living environments normally pay a certain amount per week to live there. They work together as a community, and many of these sober living homes are established on the twelve-step model of addiction treatment. Many of the same rules apply as in a treatment center, no drugs or alcohol are allowed in sober living environments, and each home typically are either all males or all females.
Typically governed and certified by sober living coalitions and networks, utilizing twelve-step programs and proven recovery methodologies, clients living there will participate in group meetings, take drugs tests, and work with the staff to ensure they are taking the right steps forward in their new life. Most sober living homes are not co-ed but some do exist, as well some sober living environments are sober colleges having a dormitory environment helping young people with their recovery. Some of these sober living houses act as intensive outpatient centers, meaning there is some medical care provided on site. Most Sober living environments are staffed with social workers and nurses, typically providing 24-hour care so as to ensure a stress-free environment. When recovering addicts have attended these sober living environments, they have longer sustained sobriety, as long as everyone is applying their own treatment methodologies.
How it typically works and why it can be an excellent choice after rehab. An individual will attend an inpatient treatment center for drugs and alcohol, during this program they will go through a roller coaster of ups and downs as they handle their addiction. Why residential programs can be so successful is because it is a controlled environment, with trained professionals on site. During rehabilitation a recovering addict will be making some huge life changing decisions, which they will need to follow through on or continue to follow through on when they leave treatment. In so many cases a relapse will occur right after treatment as many addicts will choose to go back to the same environment they came from, not having anything established in regards to work, a place to stay, or any normal routine. These environments act as triggers, some recovering addicts can notice this right away and will make changes, apply what they know from their recovery and move forward. Others unfortunately go an effect of their environment, and things slowly start to unravel for them, and they can slip up and relapse. This relapse can go one of two ways; the recovering addict can snap to andeverything and move forwards, having righted all their wrongs. Or, the recovering addict has gone so effect of their environment and the relapse; they will continue to relapse ignoring how to fix the problem and end up back to square one again.
For many during this time being around other recovering addicts all working together, a light turn on, and they realize they cannot rush back into the same environment they came from unprepared, or they may need to just change environments all together. During their time at the sober living house, they continue to build their skills, apply their treatment methodologies, are surrounded by a strong support network of other recovering addicts, and are able to transition into their new environments much easier and with more success. When a recovering addict feels they have achieved this, they will leave the sober living environment, but nothing will really have changed except the place they are sleeping.
Works Cited “Sober Living Enviroments ”(wikipedia.org/wiki/Sober_living_environment)