Structure is a vital component of recovery from substance abuse. When transitioning into a totally new way of living life, daily routine and structured activities provide consistency in a time of serious change. The structured environment of a sober living home is not created with the purpose of keeping residents on a tight leash or under close observation; rather, it is crafted with the best recovery strategies in mind, to help residents achieve and sustain sobriety.

The consistency of a sober living home provides peace of mind to recovering individuals, allowing them to cherish their new freedom from substances in addition to removing the pressures of day-to-day decisions. Until the time is right, it’s more important for residents to persevere in their substance-free life than to worry about what they need to purchase at the grocery store. 

Aside from a structured environment, what’s it actually like in a sober living home, and why is it a good option for recovering individuals? Consult the below information for specific details on what you can come to expect from a sober living setting.

Homes for men and women

The recovery programs available with Real Recovery offer different sober living options. Women are offered the chance of residing at the beautiful Grace House and partaking in programming designed specifically for women and their needs. The program focuses on healing more than just the body, but the mind and soul as well during this transitional time. 

Men’s programs are held at the Pinnacle House, the Dream House and the River House. The Dream House and River House provide a highly intensive environment for men who have recently gone through a substance detox program and still require higher levels of supervision and structure at this stage of recovery. The Pinnacle House is a step down in intensity, while still providing a supportive, yet moderately supervised environment for daily living. 

Obviously, the men’s and women’s programs will slightly differ when it comes to taking a closer look at the daily schedules of these sober living homes. However, all four programs are designed with one goal in mind: to make recovery a peaceful, healing and enjoyable process by allowing our residents to experience the possibilities life offers when one is living free of substances. 

A look inside – the morning schedule 

Based on the house, morning wake-up time varies between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. on the weekdays (9:00 a.m. on the weekends), followed by morning meditation, breakfast and distribution of medications (if needed). Then, residents are driven to their IOP or PHP programs. PHP programs last for the majority of the day (typically 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), while participants in IOP return to the house by 1:00 p.m. for lunch. 

Following lunch, an activity will be planned, such as hiking, rock climbing, crossfit, yoga, fly fishing, biking or waterfall exploring. The stunning landscape of Asheville, NC nestled right near the Blue Ridge Mountains offers plenty of gorgeous natural landscapes for residents to take advantage of. 

*All transportation to and from PHP and IOP programs, as well as activities, as provided. Residents are not permitted cars or cell phones during this time.* 

The evening schedule 

The afternoon includes about an hour of personal time depending on the day, while the weekends may entail volunteer activities during the afternoon hours with personal time in the morning instead. Then, about an hour and a half is provided for prepping, eating and cleaning up after dinner (approx. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.). Dinner is followed by a daily 12-step meeting. 

Personal time, gym time, or a planned group activity (movie nights on the weekends, for example) will be offered following the 12-step meeting, and then lights out/curfew happens at 10:30 on the weekdays, 11:30 on the weekends. 

Other features

In addition to the meetings and activities occurring throughout the day’s schedule, there are countless benefits to living in a recovery home:

  • Access to staff members 24 hours a day
  • Training in life skills such as finances, resume writing, schedule building and time management 
  • Help in securing employment and transportation to and from work (must be within 20 mile radius with scheduled hours between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.)
  • Meetings with dietician and personal trainer once a week
  • Creative activities such as pottery, art therapy and crafts 

More than a recovery center 

Recovery doesn’t have to be a burden, nor should it ever be. Of course, there will be days more difficult than others, but that’s a normal part of one’s healing journey. At Real Recovery, the goal is to constantly balance a supportive, supervised recovery center with a comfortable, relaxing home life. We strive to make our residents feel less and less like patients and more like members of a home, growing together to become the best versions of themselves. Call 1-855-363-7325 today, to spend time dedicated to exploring the outdoors, building important life skills and fostering friendships within the home, ultimately pursuing recovery on a timetable best for you.