Addiction can quickly become a serious issue.

When the environment around you makes it easy or tempting to give in to dangerous habits like drug or alcohol use, it can be exceedingly difficult to break an addiction. This is precisely why sober living homes exist — to remove you from a potentially dangerous location, allowing you to detox and pursue recovery in a safe environment.

What is sober living? 

Sober living is defined as a treatment location that acts as a transitional home between inpatient addiction detox/treatment and normal, everyday life. Depending on the level of care determined for each client, the residential sober living home might offer any level of supervision, from frequent monitoring to the occasional check-in. 

However, the main similarity between all sober living facilities remains consistent — all residents are required to maintain sobriety. 

Is sober living the same as a halfway house?

Not quite. 

Traditionally, halfway houses are homes for individuals who are either homeless and looking for a temporary living situation, or for those who need a home after time in jail. Halfway homes are focused on helping these people reorient themselves into everyday life, by giving them tools to find jobs, create budgets and reunite with family. 

While sober living facilities do provide temporary housing, they are more focused on helping individuals maintain sobriety after addiction treatment. They focus on helping clients create healthy coping mechanisms and game plans when they encounter temptation in the “real world,” emphasizing the freedom of living soberly. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in a supportive community while you work toward freedom.

Why is sober living important? 

For many, returning to a safe, sober living environment after addiction treatment is not a reality. In fact, many clients are faced with an entire rewrite of their lives post treatment, which is no small undertaking. Sober living homes are incredibly important because they offer a secure, safe and sober environment after treatment

Most sober living homes allow residents to stay for as long as necessary, provided they adhere to house rules and positively contribute to the community. This can be critical in the success of one’s recovery — remaining in a healthy, structured community until their confidence and determination is strengthened.

What are the benefits of sober living? 

Sober living offers countless benefits to all residents, all of which are geared toward a successful, lasting recovery. At Real Recovery, we strive to take the benefits of sober living one step further, by offering a holistic recovery program.

You might experience the following benefits of sober living:

  • A personalized treatment plan, one tailored to your specific needs;
  • Provided transportation for an supplementary IOP or PHP treatment; 
  • An accountable, constructive community;
  • Continued professional counseling and support;
  • Structured meetings that help you  continue your journey into recovery;
  • Guidance in money management, vocational trades and other skill-building endeavors that help you get back on your feet;
  • Employment help, from career selection to employment application;
  • The chance to rebuild relationships with those who might’ve been negatively affected by your habits.

While this list of benefits and features is far from comprehensive, it can offer a solid idea of the positive impact sober living can have on one’s recovery and overall life. 

Considering sober living? 

If you’ve finished addiction detox and are looking for a structured, supportive environment to call home during the remainder of your recovery, consider a sober living home. With all its benefits, from like-minded peers to constant access to mental health professionals, you won’t need to worry about life after treatment.

If a sober living home sounds like the best option for your recovery, contact our clinical intake team today at (855) 363-7325.