Residential treatment centers offer evidence-based therapeutic interventions to address substance use disorders. Combing treatment modalities with a twelve-step program a residential inpatient curriculum is built to meet all addiction needs. This is just the beginning of the lifelong process of recovery. After completing a rehab program, you must choose between transitioning into a sober living house or returning home.
What Is Sober Living?
Sober living homes are substance-free living environments for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. These types of homes differ from rehab centers. People who reside in a sober living house can usually come and go as they please as long as they follow curfew and house rules. Residents are usually required to take random drug tests to ensure sobriety. People who live in sober houses are expected to be responsible for themselves, pay for rent, and buy and cook their own food, much like if they were living in a regular house.
Learning how to live sober independently is an important part of the recovery process. Most addicted individuals have an enabler in their life who would typically do these things for them. This made it so they never had to learn how to live independently and take responsibility for their actions. Sober living homes require a certain level of accountability from their residents and allow opportunities for personal growth. These homes are usually located in quiet neighborhoods, much like an average house.
If you are trying to decide between living in a sober home and returning home after rehab, here are a few common reasons why people choose one or the other.
Reasons for Living in a Sober Living Home
- Safe and sober living environment
- Strong support group
- Meeting like-minded people in sobriety
- Drug testing
- Safe integration back into society
- Fresh start
Reasons for Returning Home
- Family and friends
- Significant other
- Financial reasons/job
- Doesn’t want to live with strangers
- Is comfortable living at home
Making the Right Choice
There are many reasons to return home or move into a sober living home, but only you can determine which choice is the right decision for you. If you’re uneasy about sobriety when leaving treatment, a sober living home may be the best way to abstain from all drug and alcohol use and gain some sobriety experience before re-entering society on your own. If you are unsure, please contact Eudaimonia Recovery Homes today to speak with an admissions specialist.