What is sober living? Sober living is a transitional, drug and alcohol free home designed for men and women who are new to addiction recovery. Every reputable sober living home holds its residents to a set of recovery guidelines, regularly conducts drug or alcohol testing, has a sense of community and camaraderie, and offers individuals accountability. Sober living helps individuals slowly transition back into the world-at-large while in early recovery.
According to an article published by the US National Library of Medicine, “Lack of a stable, alcohol and drug free living environment can be a serious obstacle to sustained abstinence.” Countless studies point towards the fact that men and women have a much higher chance of staying sober long-term and avoiding relapse if they immediately transition into a sober living environment once they have completed inpatient treatment.
At Guardian Recovery Network we strongly believe in the importance of transitioning into sober living following residential treatment. While we don’t currently operate any of our own sober livings, we do work in close partnership with several reputable, gender-specific sober living houses in all of the states we have facilities. Our case managers help place our clients in a safe and supportive living environment as part of our comprehensive aftercare planning services. To learn more about the sober homes we work with, today.
Sober Living Guidelines
The rules implemented by a specific house vary significantly depending on who is running the house. However, every reputable sober living home will implement the following rules and guidelines:
- Residents must adhere to a curfew, returning home by the same time every evening. Curfew varies depending on the sober house itself (curfews tend to be slightly later on the weekends then they are on the weekdays).
- Residents must wake up by a certain time every morning. Many sober living houses require residents to participate in a morning check-in.
- All residents must respect the personal property of the people they live with, and avoid borrowing or using without asking in order to prevent potential conflict.
- Residents must keep their personal space clean and tidy, making their beds every morning and cleaning up after themselves should they use the kitchen or any other common space.
- Most sober living houses have a weekly or daily chore chart. Residents must complete their assigned chore by a certain time every day in order to keep all common areas clean and tidy.
- Residents must either find a full or part-time job, continue their education or volunteer on a regular basis
- If a resident wants to have a guest at the sober living home, he or she must check with the support staff to make sure that the visitation is approved.
- Of course, residents must stay completely abstinent from all mood or mind-altering chemical substances. Regular drug and alcohol testing is expected.