The purpose of any rehabilitation program should be to replace unhealthy habits with health-supporting behaviors. This comes from taking advantage of all the appropriate support and rehabilitation stages on offer. Sober living homes provide an additional opportunity to gain the necessary skills needed for long term recovery. Effectively, a practice phase where we reintegrate into our personal commitments while supported by an environment that understands addiction is a life-long illness from which we need time to learn how to manage and cope with everyday living.
What is a Sober Living Home?
Consider a sober living home as a place with one foot out the door. In other words, you are almost ready to go home. Still, to successfully manage your addiction at home, you have chosen to begin aftercare in an environment capable of answering your need for accountability and time to reflect on insights gained through continued support groups.
While sober living homes vary between programs, they are not meant to be the halfway homes, we tend to associate with corrections rehabilitation. The sober living homes at Oceanfront Recovery are clean, safe, and comfortable facilities structured to provide guidance and support in a non-invasive way. Essentially, they encourage mature, working adults to reintegrate into their daily routine with minimum supervision.
Broadly speaking, sober living facilities should reflect what you might find at home, complete with washing and drying facilities, kitchens, and comfortable bedrooms designed for relaxation. This environment is meant to mimic key areas of personal functioning as you return to a lifestyle free from relying on drugs and alcohol.
Who Gets to Live in a Sober Living Home?
Sober living homes are available to men and women following the completion of their residential treatment program. They are instrumental in maintaining a recovery-based focus while establishing deeply rooted skills meant to avoid relapse. During your stay at a sober living residence, you maintain access to your designated care team and many other resources, including guidance and referrals to community-based support groups that best fit your needs.
Are there Restrictions in a Sober Living Facility?
While rules will vary between types of sober living programs, you can expect not to have drugs or alcohol at the home or use substances while at a sober living facility. Firearms and weapons of any kind will not be permitted on the property either. You should also help maintain clean common areas and be respectful of others when using kitchen and bathroom spaces.
Rules and restrictions will be explained on entry into the sober living home; however, they are meant to maintain the residents’ comfort, safety, and well-being with whom you are sharing the space.
Does Oceanfront Recovery Require Me to Do Anything?
Oceanfront Recovery’s history of working with professionals provides a knowledgeable approach to working with each person in helping them plan to re-engage in their pursuits and activities fully.
Besides personal and professional commitments, sober living at Oceanfront Recovery provides access to in-house support meetings, advice on community support groups, and other activities that might be of interest or relevance to your recovery.
Do I Get a Private Room?
At Oceanfront Recovery, private rooms are available; however, it can hold us to a higher level of accountability when we room with another person. This can play a significant role in the recovery process. However, depending on your personal situation and privacy needs, private rooms are available.
What are the Benefits of Sober Living Homes?
When we have engaged in addictive behaviors for a significant period, there may be damage caused by drugs and alcohol. Even though we have put aside the drink or drugs, it does not eliminate the possible financial or legal problems created during our active addiction. This is the reality. There may be problems, family challenges, even financial losses. Residing in a sober living home provides natural support opportunities through daily peer contact with individuals who understand not only your triumphs but challenges too.
We can instead practice and incorporate the tools and strategies we learned during rehabilitation into daily living during those trigger moments when we might have otherwise celebrated or commiserated with alcohol or drugs.
Sober living homes encourage:
- Openly sharing emotions and learning to feel comfortable doing so
- Addressing problems through a support system rather than relying entirely on ourselves
- The ability to maintain healthy relationships and avoid isolation
- On-going commitment to attending therapy — living in a sober living home gives us accountability with our housemates
- Establishing healthy exercise and nutrition routines
- Investigating stress-relieving therapies and establishing a balance within recovery
- Attending 12-Step meetings in addition to spiritual or faith-based meetings as appropriate to each person in recovery
If you believe you will benefit from additional support during reintegration into normal, functioning living habits following treatment, sober living homes might be the right choice for you.
Sober living homes provide an additional opportunity to gain the necessary skills needed for long term recovery; a practice phase where we reintegrate into our personal commitments. They are instrumental in maintaining a recovery-based focus while establishing deeply rooted skills meant to avoid relapse. Sober living homes encourage an on-going commitment to attending therapy and investigating stress-relieving therapies to establish balance within our recovery. Change your story. Change your life. Your safety and privacy are always protected. At Oceanfront Recovery, we are proud to offer a boutique of specialized services to facilitate individualized recovery and clinical detoxification for busy professionals and adults. Supporting your commitment to get clean, stay clean and discover healthy lifestyle alternatives, our modern, attractive facilities nestled in the laid-back community of Laguna Beach offer ample opportunity for you to restore your professional and family life. Caring case managers, counselors, and wellness staff are there to support your commitment to recovery in an accessible, practical, and affordable environment. Calling Oceanfront Recovery today may be just what you need to change your story, and possibly, your life. We can’t wait to meet you. (877) 279-1777