Too many people and even treatment centers can underestimate the value of sober living homes. These halfway house environments can make a huge difference for someone’s long-term recovery.
The majority of people who complete an inpatient treatment program wind up simply going back home and trying to function without enough monitoring, support or accountability. A sober living home provides that much-needed transitional housing system where newly-sober people can begin to rebuild their lives after treatment.
Typically these homes have daily and weekly schedules that include curfews. They may provide drug testing and monitoring or work with a local lab for the services as well as require routine progress reports. Usually residents must be working or going to school full time while also continuing on with some form of outpatient program or aftercare support group.
Having these structured environments can be vital for some people in order for them to remain sober. Sober living homes can be an affordable solution to longer-term recovery support that also helps people get back on their feet earning an income, being responsible for themselves and take back control of their lives without drugs or alcohol being in the picture.
Since the longer someone stays sober after treatment has a tremendous impact on their chances for successful recovery from substance abuse, a typical stay in a halfway house is 6 – 12 months or longer.