What Is Sober Living?
Alcohol and drug free houses, also known as sober living, play an important role in supporting treatment and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Sobering living helps individuals in recovery to maintain and alcohol and drug free lifestyle by establishing a living environment that supports sobriety and recovery. When living in a sober environment, recovering addicts are surrounded by others who share a common experience and who all support one another in their sobriety.
While in sober living, residents are free to organize and participate in self-help meetings and other group meetings that help them maintain their sobriety. While the house and its residents do not provide any treatment, recovery, or detoxification services, members of the house are able to provide support for one another through daily conversations and house organized meetings to promote sobriety and recovery.
Individuals in drug and alcohol free houses often become residents after being in a licensed non-medical residential alcohol or drug recovery or treatment facility. Sober living usually serves to help those individuals transition from a residential treatment facility back into their daily lives. For some individuals, returning home to their old environments where they used drugs would be stressful and triggering, so sober living serves as a way to help those individuals to transition back into daily life while helping them to maintain their recovery.
Alcohol and drug free houses are not required to be licensed by the state because they are not treatment facilities. Sober living communities do not provide alcohol or drug recovery or treatment services, and are therefore, not subject to regulation by the State. Sober living communities do not provide structured treatment, but instead provide a support system for individuals who are striving to maintain their sobriety after a residential treatment program.
While sober living communities differ from place to place, there are three similarities that all sober living communities share. Firstly, they make sure that a person who is in recovery lives in a place that is free from alcohol and drug use. Secondly, the residents themselves reinforce their recovery through giving and receiving support from other individuals in recovery. Thirdly, the residents of drug and alcohol free housing are free to voluntarily pursue activities to support their recovery, either alone or with others.
Sober living communities provide recovering addicts with an environment where they can support one another in maintaining their sobriety and where they can help one another work towards lifelong recovery.