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What Are the Benefits of Sober Living?

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Recovery is a life-long process that begins with detox and subsequent inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment. The real challenges of maintaining sobriety start when a patient completes their rehab program. Substance use disorders (SUD) can completely overtake a person’s life, rendering them unable to manage the basics of everyday life. Many patients do not feel ready to transition directly from treatment to their home environment. Because of this, the benefits of sober living cannot be overstated.

At Vertava Health, we understand the fears and challenges associated with leaving treatment. To help promote lasting recovery, we offer different levels of aftercare. Our sober living program allows patients to practice the skills they learned in rehab while living in a supportive environment that is free from drugs and alcohol.

Contact us today at 844.470.0410 to learn more about the benefits of our sober living homes.

What Happens in a Sober Living Program?

The specific components of sober living vary between programs. However, sober living is generally designed to help patients maintain their sobriety while transitioning from treatment to independent living by providing a safe, supportive living environment.

Key features of a sober living program include:

  • Requiring residents to remain drug and alcohol-free
  • Random drug testing
  • Peer support
  • Rules and expectations, such as curfews, attending 12-step meetings, house meetings, and household chores
  • Supportive services, including counseling, therapy, and educational programs
  • Holistic programs like yoga, meditation, nutrition, physical activities, and group outings

A sober living program is not a treatment center but rather a supportive living situation that allows residents to experience a gradual reintegration into everyday life where they can practice learned skills while still receiving guidance that compliments ongoing recovery efforts.

A Look at the Benefits of Sober Living Homes

The benefits of sober living homes are well-known in the recovery world. Once you have committed to treatment, getting sober is a relatively quick process. Maintaining sobriety outside the structured support of a rehab program is when you begin to face challenges.

Returning home immediately following rehab can threaten the sobriety of even the most determined individuals. In early recovery, stressors and triggers, including unhealthy relationships, unemployment, financial difficulties, and housing insecurity, significantly increase the risk of relapse.

In a sober living program, residents live with peers facing similar challenges who are uniquely qualified to provide support. The program’s structure keeps them busy and engaged with ongoing programs to help strengthen sobriety. Residents have a degree of independence, but the rules and regulations of the program and peer and staff support help them maintain focus, responsibility, and accountability.

Additional sober living benefits include the following:

  • Access to services and amenities
  • Building a sober support network
  • Housing and food security
  • Assistance with resume writing and job interviewing
  • Family support programs
  • Learning to manage finances
  • Fostering the development of healthy daily routines
  • Rebuilding and reimplementing life skills
  • Reducing the risk of relapse

Seeing others succeed in their sobriety inspires residents of sober living homes to stay motivated and maintain a commitment to their recovery goals. Residents can acquire employment or pursue education while receiving the needed recovery support.

How Long Is a Sober Living Program?

At Vertva Health, residents can stay in our sober living program from 30 days to one year. As with all addiction treatment, a sober living program is based on individual needs, including how one is adjusting to the transition from treatment to everyday life.  Increasing involvement in the community and daily life are goals; if patients need extra time to achieve these goals, it is available.

Call Vertava Health to Learn More About Sober Living Benefits

A sober living program is ideal for individuals who need a safe, supportive, and structured living environment after completing rehab. At Vertava Health, residents of our sober living program enjoy the freedoms of everyday life while continuing to develop learned skills in a supportive, substance-free home environment.

The ultimate goal of our sober living program is to foster lasting recovery while promoting personal accountability and providing a community for those new to recovery.  Call 844.470.0410 today or contact us online to learn more about the many benefits of sober living homes.