Sober Living Apartments

People who participate in both outpatient addiction care and sober living communities tend to do quite well in sobriety, according to a study in the Journal of Substance Use. Here, researchers found that people who got this kind of care fared well on measures of both addiction and employment, and some maintained those gains for at least 18 months.

That’s a remarkable achievement, but even so, some people need a little extra push when they’ve completed both an addiction program and a sober living program. For these people, sober living apartments may provide an ideal level of help.

The Apartment Concept

sober living apartmentsUnlike sober living homes, which tend to rely on a communal style of living, a sober living apartment complex tends to provide individualized units made for just one or two residents. Frequently, there are shared spaces for recreation, but each person has a specific place to call home. Shared meals, shared chores and shared rooms are really uncommon in a sober living apartment model.

Sober apartments might, however, provide frequent support group meetings on the grounds. The apartment complexes might also provide recreational opportunities, such as game nights, allowing people to socialize and commune with one another. Sober apartments might also have on-site directors on hand who can direct residents to community resources that could assist with education, employment and legal issues.

These complexes do require a strict adherence to sobriety, and clients might be required to demonstrate their compliance with this rule by:

  • Providing proof of prior treatment
  • Submitting to urine screenings on a periodic basis
  • Signing a contract that states they will not bring addictive substances onto the premises
  • Attending periodic support group meetings held on the grounds of the facility

Breaking these rules could mean expulsion from the community, so it’s vital for people to understand all the requirements of the home before they choose to move in.

The Value of an Apartment

By the time people transition into sober living apartments, they’ve likely been involved in sobriety for quite some time. For example, in a study of sober living homes, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, researchers reported that 76 percent of residents stayed in the home for at least five months. Assuming that these people spent at least a month prior in some kind of treatment program, this means that people would have been sober for about a half-year before they might move into a sober apartment. That’s an incredibly long time.

Even so, people in recovery often need to change almost everything about their lives, and going home to the neighborhoods that once fostered their addictions could be, quite simply, dangerous to their recovery. They might run into influences that reminded them of drugs, or they might be forced to live in dangerous neighborhoods in which substance abuse is common. An apartment could be the buffer that allows people to slowly transition out of the culture of addiction treatment into a culture of self-responsibility and accountability. They’ll still have a safe place to live in the interim, but they’ll be taking on a few more responsibilities for their own sobriety. This might be just the step-down from care that some people need in order to make lasting changes.

To find out more about the sober living apartment model, and to find out if this might be the right kind of intervention for you or for someone you love, please call us. We have operators standing by to help.