Is There a Curfew at a Sober Living Home?

sober living curfewIn most sober living homes, there is a curfew for residents that is put into place to help them maintain focus on staying clean and sober and limit exposure to situations and events that may come with the temptation to relapse. It is chosen based on a number of different things, including:

  • Time spent in sober living. New residents will have an earlier curfew than patients who have been in residence for a longer period of time.
  • Sober status. Residents who have recently relapsed may be required to have earlier curfews or remain in the house when not at work, therapy, a 12-step meeting, or school for a certain period of time.
  • Event. Curfew may be adjusted to allow residents to attend important family events and other approved activities.
  • Work requirements. Curfews may be adjusted to allow for late or early work shifts or work functions as needed.

The Function of Curfew

Curfews are a part of the rules and regulations that bring structure to the schedule of residents in sober living. The requirement to be at home by a certain time helps residents to create a schedule that allows them to focus on progressing in their recovery. Because residents must be home by a particular hour, they are more likely to:

  • Go to bed and rise at the same time each day, which promotes energy and balance
  • Eat regular meals throughout the day, which promotes good nutrition and physical wellness
  • Stay on track in recovery by attending meetings and therapeutic sessions as scheduled
  • Maintain the clarity to apply their energy to continued growth in recovery

Additionally, the implementation of a curfew means that residents can also:

  • Avoid late night events that often include drugs and alcohol and with them, the temptation to drink or get high
  • Avoid negative interactions with others who are under the influence, which can also trigger relapse or other issues

Curfew Changes

The curfew imposed on a newly admitted resident to a sober living home is not the same as the curfew placed upon residents who have been in residence for a few months. Recovery is a continuum, and residents can earn more privileges as they grow and progress. Later curfews in sober living are one of the many indicators that a resident is moving closer to being able to live independently out in the world and maintain sobriety. It is a privilege that is earned; it is also one of the many privileges that can be revoked if a resident is struggling with maintaining sobriety or following other rules in the house.

Altering Perspective

Curfews and other rules imposed by a sober living home are often viewed as negative by residents. It’s important to understand that these regulations are put into place in order to protect the resident from relapse, helping them to build up time in sobriety as they limit their exposure to stressors that can cause a relapse. Early recovery is difficult enough. The therapeutic healing, the work to build a new life, the struggle to reconnect with family members – sober living homes help to buffer the resident from any outside issues that can threaten their ability to continue to focus and move forward in recovery.

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