No home is without some rules and expectations, and a sober living home is no different. With the goal of ongoing success in recovery, almost every guideline is designed to provide the structure that the residents need to continue making good decisions. Over time, these rules will open up to encourage the independence of the resident.
Because the ultimate goal is successful abstinence from drugs and alcohol when out “in the world” and on one’s own, sober living homes seek to begin by first providing only slightly less protection than an inpatient rehab center and steadily loosen the rules until the resident feels confident enough to move out on their own and continue their new sober lifestyle.
The house rules will vary from program to program, so it is important to ask ahead of time what will be expected of each resident. In most cases, sober house rules include:
The provision of active and ongoing recovery is one of the functions of a sober living home. Patients are expected to pursue their continued growth and healing by taking part in a number of different therapeutic activities. These may include:
The specifics will vary from patient to patient depending upon what they began during rehab and what they determine with their therapeutic team is the best way to pursue their recovery goals in sober living. Most will enter a sober living situation with a recovery plan for aftercare in place. Others will develop a personal plan for their continued growth in recovery when they go through intake at the sober living home.
Another major goal of a sober living home is to help the resident make measurable progress toward being able to function and live independently out in the world with minimal risk of relapse. To that end, many require residents to work on addressing issues and needs that must be met in order to increase their level of stability. This may include the requirement of:
Learn more about how a sober living home can help you or your loved one prepare for a drug-free future when you contact us at the phone number listed above.