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Sober Living

Completing a drug and alcohol treatment program is a monumental accomplishment, but your work in recovery does come to an end once you leave the rehab facility. Recovery from addiction is an ongoing process and not a particular event. After treatment, you will likely face challenges and obstacles that test you along the way, most notably, in the early stages of recovery. For many individuals, a sober living facility is an effective way to navigate through these challenges, and it eases your transition back into everyday life. If you or someone you love is working to overcome an addiction, a Nevada sober living home may be exactly what you need to stay on the right track and keep your recovery efforts strong.

What is a Sober Living Home?

Sober living facilities are group homes for people who are in recovery from addiction; they provide a safe and supportive place for residents to become acclimated to their new, sober lives. While the environment of a Nevada sober home isn’t quite as structured as that of a treatment center, there are strict rules regarding behavior, curfew, and responsibilities as well as mandated attendance at 12-step meetings or other support groups.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends a minimum of 90 days in treatment, which can include a period of time spent in sober living. The length of stay will likely depend on the individual, as he or she can reside in the home for as long as desired, provided that the rules and regulations are adequately followed.

The Benefits of Sober Living

A Nevada sober facility isn’t just a drug and alcohol-free environment to live, though that is one clear advantage. Sober living homes offer a number of benefits for those in recovery who are making the transition out of a drug and alcohol rehab. Some of these benefits include:

A gradual transition:  It’s not always easy to stay on the right path after addiction treatment, and a few bumps in the road can be expected when navigating the challenges of your new lifestyle. Sober houses serve as a safe middle ground, closing the gap between the structure of a rehab center and independent living. You can adjust to life outside of treatment without having to completely removing the structure, as it is a sober community within the outside world. Once you feel fully prepared to live independently, you can take the next step and transition back into everyday life.

Social supportYou may find yourself feeling isolated after leaving rehab, especially if you do not have a strong support network made up of family and friends.  A sober facility provides a built-in social network of individuals who share common goals and face similar obstacles. There are group meetings held in sober living homes, which helps to deepen the connection between housemates, and in a way, works to create a family. When residing at a sober living home, your fellow residents and staff members are never far away; this social support can play a valuable role during the early weeks and months of recovery.

Well-defined rulesAlcohol and drugs are forbidden from the grounds of sober living facilities. If you want to live in the house, you must maintain your sobriety or you will be asked to pack up your belongings and leave.  Other rules also shape the day-to-day lives of residents. For example, each resident is expected to help with chores and maintenance around the house, which can help foster a sense of responsibility and direction. Curfews must be honored, and rules for behavior are strictly enforced.

A Proven Track Record of Success

It’s clear that sober living homes can be an important part of a recovering individual’s transition to post-treatment life, and research has consistently proven the value of these facilities. One study described in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs concluded that the positive social network and focus on 12-step meetings contributed to the high success rates of sober facilities. Another study looked at the long-term impact of these facilities on their residents, and it found that these individuals enjoyed more positive outcomes in a number of areas.  People who spent time at a sober living house were more likely to stay sober and maintain employment, and they were also less likely to run into trouble with the law.

If you or someone you love could benefit from a transitional program following the completion of rehab, call our admissions counselors for more information on the sober homes near you. There are a number of quality sober living programs provided by Drug Treatment Centers Nevada that can prepare you for success in life after treatment.