(1262) Transitional Housing, Halfway House, or Sober Home for Alcoholism
Many alcohol rehab programs offer sober living services to help patients transition from inpatient or outpatient treatment to long-term recovery. The reality of alcohol abuse is that it can impact every aspect of life, including your financial stability, your family relationships, and even your basic life skills.
Sober living provides a bridge to independent living through structured housing arrangements to ensure you or your loved one are supported in your recovery and are able to have stability while you work to rebuild your life in the aftermath of your problematic drinking. Sober living offers patients the fresh start they need to stay empowered in their recovery.
How Does Sober Housing Work?
Sober living can be described as another phase of treatment because it still includes complying with the parameters of your facility’s care program. You may transition to sober living after more targeted and intensive inpatient residential treatment. Participants in sober living reside in a house with others who are in treatment at their respective facility, share chores, continue their therapy and work to build community through shared space and shared experiences.
The length of sober living in rehab depends upon a variety of factors, including progress in treatment, residents’ evolving lifestyles, and continued compliance with program requirements. Generally speaking, however, sober living can last anywhere from 30 days to a year.
What Are the Benefits of Sober Living?
Sober living offers a variety of benefits, including but not limited to:
- “Breathing room” as you start rebuilding your life in recovery.
Safe, supportive housing resources for vulnerable program participants.
- Accountability and confidence-building through continued forward movement.
- Logistical help with ongoing recovery-related needs.
- Distance from the people, places, and things that contribute to problematic drinking.
If you or your loved one need sober living resources as part of your ongoing recovery, ask the admissions team at the facility you’re choosing if they offer these resources and what the eligibility requirements may be.