Sober Living Solutions: Burning Tree West Flower in front of sober living building

If you’ve completed the rehabilitation process for substance abuse, then you’re on the road to recovery. You probably already know this, but the road to recovery is a long one. Despite this, it shouldn’t deter your progress or motivation. Recovery is about changing your life for good -— not just a certain period.

The transition period from a rehab center back into real life can be particularly difficult. Especially if you’re overcoming a lifelong addiction. This is where sober living can set you up for a long and successful road to recovery.

What is a Sober Living Facility?

Sober living is a transition period for those looking to set themselves up on the right path to recovery. For some people, 30, 60, or 90 days of rehabilitation may not be enough to completely encourage a life of sober living. This is where a transition facility creates a safe, supportive environment.

Most sober living facilities offer full 24/7 support, with a team of experienced, and hands-on staff members. This team includes case managers, therapists, medical professionals, sobriety coaches, and more.

Sober houses are overseen by certain case managers. They check-in on the residents and monitor their progress. They also offer encouragement in actively participating in the recovery.

How is Rehabilitation and Sober Living Different?

Both facilities are designed to help people with addiction recover and get their lives back on track. However, they are not the same thing. Rehabilitation covers a certain inpatient period, such as 30, 60, or 90-days. While some inpatient rehab facilities also offer longer courses and programming.

A sober living facility is different in that your stay extends for far longer. It’s also encouraged that residents attend off-site outpatient programs, meetings, and support groups. A sober living facility does not offer inpatient programming as rehab does.

The setup of rehabilitation is also a little more structured — known as a ”closed door” facility. If you choose an inpatient program, you generally cannot leave the premises unattended. A sober living facility offers its residents a little more freedom and leeway to take control of their lives, but with all the support they need at hand.

Most people recovering from addiction complete an inpatient rehab program. After that, they can choose to transition to a sober living house.

What Kind of Support Does Sober Living Offer?

A sober living facility is not as clinical or structured as rehab. So this means that you have access to additional levels of support that you may not have before. Some of these services include recovery coaching, sober transportation, sober companions, as well as clinical referrals when needed.

The Rules of Sober Living

Sober living encourages individuals to find their feet and sense of self in a sober living facility. But, there are still certain rules to play by. These rules are not optional. They are necessary and offer a sense of support and structure.

Ground rules are one of the most important elements in sober living. They are also used to ensure the safety of every resident by creating an alcohol and drug-free environment for everyone. Residents regularly undergo drug and Breathalyzer testing. On occasion, residents’ rooms may be searched.

Most sober living facilities have curfews that require all residents to be home by the early evening. You are also required to regularly attend support groups and recovery meetings. As well as addiction counseling with therapists, and psychiatrists.

Your stay is also structured around household chores and your behavior. Relationships with other residents and general tidiness are also important. Ultimately, the intent is to create a set of boundaries that teaches integrity, responsibility, respect, and politeness.

Some other rules may apply, including:

  • You are generally accountable for your rent — you may have to cover the cost of your room yourself, or you can apply for assistance
  • You are responsible for personal maintenance — you are required to clean up after yourself, practice self-care, and personal hygiene
  • Group and personal chores are mandatory — this includes simple things like shopping for the ”household”, cooking for other residents, and cleaning up
  • There is a limit set on your possessions and medications — this includes the type of products and medications you can use, including certain brands of mouthwash. Medication is dispensed by medical staff only
  • Your encouraged to actively seek out employment, pursue education or other volunteer opportunities

You are also expected to be actively involved in your treatment, including outpatient programs and therapy sessions. It’s highly encouraged that residents make this a high priority on their road to recovery.

What to Expect From Life in a Sober House

Another crucial aspect of sober living is building and fostering a sense of community. This is a hugely important element as all residents learn to trust, communicate, and rely on each other to get through this transition period.

The benefit of developing a sense of community is unparalleled for many people recovering from addiction. It’s their shared experience with others that inspires and motivates a life of full recovery. Not only this, but a strong community helps to build self-esteem and a new sense of self among residents who may have lost their way a very long time ago.

Finally, it’s this community that encourages respect for others and respect for yourself. It teaches all residents the importance of tolerance, patience, politeness, and dealing with others — much like you would in the ”real world”.

But aside from all of this, sober living also teaches its residents that they are not alone in their struggles — and they never have to be. Sober living creates lifelong friendships that can shape the course of a person’s life. It’s this supportive environment that carries long-term benefits on the road to recovery.

Find Sober Living With Burning Tree West

At Burning Tree West, based in Tucson, we offer a specialized sober living facility, designed for long-term recovery. Our program spans almost as long as you need, and is based on a 20-year program in Texas, designed to help chronic relapsers find sobriety.

To learn more about our sober living facility, read here for more.