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Are Sober Living Homes Effective?


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Sober living homes provide a way for individuals in addiction recovery residential treatment programs to transition to more independent living. If you’re considering this option, a sober living home could be an excellent choice for you if you would like to continue receiving high levels of support while working towards moving out on your own. While considering this option, you may be wondering what you can expect. Each sober living home is different, so it’s important that during your visit you ask about their rules and guidelines, the support they offer, visitor rules, process for determining when it’s time to move out, and much more. On a general note, sober living homes have been shown to be effective in helping individuals lead a lifestyle of recovery.

A 2015 study published in the journal Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation sought to explore the motivation to maintain sobriety of those living in sober living homes – two focus groups were conducted, with owners, peer managers, and operation administrators of sober living homes providing their input based on their individual experiences. Several motivational factors were mentioned, particularly derived from recovery peer interactions:

  • Feelings of being understood
  • Recognizing vulnerability in others
  • Identifying with the recovery process of others
  • Receiving supportive confrontation, and
  • Engaging in mutual accountability

Even for individuals who experience comorbid disorders (such as a substance use disorder and psychiatric concerns), outcomes are quite positive. In fact, a 2016 study published in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis found that participants with psychological symptoms such as distress, depression, and phobic anxiety experienced significant improvements over time in a sober living home. Ultimately, your success in a sober living home is based on the following factors: your stability in recovery, your level of safety in your new home, your ability to support yourself, and your overall comfort level. If you experience declines in any of these, it’s important that you speak with a leader of your sober living home immediately so that resolutions can be made.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.