What to Expect from Recovery Residence and a Sober Living Environment

Recovering from the cycle of addiction isn’t something that happens overnight. Even after weeks spent in treatment, individuals need to adjust their lifestyles, maintain motivation, and receive continuous support to truly establish sobriety. One of the ways that motivation and support for addiction recovery can be established is through the use of a sober living environment. But, what are these environments, what can one expect from sober living, and what are the benefits of using these types of living after completing time in addiction treatment?

What is a Sober Living Environment 

Sober living, also known as ‘recovery residence’, is just what it sounds like – a place for people to be sober and live. It provides a safe and supportive environment for people who have just completed their time in an outpatient addiction treatment program to assimilate back into society using what they’ve learned. Essentially, people living in recovery residence environments work on getting back into the workforce, going back to school, having daily responsibilities and tasks, and utilizing what they’ve learned in treatment to maintain sobriety.

What Are the Benefits of Utilizing a Sober Living Environment? 

Going from treatment back into a daily routine can be challenging. A person has to implement what they’ve learned in treatment into their daily lives. And, continue to remain sober while doing so, which is difficult after living with a continual cycle of drug use. So, the support that a recovery residence environment provides is a crucial tool in assimilating back into daily life with the skills and techniques that are learned throughout treatment.

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Additionally, recovery residence allows individuals who are newly sober to rely on the support of peers and mentors while starting their sobriety journey outside of treatment. This support comes in the form of housing obligations (curfew, house chores, etc.) that keep a person responsible and held accountable for their actions. Support is also provided in the form of house meetings to go over any feelings or experiences that have occurred to receive feedback. And, finally, those who are living in a recovery residence environment can get help when they encounter triggers as they have a community of support to rely on that’s within their reach.

What Can One Expect From a Sober Living Environment

It can be helpful to understand what to expect from recovery residence before accepting this kind of support. This way, you’re able to grasp what’s expected of you and what your experience may be like. Some of the things you can expect from recovery residence include:

Supervision: All recovery residence environments are designed to receive supervision, typically from the company or treatment center they are administered by. For example, the recovery residence from Willow Place for Women is run and supervised by our treatment clinicians to provide supportive care when needed. And, enforces policies and procedures expected of recovery residence environments.

Monitoring: Supportive houses are typically monitored by a ‘house manager’ who is a trained individual in monitoring and supervising individuals in recovery residence. These individuals are responsible for administering drug tests, running support groups, and house meetings that ensure that individuals in the home are held accountable for their actions and responsibilities.

Integration: In most cases, recovery residence environments require residents to continue their care, including adhering to medication regimens and/or receiving support in clinical therapy. The type of continual care a person may receive may be dependent on their treatment planning.

 

Dr. Dixie Brown is a PhD level Therapist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist with 15 years of experience working in Mental Health, specifically with trauma, eating disorders, and substance use.

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