A Sober living community is a group home designed to provide a safe, supportive place for people recovering from addiction. They are less restrictive than rehab centers and often function as a critical element of someone’s aftercare plan. Life after rehab can be tricky to navigate. That is why having a structured, supportive environment can go a long way in helping people maintain sobriety. Reach out to us at 855.952.3546 to learn about our community housing program and how it can benefit you or a loved one in staying sober.
Sober Living Community Basics
All sober living communities come with rules and guidelines for residents to follow. While these centers allow for more freedom and individual agency than inpatient rehab, they afford less autonomy than being on your own in recovery. This makes them an ideal bridge between inpatient treatment and complete independence.
Some rules may differ from program to program. The one consistent rule to expect is that residents must remain sober. Other things that sites may require include curfews, work or school attendance, and on-site activities such as chores. Sober living communities may administer regular drug tests among residents as part of the community. Rule violations result in varying consequences and, in severe cases, can lead to dismissal from the community.
Benefits of a Sober Living Community
Typically, people enter a sober living community after having undergone intensive treatment at a rehab center. Some rehab centers allow residents to enter without having done any previous addiction treatment. Whatever someone’s path to a sober living community, they provide a range of benefits to residents.
1. Provides Accountability and Support
Sober living communities provide accountability and support through other residents and site staff. Residents act as peer mentors and partners in the healing process as people who understand the challenges inherent to addiction recovery surround them. Moreover, while care may not be as intensive as rehab, residency affords access to expert staff who are there to support recovery, offer advice, and connect you to the resources you need. Many sober living communities also require residents to attend 12-step meetings such as AA or NA meetings.
2. Allows for a Healthy Transition
Leaving the intensive, 24/7 care of an addiction rehab center and going straight home to complete independence can be quite a shock. Life after rehab is a difficult transition that often ends in relapse if the right supports are not in place. A sober living community acts as a transitional stage between the restrictions and round-the-clock care of rehab and the total independence of ordinary life. It also lets residents slowly relearn how to take care of themselves and gives them time to practice coping strategies in a supportive environment.
3. Helps Avoid Isolation
Sober living communities provide numerous opportunities to forge deep, lasting, meaningful bonds with peers in recovery. Transitioning from rehab straight to a previous home life often brings feelings of isolation. You can avoid that by being somewhere that addiction is understood and where peers can help you along the way.
4. A Sober Living Community Assists in Avoiding Relapse
The goal of recovery is maintaining sobriety and avoiding relapse. Sober living homes remove many of the triggers, pressures, and temptations that would otherwise be present.
Learn More About Georgia Addiction Treatment Center
Georgia Addiction Treatment Center offers a community housing program for people ready for the next step following rehab. Residents can still go to school, work, or engage with family. The difference is they can do all that in a supportive place without access to or pressure to use drugs.
Our community affords residents the opportunity to support others in recovery. Not only will you be healing yourself, but you also get to play an important role in others’ healing journeys as well. Our goal is for each person to leave with the coping skills, habits, and mindsets needed for long-term sober living. Call us today at 855.952.3546 to find the help you need.