Sober Living

Recovery isn’t something to be checked off your to-do list.

It’s a highly personal, transformative process that is unique to each person and can consist of a number of different rehabilitative resources, including sober living homes.

But what is a sober living home? How do sober living homes work? What are the best sober living homes near me?

If you’ve been asking yourself these kinds of questions, then you’ve come to the right place. Because when it comes to sober living in LA, Silicon Beach Treatment Center has three beautiful locations where our clients go to master their newfound sobriety.

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What is a Sober Living Home?

Serving as the bridge between an addiction treatment program — usually an inpatient or residential-style program — and the real world, sober living homes ease the transition between rehabilitation and sustained sobriety. In fact, this is why they’re sometimes called transitional living homes.

The amenities vary, but certain characteristics apply to the vast majority of sober living homes. Generally, sober living homes are structured group living environments where patients who have completed addiction treatment live for a period of time.

Understanding the Purpose of Sober Living

The period immediately following the completion of a substance abuse treatment program is the most challenging part of a person’s addiction rehabilitation journey. During this early abstinence stage, the patient returns to the real world after having just completed an addiction treatment program.

What makes this stage particularly difficult is the fact that the patient is no longer in a safe, monitored, substance-free environment. In fact, this is often the first major sink-or-swim moment since the patient has become solely responsible for maintaining his or her own sobriety for the first time since starting the treatment program.

Although sobriety has been achieved, the patient is not yet confident in his or her newfound sobriety.

Abruptly assuming full accountability for one’s sobriety can be jarring. Even though the patient has all the pieces of the recovery puzzle, he or she is still assembling them. Sobriety doesn’t quite feel normal yet. But whereas the patient might otherwise be left to his or her own devices, a sober living program can be an effective solution.

The lack of a stable environment that is alcohol- and drug-free is a common contributor to relapse in the period immediately following treatment. However, a sober living house can mitigate much of the danger of relapse by providing the opportunity to essentially “practice” maintaining sobriety. Because in a sober living home, patients have freedom, but it’s in a more structured and supportive environment.

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Understanding the Purpose of Sober Living

The period immediately following the completion of a substance abuse treatment program is the most challenging part of a person’s addiction rehabilitation journey. During this early abstinence stage, the patient returns to the real world after having just completed an addiction treatment program.

What makes this stage particularly difficult is the fact that the patient is no longer in a safe, monitored, substance-free environment. In fact, this is often the first major sink-or-swim moment since the patient has become solely responsible for maintaining his or her own sobriety for the first time since starting the treatment program.

Although sobriety has been achieved, the patient is not yet confident in his or her newfound sobriety.

Abruptly assuming full accountability for one’s sobriety is jarring, and it’s even more difficult when the treatment program was a form of outpatient care. Although sobriety has been achieved by this point, the recovery process isn’t over. The patient is not yet comfortable with his or her newfound sobriety. So instead of leaving the patient to his or her own devices, this is where a sober living program comes into the picture.

According to data, the lack of a stable environment that is alcohol- and drug-free is a common contributor to relapse immediately following completion of an addiction treatment program. Particularly for those who don’t have safe and stable homes to return to, a sober living house can mitigate much of the danger of relapse by giving patients the opportunity to essentially “practice” staying sober. Because in a sober living home, patients have a lot more freedom than they have in inpatient care, but with more structure and support than if they were at home.

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Sober Living Home vs. Halfway House

There’s a common misconception that sober living homes and halfway houses are the same, which is likely because they are both group or communal living homes. However, there are actually some notable distinctions to be made between them.

Halfway houses are basically dorms for adults. They are often cheaper but more crowded. And they aren’t necessarily meant for people in recovery. In fact, halfway houses are often used by people trying to get back on their feet after getting out of prison. Many halfway houses are owned and run by state or local governments. Overall, halfway houses are less than ideal for people looking for a follow-up to their addiction treatment programs.

Sober living homes offer nicer accommodations and more amenities. This is often due to being owned and operated, or partnered, with substance abuse treatment facilities. There’s a focus on recovery and helping patients get access to support and other recovery resources. However, sober living homes are less structured than drug rehab. Despite often being covered by health insurance plans, they’re usually more expensive when paying out-of-pocket.

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How Does a Sober Living House Work?

Studies have shown that spending time in a sober living home before actually returning home from an addiction treatment program makes patients more likely to sustain their sobriety. More specifically, data shows that as the amount of time spent in a sober living home increases, so too does the percentage of patients who have stayed sober. But how (and why) are sober living homes a valuable resource for strengthening a patient’s newfound sobriety?

Finding the Right Sober Living Home

The first step to making sober living work is to find the right sober living home. There are sober living homes all over the US, meaning there’s a good chance that each patient will be able to find a facility in his or her climate or city of choice.

In addition to location, there are other considerations to keep in mind, many of which relate to the amenities. In short, what does the sober living home offer?

Things like private bedrooms, on-site gyms, swimming pools, proximity to public transportation, and proximity to potential employers could give one sober living home an edge over others that are being considered.

Since many sober living homes are operated by or partnered with substance abuse treatment centers, many patients would have the smoothest transition from treatment into sober living by going with a sober living home that’s recommended by the treatment facility.

This is especially relevant for patients who intend to use sober living health insurance coverage. But for anyone who intends to pay for sober living out-of-pocket, the cost of the sober living home can be a major deciding factor.

Settling Into a New Routine

One of the main benefits of sober living is that they give patients the chance to create new lifestyles and routines around their sobriety. Rather than trying to create a new routine and master newfound sobriety at the same time, a sober living home offers a safe and monitored environment in which to ease into the maintenance phase of recovery.

In other words, sober living affords the chance to get reacquainted with what it’s like to be sober while living life from one day to the next.

Sober living offers the chance to get reacclimated to being independent.

There are a number of different components that fall under this aspect of sober living. First, a sober living home offers patients the chance to get reacclimated to being independent. While in active addiction, people are dependent on mind-altering substances of choice. Then transition to being dependent addiction treatment programs to help them overcome physiological addiction.

So being in a sober living home is an opportunity to ease back into independence while still being in a very safe, sobriety-friendly environment.

Patients can create new routines that are built around their sobriety while living in sober homes. It may seem mundane, but even just getting back into the habit of keeping one’s home clean, cooking meals, and doing other such things does a lot to prime patients for when they return home. And since sober living homes are group homes where patients cohabitate with others in recovery, there’s an inherently social element to sober living.

This means that a sober living home is a great place to practice building relationships with and being supportive of others in recovery.

Meeting Basic Needs

Many people overlook — or sometimes outright disregard — their most basic needs while in the throes of addiction. In fact, it’s not uncommon for patients to be malnourished with weakened immune systems and untreated medical diagnoses by the time they enter treatment programs. So once they have acquired the tools they need to be sober, patients just need a place to hone those skills so they can start addressing their most basic needs.

After achieving sobriety, spending some time in a sober living home can be a time for getting reacquainted with one’s body. If there are outstanding health conditions, the patient can set up appointments with the appropriate specialists. Or if the patient had poor dietary habits, the sober living homes that are affiliated with substance abuse treatment centers frequently offer free courses on diet and nutrition.

By making sure the body is getting everything for optimal health, patients are able to eliminate what are often major roadblocks to lasting sobriety.

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Reinforcing Recovery

In addition to all the other benefits mentioned here, sober living homes are designed to help patients reinforce the skills learned while completing their addiction treatment programs. As mentioned previously, sober living serves as a trial period for patients to practice maintaining their sobriety, and a large part of what makes sober living homes ideal for practicing sobriety is the many great resources to which residents have access while they are staying in sober living homes.

Especially when the sober living home is affiliated with a treatment center, there are often a number of support resources available to residents. It’s not uncommon for sober living homes to provide residents with access to group counseling, twelve-step meetings, life skills training, financial planning, job matching, and other such resources.

The goal of a sober home is to help patients build a strong foundation for long-term sobriety.

Silicon Beach Treatment Center’s Sober Living Homes in Los Angeles

Silicon Beach Treatment Center is your premier substance abuse and addiction treatment provider, located in a cultural mecca in Southern California. Whether you need outpatient support for alcoholism or sober living, Los Angeles is home to our exceptional outpatient programs, support services, and sober living homes, nestled in a vibrant and diverse community that represents people from all walks of life.

When it comes to sober living in LA, Silicon Beach Treatment Center has three individual sober homes in the area. We always want to be sure that each client has everything he or she needs to thrive in recovery, so our process starts with an interview, which helps us to match each client to the right sober living home. In addition to our charming sober homes, Silicon Beach Treatment Center aims to help each client soak up all those SoCal vibes with regular trips to gorgeous beaches, the Californian mountains, and, of course, Los Angeles and Hollywood.

In creating our Los Angeles sober living homes, our goal was to provide a serene, peaceful environment in which our clients can achieve lasting sobriety and health.

To learn more about Silicon Beach Treatment Center’s sober living homes — our Beach House, Women’s Home, and Men’s Residence — don’t wait. Contact us today.

Take a Look at Our Sober Homes

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BEACH HOUSE

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WOMEN’S RESIDENCE

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MEN’S RESIDENCE