Addiction recovery is a highly personal, transformative journey that’s unique to each person. It can consist of several potential rehabilitative resources, including sober living homes. When it comes to sober living in Los Angeles, Silicon Beach Treatment Center has five stunning locations where you or your loved one can get acclimated to a life of continued healing and recovery. For more information about our sober living home or any of our other programs, contact us at 213.460.1706 today!
What Is a Sober Living Home?
Sober living homes can be 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 rehab ilitation and sustained sobriety. In fact, this is why they’re sometimes called transitional living homes. The amenities vary, but specific characteristics apply to most sober living homes. Generally, sober living homes are structured group living environments where patients who have completed addiction treatment live for some 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 stage of recovery, the patient returns to the real world after completing an addiction treatment program.
What makes this stage particularly difficult is that the patient is no longer in a safe, monitored, substance-free environment. In fact, this is often the first time the patient has become solely responsible for maintaining their own sobriety for the first time since starting the treatment program.
Although sobriety has been achieved, the patient is not yet confident in that newfound sobriety. This is where a sober living program comes into the picture.
The lack of a stable, alcohol- and drug-free home environment is a common cause for relapse immediately after completing an addiction treatment program. Sober living homes mitigate the danger of relapse by giving patients time to practice maintaining their sobriety. In addition, patients have a lot more freedom in a sober house than in inpatient care, yet with more structure and support than if they were at home.
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 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 better 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 to access support and other healing 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.
Does a Sober Living House Work?
Fundamentally, sober living works for the same reason that being a skilled musician requires extensive practice. According to data, individuals can more successfully maintain their sobriety if they spend time in a sober living program before actually returning home from their addiction treatment. Moreover, as the amount of time spent in a sober living home increases, the likelihood that the individual will remain sober also increases.
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 United States, meaning there’s a good chance that each patient will be able to find a facility in their 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 they are considering.
Many sober living homes are operated by or partnered with substance abuse treatment centers. Therefore, patients can have the smoothest transition from treatment into sober living by going with a sober living home that the treatment facility recommends.
This is especially relevant for patients who intend to use sober living health insurance coverage. But for anyone who wants to pay for sober living out-of-pocket, the cost of the sober living home can be a significant deciding factor.
Make sure you’re aware of the rules of the sober living home that you’re considering, so you know what will be expected of you while you’re there.
Settling into a New Routine
Sober living gives patients the chance to create new lifestyles and routines around their sobriety. It’s a safe and monitored environment where they can ease into the maintenance phase of recovery.
While in a sober living home, clients have the chance to get reacquainted with what it’s like to be sober while living life from one day to the next.
Another benefit of sober living homes is that they offer patients the chance to get reacclimated to being independent.
In effect, sober living homes are an opportunity to ease back into independence while still being in a very safe, sobriety-friendly environment.
Patients can create new routines 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.
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.
In addition to all the other benefits mentioned here, sober living homes help patients reinforce the skills learned while completing their addiction treatment programs.
Sober living serves as a trial period for patients to practice maintaining their sobriety. 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, several support resources are often available to residents. It’s not uncommon for sober living homes to provide residents with access to resources such as:
- Group counseling
- 12-step meetings
- Life skills training
- Financial planning
- Job matching
A sober home aims to help patients build a strong foundation for long-term sobriety.
Find Sober Living at Silicon Beach Treatment Center
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. Our treatment center is 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 five individual sober homes in the area, which are as follows:
We always want to be sure that each client has everything they need to thrive in recovery. Therefore, our process starts with an interview, which helps us 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 how we attain that goal, please contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center today at 213.460.1706.