In the past decade we in the treatment and recovery industry have seen Sober Livings take a far more prominent role than they have ever historically. There was a time when sober living meant you paid rent and someone was going to be by at some point to drug test you, maybe there was a live in manager to make sure everyone was home for curfew if there was one. These day we have a far broader spectrum. While at the core all sober living houses primarily offer safe housing there is now a much broader spectrum. The level of structure, staff involvement and expected resident accountability vary quite a bit facility to facility. Some need the extra accountability and might transition to a lower structure step down house.

            The ultimate goal is to help an individual transition from a highly structured environment like detox and treatment to a place of being able to incorporate and maintain their own healthy structure that is centered in recovery and self-care. That I think is where sober living is key and why it has become such a vital piece of the modern recovery and drug and alcohol treatment experience. Whereas in the past there was in most cases absolutely no cushion whatsoever from the structure of treatment to being on your own in the outside world with little support Sober living offers a gradual step down process where individuals get to gradually transition to independence at their own pace.

            Science has shown us that Community and Connection are at the core of recovery and while a 30-day program is a great start its hardly enough time to form the very personal and meaningful connections that will see a struggling addict or alcoholic through their recovery processes. Sober Living offers a community closer to home and an opportunity to build a foundation that will last.

AUTHOR: Michael Lozovik
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