Many people struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) do not have a solid home structure to support them while they are in treatment. Sober living facilities can bridge this gap by providing a stable living environment where individuals can focus on what matters most: achieving and sustaining long-term sobriety. If you are seeking recovery but are constantly surrounded by substance use triggers in your current home environment, consider residing in a sober living home.
Sober Living Facilities
Those who struggle with SUD face many challenges. One such challenge is a stable living environment that will support both treatment and recovery. Sober living facilities were created as a solution to this problem, giving individuals a stable home they can depend on as they navigate the various stages of recovery.
According to the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR), a recovery residence or sober living facility is a broad term that describes a “sober, safe, and healthy living environment” that promotes recovery from substances and associated problems. Thousands of these residences exist in the United States, and the number continues to grow year after year.
A 2010 study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment states that sober living houses support abstinence by “emphasizing involvement in 12-step groups and social support for recovery.”
Sober Living Structure
While all sober living programs have different expectations, there are several rules that most programs share. For example, residents in sober living homes are required to abstain from substances. Each residence has its own set of policies in place that determine how relapses are handled and the criteria for readmission.
In a sober living program, you will experience strong support from the peers you live with. These living environments encourage social support in outside groups to help keep you accountable through recovery as well. Even though there are rules and often curfews, you can still enjoy your independence in a sober living home. You can continue work or school responsibilities, visit friends and family, and even enjoy outside hobbies and activities.
Who Can Benefit From a Sober Living Home?
According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, the lack of a “stable, alcohol and drug-free living environment can be a serious obstacle to sustained abstinence.” The journal also notes that “destructive living environments can derail recovery for even highly motivated individuals.”
If your family members or loved ones use substances, sober living can help you stay away from triggering environments. This type of housing is also ideal for those who have just come out of incarceration or were previously living in an inpatient facility. Another group suited for sober living can be those who are currently enrolled in or have completed outpatient treatment. This type of environment can help you transition back into daily life with strong confidence in your sobriety.
Benefits of Sober Living
Sober living has a variety of benefits. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), recovery homes are “increasingly viewed as a viable and cost-effective alternative to established recovery-oriented systems of care.” Sober living facilities provide safe and healthy environments to support individuals through their recovery journey.
Additionally, SAMSHA states that sober living homes offer “a unique alternative to harm reduction” and can support individuals as they “transition towards living independent and productive lives in their respective communities.”
Sober Living at Lighthouse Recovery Texas
At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our sober living program is designed for those in the early stages of sobriety to provide structure and support during their transition back to true independence.
If a home environment is unstable, this could trigger an individual to relapse. Instead, our sober living facilities are here to help you maintain sobriety and learn how to process trauma and pain that may trigger you.
We are a nationally-recognized provider that focuses on building strong community support. Your comfort is important when it comes to your recovery, so you will enjoy luxury settings and amenities while living in a place that truly feels like home.
Our sober living program is available while you are in treatment in our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP). After the PHP, you may continue treatment with the IOP. You can find comfort in knowing that your living situation will not change as you transition from one program to the other.
Through sober living, you will be part of a supportive community with peers that truly understand your struggles. We offer life skills training that will help your transition back into daily life, along with group programming and clinical therapies.
After Treatment and Beyond
The sober living program at Lighthouse usually begins during the first month of treatment. There is no specific “end date” for the program, and many of our residents will continue living here even after their treatment program is complete.
Our residents can enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities and lean on one another during the holiday season. We have four homes that are located in a quiet neighborhood west of Preston Hollow in Dallas, Texas, close to our clinical office. Each home has a ratio of one staff member to three residents, the highest of any sober living program.
Our hyper-individualized approach will help you achieve your own unique goals and milestones. This allows each person to rebuild their confidence and independence in a timeframe that suits them best.
Sober living programs are an ideal option for individuals who do not have a stable home environment or need extra support during the early stages of recovery. These programs are designed to foster strong community support and help you reintegrate back into work or school responsibilities as you go through treatment or begin recovery. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our sober living program operates with a ratio of one staff member to three residents. Our hyper-individualized approach will help you achieve your own goals and milestones in your own time. Most people who go through our sober living program will achieve lasting sobriety. Call us today for a free assessment at (214) 396-0259.