When looking into sober living programs, you’ll find an array of not just types of programs, but housing choices as well. At Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas, we choose to offer sober living homes instead of sober living apartments or dorm-style halfway houses. Let’s look into some of the benefits and challenges of each type of dwelling as it relates to staying sober.
Sober living apartments
- Independence in food, chores, activities. Unlike a sober living house where there’s a communal kitchen (fully stocked to meet any dietary restriction at Lighthouse Recovery!) which invites communal meals and more time with other residents, at an apartment the one or two residents who dwell in the same apartment are the only ones sharing food or chores. There is more alone time for apartment residents.
- Recreational nights. Many sober living apartments offer chances for the apartment residents to gather as a larger group through on-site recreational activities, like game nights or movie nights.
- Solitude. While certainly some more private individuals or introverts might find the independence of sober living apartments a pro, for the addict, it can cause solitude. Solitude isn’t productive to individuals fighting substance abuse, who need accountability, encouragement, and support. Having a closed space where you don’t have to face anyone could hide a relapse, whereas at a sober living house, you have house managers living with you, who know you well and are there to help you stay sober.
- Sobriety stability prior to enrolling. Because sober living apartments provide less visibility for case managers, residents are usually expected to be well into their sobriety journey. They are not best for people early in sobriety.