Benefits of Long-Term Sober Living Housing

Transitioning from a life of addiction to a life of recovery is not an easy task, especially if the individual has used it for several years.  An addict’s life is full of chaos.  Once an individual decides to get clean, they need a lot of support, direction, and structure. Some people are fortunate enough to have a great support system from friends and family to help them recover, but many don’t. Also, disputed households aren’t safe for recovering addicts because it can push them toward a relapse.  This is why many recovering addicts choose to enter sober living homes and programs.

Benefits of Long-Term Sober Living Housing

What are Sober Living Homes?

Sober living homes are houses or apartments where all tenants are in recovery from addiction.  They provide a bridge between getting sober and living sober.  Transitioning from inpatient treatment to normal life can be overwhelming, so sober living homes are available to help provide structure, support, and direction.  Individuals will typically have a private or semi-private room to stay in, and the house will have typical accommodations such as kitchen, laundry, etc.

What to Expect from Sober Living Homes

Each home is usually different, but all have similar sets of requirements for living there.   Many times residents will be required to be in an active recovery fellowship and/or be enrolled in an intensive outpatient treatment program.

Residents are typically required to do chores and keep their personal space clean and are usually given a curfew.  Many places have a set of requirements that include getting a job, enrolling back in school, or performing some kind of volunteer work.

Who can benefit from a Sober Living Home?

Anyone coming out of inpatient treatment that wants a better chance of achieving long term recovery can benefit from a Sober Living Home.  However, they are especially beneficial for those who have a history of relapse after receiving intensive care treatment.  They are beneficial for those that have family members at home that are still in active addiction and alcoholism or families that are verbally abusive that fail to provide the necessary support.  Also, they are beneficial for those that don’t have friends or a supportive social circle.

What are the advantages of Sober Living Homes?

Reintegrating back into life after years of alcohol and drug abuse and inpatient treatment can be very overwhelming, uncomfortable, and difficult.  It is much easier to slip back into old behaviors before achieving a new way of life free of substances.  Sober living homes can help individuals to better achieve long-term sobriety. 

Sober living homes provide accountability which typically helps stop slipping into old behaviors long before a relapse occurs.  It is so important to have a safe environment to go to at the end of the day.  This removes the fear many have in early sobriety about re-entering society.  Most of them provide group therapy which allows residents to share what’s on our mind and makes us feel less lonely because others are going through the same things!  Sober Living Homes motivates individuals to be responsible.  Each place has its own set of rules that tenants have to follow.  This provides discipline and promotes positive habits.  Homes provide a sober social circle which is important so individuals have a set of sober friends they can turn to for support.  Lastly, Sober Living Homes help to provide an effortless transition back into normal life.

Find New Jersey Sober Living

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction or alcoholism and would like more information about long-term New Jersey sober living housing, contact Riverbend Residence at (844) 505-3447 to speak with our admissions team.