A sober home is a safe and structured living environment, specifically designed for men and women who are new to addiction recovery and who are looking to maintain their sobriety. Sober homes are considered a necessary phase of every effective program of clinical care. Generally speaking, the multi-phased recovery process consists of the following:
- Medically monitored detox
- Inpatient or residential addiction treatment
- Intensive outpatient treatment/outpatient treatment
- Sober living housing
- Long-term aftercare programming
The Purpose of a Halfway House
In most cases, an individual will transfer directly from inpatient treatment to sober living. During this phase of the recovery process the individual will be especially susceptible to relapse, so transferring immediately into a sober home is essential. Fortunately, Riverbend Residence works closely with many reputable inpatient treatment centers in New Jersey and all the surrounding areas, allowing clients to move into our sober living homes the day that they complete a higher level of clinical care.
Why Sober Living Homes are Necessary
Other than providing a safe and structured living environment to men and women who are relatively new to sobriety, what is the purpose of a sober home? Sober homes serve many purposes, including the following:
- Sober living homes protect residents from relapse. Early recovery can be tricky to navigate, seeing as individuals are still learning to identify and work through their relapse triggers. Sober homes like Riverbend Residence protect residents from relapse by encouraging them to stay accountable and address potential relapse triggers as soon as they arise.
- They allow residents the opportunity to discuss recovery-related challenges in a supportive group setting. Most reputable sober homes offer group sessions, during which residents have the opportunity to discuss any issues they might face while offering peer support to other residents in the house.
- They encourage the continued development of crucial life skills. Certain life skills will be taught in sober living, including vocational skills and things like preparing nutritious meals, keeping personal spaces clean, and working towards financial independence while managing personal finances.
- Sober homes allow individuals to form lasting bonds with other men or women who are in recovery. The built-in support system provided by sober homes is extremely beneficial, and the friendships forged in sober living often last a lifetime.
- They allow residents to slowly transition back into the “real world.” This transition can be jarring, and should not be attempted all at once. A slow transition is the most effective. Sober homes like Riverbend Residence soften the blow of the transition back to fully independent living while helping residents develop the tools and coping mechanisms they need to stay sober on their own accord.
- An unmatched level of accountability. It can be difficult for individuals who are new to recovery to keep up with their programs. Reputable sober homes mandate things like daily 12 step meeting attendance, continued clinical care, and ongoing therapy.
Riverbend Residence – Gender-Specific Sober Living
Riverbend Residence has four gender-specific sober homes in Sussex County, New Jersey, serving men and women throughout the state and in all surrounding areas. Our sober home program was carefully designed to provide men and women who are new to sobriety with the additional support they need as they navigate early recovery. We understand how vulnerable individuals can be during this period, and our support staff members work together to provide around-the-clock encouragement and firsthand insight.
If you have recently completed a higher level of clinical care and you are ready to continue progressing in your journey of recovery, please feel free to reach out to us at any point in time. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you determine whether or not our sober home is a good fit for you and your personal needs and requirements. For more information or to take an in-person tour, give us a call today at (844) 505-3447 for more information.