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What Is A Sober House?

Sober House

Those who have successfully completed a stint at an inpatient rehab establishment often feel the need to make use of a sober house as part of their continued recovery.

Defining a sober house:

A sober house, or sober living homes as they are often called are group homes for those people recovering from addiction issues. Living in a sober home requires the person concerned to accept and abide by certain rules. They also need to contribute to the home by doing their share of chores.

The most important ‘rule’ of a sober house is that residents must stay sober throughout their stay. This environment supports and encourages sobriety and can be highly effective in helping alcoholics and addicts to gradually adjust to life without their addictions.

These homes are usually privately owned with business groups, rehab centres or charity organisers as the usual providers. A sober house will generally be in a quiet location to create a peaceful environment that is conducive to recovery.

How they differ from rehab establishments:

Rehab establishments offer a much more intensive recovery experience. Residents are afforded far less freedom. A sober living facility usually allows residents to come and go as they please on the understanding that certain rules are followed.

Examples of this are being encouraged to go to work, and having a certain time they must be home by. It should also be noted that all residents are usually subject to random drug tests as proof that they are sober.

Added responsibility:

During a stay at an inpatient rehab facility recovering addicts have many things done for them and live to a defined, set routine. A sober house environment offers far more independence and freedom, but with independence and freedom comes responsibility.

It is well known that addiction causes people to act in irresponsible ways and that this can be fuelled by friends and families either knowingly or unknowingly supporting their addiction.

Self-responsibility is an important step in the recovery process and living in a sober house provides this. Such living usually means the recovering addict is responsible for paying their own rent, buying their own food and providing their own living expenses. In essence, they are doing what they would do for themselves if they lived in a regular home.

As mentioned, the major difference of being accommodated in a sober house facility is that residents need to follow certain rules and submit to random drug or alcohol testing.

While rules may seem a difficult thing to accept for adults they are there for a reason. That reason is to ensure they remain sober and can be a tremendous help in terms of avoiding unnecessary temptation.

Regaining self-respect:

One trait of an addict is the loss of self-respect. This will have been worked on during a stay as an inpatient at a rehab establishment. Taking advantage of a sober living facility is a positive way to build on this self-respect and prepare a person for life in their own environment. While this type of living is not for everyone, it certainly benefits many.

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