The Basics of Sober Living

The Sober Living concept is a stage in between recovery treatment and re-entering real life.
For someone who’s been through treatment and recovery for alcohol or drug abuse, the idea of re-entering society and getting back to a so-called “normal life” is one that’s loaded down with opportunities for failure.

Knowing that there is a baseline of steady and reliable help available as a graduate of a recovery program can certainly help. Over the last several years, there’s a successful concept that’s come to the foreground and proven to help many following recovery.  It is called “Sober Living” and provides a platform by which the recovering addict can not only continue recovery treatment, but can begin to make the transition back into a sober lifestyle.  This transition phase between a highly structured and supervised recovery treatment program and a return to the outside world can be just what the recovering addict needs to feel secure and competent before leaping back into the pool.

Issues with boundaries in relationships, in regard to family, friends, work, in the physical arena and beyond, are a common factor in addiction.  The mental health skills which give some people the ability to compartmentalize are not always present in the addict.  During recovery treatment, there is a lot of conversation about boundaries.  While some skills are taught to addicts, the way in which recovery treatment programs work best isn’t necessarily aligned to trying out these skills.  After all, the treatment program or facility is doing most of the boundary-setting for the addict during treatment.  The structure, rules and expectations of the recovery treatment program will help the addict to recover.  But in order to re-enter the real world, the addict will need to know how to appropriately flex his or her boundaries, and how to set new boundaries when encountering a brand new situation.

The Sober Living concept is a stage in between recovery treatment and re-entering real life.  Typically on the same campus that the addict attended for recovery treatment, the Sober Living program will not share too many things in common with the recovery treatment program.  The participants will live apart from the rest of the population and will have less structured time. They will continue to attend therapy and may participate in 12 step meetings or groups that integrate with the recovery population.  But in general, they are expected to be able to do more for themselves.  There is typically still the construct of living with another resident, because isolation following recovery can be incredibly dangerous.  However, the Sober Living graduates of a recovery treatment program for alcohol or drug abuse will, by and large, be responsible for managing their own lives.  Paying bills, managing money and preparing healthy meals are all things that recovery graduates can handle on their own.  

The Sober Living framework allows the addict to be monitored for accountability purposes, to continue their treatment therapy, and to transition to a case management system, where they can address career and life goals that may be the next phase in their accomplishments.


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