About Sober Living
Sober living is often the next step in addiction recovery for inpatient drug addiction clients following their admission to Coastline Behavioral Health drug treatment program. Most clients do not feel ready to return to their previous living situations for several common reasons. The possibility of being in trigger situations such as emotional or behavioral traumas puts recovering addicts at risk of relapse. The ability to withstand the temptation to begin using again when around old friend circles will open doors to further addiction issues, and possible drug overdose. Clients who are looking to return to a living situation without the needed support to stay sober will often choose to transition from inpatient rehab to sober living situations.
Sober living homes provide clients leaving inpatient rehab centers in Huntington Beach to be able to continue to reside in a center that protects them from exposure to negative outside influences while offering continued treatment programs. These programs are designed to continue the inpatient rehab treatments and therapies started while in a residential rehab program. Access to experiential therapy, counseling and life skills programs encourage clients to look forward to their future without drugs or alcohol.
The length of time an individual spends in a sober living situation can vary widely. Some clients transition out of sober living in Huntington Beach after a month or so. Other clients feel they need much longer to gain consistent control over behaviors and triggers that might cause them to stumble. A residential sober living house can be designated for women or men only, but a few are co-ed. Some women’s sober living homes allow children to be reunited with their mothers under certain circumstances. In all sober living houses, clients live with other individuals recovering from addiction, which may present its own issues.
When considering a sober living home it is important to take cost into account. Some sober living facilities are quite luxurious while others provide the basics. The difference in cost can be substantial, so clients are encouraged to keep this in mind when deciding where to continue treatment.
Sober Living Facts
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Sober living homes are facilities that provide positive environments for those choosing to continue living drug and alcohol-free. Abstinence from illicit drugs and alcohol can be very difficult without the support system provided within each home. While it isn’t required for clients to continue drug treatment from a sober living situation, the majority of residents choose to keep themselves from being exposed to harmful, dangerous situations. Occasionally, a client enters sober living without inpatient drug rehab.
The first sober living facilities were often run by institutions such as the Salvation Army and grew over the years, providing opportunities for more clients seeking sober living situations. Many of the sober living homes in Huntington Beach have adopted the 12-step program as their primary method of addiction recovery support. Sober living residents are required to submit to random drug testing, as well as participate in all required house meetings and any required community service projects. Remaining in a sober living home will also require that residents comply with all the rules set out by staff upon admission and be able to keep their financial obligations to their sober living home.
While sober living facilities can vary in continuing care, most require residents to create a personal recovery plan which includes a list of short and long-term goals. Sobriety is a lifelong battle for those recovering from opiate addiction and heroin addiction. While the opiate withdrawal symptoms will fade, the cravings and preoccupying thoughts about opiates may not. Keeping on track and maintaining a strong support system will be vital to long-term recovery. The goal of every sober living home is to help clients get themselves ready to be on their own, allowing optimal reintegration into society.
Sober Living Expectations
Every resident in a sober living facility will be expected to follow a strict list of rules and expectations. These rules are designed to provide protection for all, residents and their guests, and make living with other recovering alcoholics and drug addicts less stressful. Sober living should not have to be depressing or isolating. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Most sober living homes in Huntington Beach are lively, bright places offering activities and occasional outings. Every sober living home has a contract that clients must sign and adhere to in order to remain at the house. The following is a list of more common house rules:
- No drug or alcohol use
- No drugs or alcohol in rooms
- Smoking allowed in smoking areas
- Respect house property
- Respect fellow housemates
- Compliance with payments
- Refrain from sexual contact with housemates
- Violent behavior prohibited