What Happens in a Sober House? December 6th, 2019 The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake
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What Happens in a Sober House?


After inpatient rehab, some recovering addicts may need a higher level of support in a safe environment free from temptations and pressure to use drugs or alcohol. A Colorado sober living house is a structured living environment free of drugs and alcohol where someone in recovery can live and get much-needed support and help transitioning back to life after rehab.

How Sober Houses Help Addicts

Sober houses are staffed by treatment professionals who provide continuing treatment to addicts after they leave inpatient treatment. Sober houses date all the way back to the 1830s as a place where addicts can feel safe as they navigate the world and get used to being sober again.

Everyone who lives in a sober house has committed themselves to sobriety, which provides even more support for post-rehab addicts. Sober houses can also facilitate daily 12-step meetings and other group therapy options as well as individualized therapy in many cases.

Beyond treatment services, sober houses can also encourage residents to learn and practice healthier lifestyles, including healthy eating, exercising, and other self-care routines that will enhance their emotional sobriety. Addicts who neglect self-care are more susceptible to relapse and substance use because they let themselves get into a weakened condition that makes it harder to resist temptations and triggers.

Residents of sober houses are held accountable by being required to take random drug tests and participate in meetings as well as other accountability measures. Some sober houses require residents to work, pay rent, and provide their own food and other needs. Government subsidies can help residents pay for sober house expenses, but residents are encouraged and assisted with finding jobs if they are unemployed.

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Sober houses provide support for addicts from the other residents and treatment professionals.

Requirements of Sober Houses

The main goal of sober houses is to prepare residents to go back into their lives successfully. The rules of sober houses are rules that are healthy for residents and will teach them how to conduct themselves in a way that supports continued sobriety when they leave.

Some of the rules of most sober houses include:

  • not using drugs or alcohol
  • no sexual contact with other residents
  • paying fees on time
  • not stealing or destroying property
  • no violent behavior
  • completing assigned chores
  • participating in required programs and therapy

Consequences for violating sober house rules can range from doing community service to being evicted from the house or even criminal prosecution when laws are broken; consequences vary with different houses depending on which rule is broken.

Who Lives in Sober Houses?

Many sober house residents are coming out of rehab or other treatment, but unlike halfway houses, attending inpatient treatment is not a requirement for living in a sober house. Some addicts live in sober houses as a form of treatment in lieu of inpatient rehab, or after a relapse when they have not had any treatment for a long period of time. As long as they can follow the sober house rules, they can live there.

When more intensive addiction treatment is needed, Recovery Village at Palmer Lake can provide customized programs to help addicts find their way to recovery. Contact us for more information.

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