What is a ‘Sober House’ and What Are the Benefits of Living in One after Residential Rehab?
Ensuring that you attend an effective addiction treatment centre is the key to overcoming your addiction, but for many that is just the beginning of a long and winding journey to recovery. In many cases, living in a sober house after rehab is the best way to transition into a new, sober life. Whether referred to as a sober living house, sober living home, halfway house or sober house, all of these names refer to a drug and alcohol-free, community living environment intended as a transitional living phase for those who have attended a residential rehab facility for drug or alcohol addiction. Each housing centre has its own set of rules and regulations, but most encourage (if not require) regular attendance of recovery meetings. The better ones offer in-house counselling services or group meetings, among other activities that aid recovery. The length of time that an individual decides to stay in a sober house varies, but 30 to 90 days is often the recommended duration in order to reap the full benefits.For many people who have just completed residential rehab, living in a sober house that offers a drug and alcohol-free, group living environment is the best way to transition back to normal life. In this article, we explain the benefits that a sober living programme offers.