Recovering from the cycle of addiction isn’t something that happens overnight. Even after weeks spent in treatment, individuals need to adjust their lifestyles, maintain motivation, and receive continuous support in order to truly establish sobriety. One of the ways that motivation and support for addiction recovery can be established is through the use of a sober living environment. But, what are these environments, what can one expect from sober living, and what are the benefits of using these types of living after completing time in addiction treatment?
What is a Sober Living Environment
Sober living, also known as ‘supportive housing’, is just what it sounds like – a place for people to be sober and live. It provides a safe and supportive environment for people who have just completed their time in an outpatient addiction treatment program in order to assimilate back into society using what they’ve learned. Essentially, people living in supportive housing environments work on getting back into the workforce, going back to school, having daily responsibilities and tasks, and utilizing what they’ve learned in treatment to maintain sobriety.
What Are the Benefits of Utilizing a Sober Living Environment?
Going from treatment back into a daily routine can be challenging. A person has to implement what they’ve learned in treatment into their daily lives. And, continue to remain sober while doing so, which is obviously difficult after living with a continual cycle of drug use. So, the support that a supportive housing environment provides is a crucial tool in assimilating back into daily life with the skills and techniques that are learned throughout treatment.
Additionally, supportive housing allows individuals who are newly sober to rely on the support of peers and mentors while starting their sobriety journey outside of treatment. This support comes in the form of housing obligations (curfew, house chores, etc.) that keep a person responsible and held accountable for their actions. Support is also provided in the form of house meetings to go over any feelings or experiences that have occurred in order to receive feedback. And, finally, those who are living in a supportive housing environment can get help when they encounter triggers as they have a community of support to rely on that’s always in reach.
What Can One Expect From a Sober Living Environment
It can be helpful to understand what to expect from supportive housing before accepting this kind of support. This way, you’re able to grasp what’s expected of you and what your experience may be like. Some of the things you can expect from supportive housing include:
Supervision: All supportive housing environments are designed to receive supervision, typically from the company or treatment center they are administered by. For example, the supportive housing from Willow Place for Women is run and supervised by our treatment clinicians in order to provide supportive care when needed. And, enforces policies and procedures that are expected of supportive housing environments as expected by The North Carolina Association of Recovery Residences (NCARR).
Monitoring: Supportive houses are typically monitored by a ‘house manager’ who is a trained individual in the monitoring and supervision of individuals in supportive housing. These individuals are responsible for administering drug tests, running support groups, and house meetings that ensure that individuals in the home are held accountable for their actions and responsibilities.
Integration: In most cases, supportive housing environments require residents to continue their care, which includes adhering to medication regimens and/or receiving support in the form of clinical therapy. The type of continual care a person may receive may be dependent on their treatment planning.
Supportive Housing Available Through Willow Place for Women
Willow Place for Women offers outpatient treatment for women struggling with substance use disorder. And, supportive housing for these individuals in our care. Learn more about Willow Place’s supportive housing services to find out if we’re the right fit for your sober living needs.