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Sober Living

Recovery from addiction is a process that continues for an extended period of time after a treatment program. Some individuals in Rhode Island can benefit from a specially designed supportive living environment that understands the problems involved in overcoming substance abuse. Sober Living is a community of recovering individuals who help each other as they work together, day-by-day, toward recovery from addiction.

What Is Sober Living?

Sober Living is a program designed to help patients who are recovering from addiction with a living arrangement that supports their recovery. Sober Living facilities are either group homes or individual apartments, where individuals who have completed a treatment program can work together to support their abstinence and their efforts to live productively. Residents help each other with daily problems and cooperate to maintain the facility. They are also provided a measure of treatment as part of the group-living setting to help support their efforts to rebuild their lives after addiction.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Sober Living?

Sober Living can be an effective option for a number of circumstances:

  • The individual does not have a home environment that can effectively support recovery after addiction.
  • The individual does not have practical skills to live on their own.
  • The individual may have been homeless during their addiction.
  • The individual may require a treatment atmosphere to continue to remain abstinent from alcohol or drugs.

What Happens in a Sober Living Facility?

In a Sober Living facility, residents go to work each day, just as they would in a regular living arrangement. However, they are expected to contribute to the running of the facility and follow the rules that have been determined. They may attend group meetings at certain times to resolve problems, arrange work tasks or other business of the facility. They also hold counseling sessions to address specific issues of recovery. Members are encouraged to attend recovery support groups and to get assistance for other problems, if necessary. Residents can stay for as long as they desire, but many go on to live on their own after a period of living in the facility.

Does Sober Living Work to Sustain Recovery?

In a study cited by the National Institutes on Health, researchers found that residents of Sober Living had higher rates of abstinence at a 6, 12 and 18-month period, than those who lived independently. Sober Living has a reliable record in helping individuals recovering from alcohol or drug addiction to maintain their sobriety and return to productive lives after treatment for their problem.

Benefits of Sober Living

Residents of a Sober Living community in Rhode Island can benefit from the group arrangement in a number of ways:

  • Sober Living provides a safe and supportive environment for an individual dealing with addiction problems that they may not necessary have in their home lives.
  • Sober Living offers the benefit of a treatment-oriented environment, while still providing a measure of independent living.
  • Sober Living facilities allow individuals to practice their everyday living skills in an environment that still offers a measure of support.
  • Other residents can provide practical help for real-life problems that can occur on an average day.
  • Other residents understand the problems of recovery and can recognize when a fellow resident needs additional help. Then can then encourage the individual to seek counseling, support groups, or other measures to maintain recovery.

The work to continue to recover from addiction does not stop at the end of a treatment program. Cravings and difficulties can arise as patients begin to resume their normal lives. If you need help with an addiction problem and that Sober Living programs in Rhode Island could be of help to you, contact an addiction treatment facility today to learn more about this option for recovery.