What Is a Sober Living Home?
One of the greatest challenges of overcoming substance abuse is avoiding temptations and triggers. If a recovering addict continues living in an unstable home or is regularly exposed to substances by others, they face serious risk of relapse. To help support their long-term sobriety, many choose to live in a sober living facility.
Sober living homes, sometimes called “halfway houses,” are substance-free residential facilities where people in addiction recovery can live together and support one another. Some sober living homes are co-ed, while others are specific to men or women only.
Sober living is not a type of treatment itself, but the safe, structured environment can be a powerful addition to an intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization program. It’s also ideal as transitional housing for individuals who have already completed addiction treatment. Whatever the case, results have shown that sober living increases the chances of long-term success.
Sober living is generally meant for those who are not struggling with addiction as much as those in residential treatment. Although individuals have more freedom than they would in inpatient drug and alcohol rehab, staff are still involved in providing guidance and enforcing rules.
Sober Living Benefits Everyone
The residents of sober living homes come from all walks of life and have unique recovery experiences. The common thread that draws these housemates together is a dedication to living a healthy, sober life. This shared experience helps residents to grow, creating a ripple effect that positively affects everyone around them.
Different facilities operate in different ways, but common features of sober living include:
- No drugs or alcohol allowed on the premises
- Random alcohol and drug testing
- Residents are expected to contribute to household chores and attend house meetings
- No violence or disorderly behavior
- Residents are expected to participate in 12-step meetings and/or group therapy sessions (with a licensed therapist)
- Residents should be employed, in school, or in treatment
- No unapproved or overnight guests
The Perfect Match for Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Treatment
Sober living is ideal for those in IOP or PHP programs who do not need the kind of extensive care that a residential treatment involves. For some, these are rehab entry or re-entry programs. For others, IOP/PHP and sober living are a means of continuing treatment after completing a residential program.
Although sober living homes aren’t as strict and inflexible as residential facilities, the people in them still need help to fight temptation, understand their issues and develop new coping skills. Sober living provides a comfortable, recovery-focused environment where they are surrounded by others who understand their challenges.
Better Relationships with Family and Friends
Contrary to what you might expect, placing some distance between yourself and loved ones is often the right move when you’re working through a complex issue like addiction. Even though non-residential clients can choose to live at home, it’s not always the best option. Staying in a sober living facility allows you to focus on yourself when you need to and slowly work on relationships with friends and family along the way.
How Much Does Sober Living Cost?
Insurance companies typically don’t consider sober living a required part of treatment, so they almost certainly will not cover it. Just like regular housing, you’ll be responsible for the rent and (usually) the utilities.
The cost of sober living homes in Southern California depends on a number of factors, such as who is running the facility, the nature of the housing and how long you plan to stay. You may be able to estimate pricing based on other types of local housing, but the only way to know for sure is to discuss it directly with the staff.
At One Touch Recovery Center, we aim to get you the support you need at the most affordable price possible. If there’s space available and it’s a good fit, we can refer you to our low-cost sober living in Pomona.
Experience the Best in Sober Living at One Touch Recovery Center
Here are just a few reasons why sober living at One Touch Recovery Center is a cut above the rest:
- Supervision by Clinical Staff
Residents of our sober living facilities are supervised and assisted by trained clinical staff to ensure their health and safety at all times. Drug testing and other checks are also performed to make sure the home stays substance-free and residents stay on track with their sobriety.
- MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)
We use a combination of medication, behavioral therapy, and counseling to meet the various treatment needs of our patients. This approach is especially valuable for those recovering from opioid addictions, allowing them to taper off over an appropriate period.
- Minimal Interruption to Daily Life
In sober living, residents are free to direct their day-to-day activities and set their own schedules. This means that individuals can get the treatment and support they need without it intruding upon work, school or other responsibilities.
- Discreet, Compassionate Care
We understand the sensitive nature of addiction recovery, which is why we make sure all of our services are discreet. Since you’ll be able to continue working or attending classes as usual, you don’t have to worry about disclosing the situation to everyone.
- The Southern California (“SoCal”) Experience
Treatment centers and sober living homes in California are known and loved for their sunny, naturally beautiful surroundings. One Touch Recovery in Pomona is located just outside of Los Angeles, not far from the scenic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Contact our sober living specialists today to learn more about our Pomona halfway house, dual diagnosis rehab options, and other special programs.