Is Sober Living Effective?

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The traditional components that make up the treatment process for an individual struggling with substance and/ or addiction includes detox, some type of formal treatment program and aftercare. Within each component are a variety of options. Detox is the process that rids one’s body of all foreign substances. Depending on the needs of the individual he or she could undergo an unsupervised detox, a supervised detox, a medical detox, or a medically assisted detox. The substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program component of the recovery process is often offered as either inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment. Regardless of the format, during treatment an individual will develop an aftercare plan with his or her clinical team. This document serves as a tangible resource to be relied upon after one concludes treatment. Aftercare plans can contain both detailed recommendations as well as offer general suggestions to assist in relapse prevention and one’s continue success with sobriety. The suggestion of transitioning into a sober living home typically arises as a component of one’s aftercare plan.  

Sober Living

There are a variety of benefits to residing in a sober living home. They offer individuals a drug and alcohol free residential environment that is a slightly less structured than in an inpatient substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program, but more structured and controlled than simply returning home. Individuals that elect to move into a sober living home essentially have a built-in support network as they are residing with other people that are also in recovery. Sober living homes require its residents to abide by the house rules, and its residents are financially responsible costs associated with room and board. 

Sober living homes can help an individual slowly reintegrate into society, while continuing to prioritize their sobriety. Every individual is different and each will have a unique experience when it comes to treatment for substance abuse and/ or addiction. For some, transitioning into a sober living facility prior to returning home can yield successful results, while for others it may be unnecessary. It is important to bear in mind that addiction is recognized as a chronic mental health illness, and relapse (when a person returns to using drugs and/ or alcohol after a period of sobriety) is not uncommon. There are countless variables that contribute to whether or not sober living is effective, and as such it is impossible to provide a definitive answer regarding the universal efficacy of sober living. The fact remains: continuing to prioritize one’s sobriety, however it may be, can only increase one’s likelihood of prolonged success. 

For Information and Support 

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at

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