Should You Go To Sober Living When You Have A Family?

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Addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a chronic brain disorder. It is characterized by compulsively engaging in rewarding stimuli (e.g., abusing drugs) without regard for consequence. Individuals that struggle with substance abuse and/ or addiction prioritize satisfying drug cravings above all else. This can wreak havoc in all areas of one’s life and result in family problems, financial strain, legal complications, relationship rifts, and more. Addiction is not a disease that only affects the individual abusing drugs and/ or alcohol; by nature, it is a disease that impacts the people in the individual’s life, especially one’s loved ones. An integral component of any formal substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program is developing an aftercare plan with one’s clinical team. Depending on an individual’s needs, this tailored plan can include a combination of detailed and broad recommendations, suggestions, and additional personalized guidance to help the individual maintain his or her sobriety after he or she has completed the program. For some individuals, transitioning into a sober living facility prior to returning home can be beneficial. 

There is no universal answer to the question: should you go to sober living when you have a family? Every person is unique and will have distinct needs throughout the recovery process. It is important for an individual in recovery to prioritize his or her sobriety, above all else. Although for some individuals the prospect of elongating the return to one’s home by moving into sober living may seem undesirable, the recovery process should not be rushed, as transitioning into a sober living facility could be incredibly helpful to one’s continued success. Sober livings are intended to be a stepping-stone that helps to transition an individual out of a treatment program and further prepares them for returning to their home lives. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the length of time an individual spends in substance abuse treatment (including sober living) can directly increase his or her outcome in recovery. 

For Information and Support 

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding 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 us via email at

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