Do Sober Livings Accommodate Co-Occurring Disorders?

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Sober living facilities are group homes for individuals who have recently completed a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program that wish to move into transitional housing prior to returning home. Sober livings offer an in-between option that is a step down from traditional substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment programs. Instead of immediately returning home, sober living facilities offer a greater level of support in a community environment, while residents continue integrating the newly learned tools and skills related to becoming self-reliant while maintaining sobriety. Each sober living home is different, as most are privately owned. There are a plethora of sober living facilities available to those in need, each with distinct characteristics, located in different geographical areas, offering a variety of wide-ranging amenities, and many specialize in accommodating individual’s nuanced needs.  

Dual Diagnosis

Substance use disorder, also known as addiction, is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). According to the American Psychiatric Association, substance use disorder is a “complex condition in which there is uncontrolled use of substance despite harmful consequence.” The National Institutes of Health (NIH) assert that nearly half of the people “who have a mental [health] disorder will also have a substance use disorder at some point in their lives and vice versa.” When an individual is diagnosed with substance use disorder and another co morbid mental health illness it is referred to as a dual diagnosis.

Sober Living Options

Every person is different. Though the road to recovery from substance abuse and/ or addiction is often comprised of the same broad steps (e.g. detox, formal substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program, aftercare) the intricacies that make up each component will wholly depend on the individual’s unique needs. As such, there are many different options available in each step of the way, in order to ensure each person’s nuanced treatment needs can be sufficiently accommodated. Albeit, not all individuals that complete a formal substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment will elect to move into transitional housing prior to returning home. Sober livings are an excellent example that epitomizes the vast number of options, which span catering to a wide range of needs. For individuals that are more comfortable residing with members of the same gender, there are male-only sober livings and female-only sober livings. There are also co-ed sober living homes. There are sober livings that cater to individuals that identify as members of the LGBTQ community. Individuals that hold a dual diagnosis can move into a specialized sober living facility. There are luxury sober living facilities, as well as modest sober living facility options. Any person that completes a formal substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program and wishes to transition into a sober living residence can surely find an option that best suits his or her needs. It is highly recommended for individuals with a dual diagnosis to select a sober living facility that specializes in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders. 

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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