A sober living house might be a perfect fit, whether you are transitioning from a residential treatment facility or just starting your journey in recovery. Discovery Transitions works with a number of sober living facilities, in order to build and expand a solid support system in the recovery process. We find that navigating through various stressful situations and temptations can go more smoothly when an individual is connected with a supportive peer group.
Sober living houses are structured environments tailored to the basic needs of the newly recovering addict and alcoholic. They may vary in the detail but generally, they have a consistent set of requirements:
- Drugs and alcohol prohibited
- Random periodic testing
- Participation in recovery meetings
- Outside participation in either school, work, or an outpatient program
- No violence
- Connecting with a mentor or sponsor
Sober Living in Los Angeles
If you choose to stay in a Discovery Transitions partner sober living facility in the Los Angeles area you will be conveniently located near our outpatient treatment center. As the above-listed requirements may be new to the alcoholic or addict just beginning the recovery process, a Discovery Transitions sober coach can help you to see the importance of the requirements and to live cooperatively with the staff and other residents. It has been demonstrated that sober living environments (SLEs) contribute to establishing sustained recovery when used as an adjunct to a 12-step program.
A sober living house can make it easier to establish a foundation in recovery. Living in proximity to others who are also striving for recovery can reinforce your own resolve to make it work. Fellow residents who are “getting it” serve as models and inspiration for sobriety.
What to Expect in a Sober Living House
Going to a sober living home will be a new experience for most addicts and alcoholics. Living in cooperation with others requires some adjustment, but the overall experience can be rewarding; a foundation in sobriety can be forged and lifelong friendships can develop.
It is often the case that the addict’s living conditions expose him or her to too many opportunities to drink or use, and too many stressors and triggers that make focusing on recovery difficult. Family tensions, proximity to drugs and alcohol—or to other users—and possibly the responsibilities of work all conspire to distract from the goal of sobriety.
We at Discovery Transitions believe that our clients can get maximum benefit from our outpatient treatment program if they put recovery first. This doesn’t mean that you should abandon all responsibilities, but does require a rearrangement of priorities. An SLE can provide the kind of environment where the addict can concentrate on achieving recovery, which in turn will strengthen their ability to handle responsibilities when they resume independent living.
Sober living environments are known to produce empathy, consideration for others, and a community dynamic that is based on camaraderie. Individuals in early recovery struggle with tendencies to isolate and feel “outside of.” Sober living environments are an effective component to increase habituation of healthy social skills is needful of progressive recovery.