If someone you love recently completed a treatment program for substance use disorder (SUD), they might benefit from a sober living community. Newport Beach Recovery Center offers recovery housing where clients can stay while they continue their recovery. The home-like space provides a healthy environment for anyone who does not feel capable of maintaining sobriety independently. Peers and recovery housing staff provide support and accountability.
What Is a Sober Living Home?
A sober living facility is a shared living space where peers in recovery live together. Staff is available to provide additional support and accountability. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), sober living communities offer an essential service. “For people who are newly sober, recovery housing can provide time and support.” Individuals in recovery can gain self-confidence and improve coping skills in an environment that prioritizes personal accountability and healthy routines.
Recovery housing offers the following benefits:
- Peer support
- An opportunity to make meaningful relationships
- Decreased stress during the transition into aftercare
- House rules that encourage self-accountability and self-care
Your loved one will have their own living area within the recovery house and access to shared spaces. Everyone in the community participates in various aspects of daily upkeep and supports each other’s recovery. Peer encouragement reduces feelings of loneliness during early recovery.
What Are Common House Rules?
Rules and guidelines ensure peaceful cohabitation within recovery housing. Every sober living home has house rules that keep everyone on the premises safe. Some standard house rules include:
- No drugs, alcohol, or other mind-altering substances on the premises
- A limit to bringing home guests
- Active participation in recovery by attending individual therapy and self-help groups
- Regular drug testing
- Shared responsibility for cleaning community spaces
- Expectations of privacy
Consistency is integral to creating healthy routines, and most sober communities have standard guidelines. The rules ensure the safety and comfort of everyone living in the home. In some cases, house rules may change, and the staff will inform tenants of any new guidelines. If individuals have difficulty sticking with the rules, they can speak with a therapist or the community staff. In most cases, addressing underlying issues makes it easier to work through problems encountered within the house. Your loved one will have all the support they need to overcome challenges in recovery.
How Do Sober Living Communities Reduce the Risk of Relapse?
A sober living home gives individuals a structured and safe space to continue learning healthy coping skills. Many people feel more confident making positive lifestyle changes when they live in a home that prioritizes sobriety. Additionally, there are fewer distractions or unhealthy temptations to interfere with early recovery. According to the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, “Safe and stable housing has been identified . . . as integral to recovery.” In addition, relapse prevention strategies benefit from a reliable sober living environment.
Recovery housing can reduce the risk of relapse by doing the following:
- Limiting exposure to potential triggers
- Improving self-efficacy and self-awareness
- Increasing positive social interactions
- Ensuring active participation in therapy
- Maintaining accountability
Clients can continue to improve their emotion regulation and skill development among sober peers with similar life experiences. The individuals living together share similar challenges. Being part of a community decreases feelings of isolation or loneliness during early recovery. Your loved one will spend time with others who can give them guidance and suggestions for overcoming everyday triggers and stressful situations. Recovery housing significantly lowers the risk of relapse for individuals in early recovery.
Who Benefits Most From Sober Living Communities?
You want to support your loved one during their treatment and ongoing recovery. However, you might not have the necessary resources to provide a safe environment for them during early recovery. A sober living community offers structure and distance from specific triggers that could affect their recovery.
The people who benefit most from sober living communities include:
- Anyone who lacks a support system
- Individuals who have no safe place to maintain their sobriety
- Clients or alumni who want a structured living environment during outpatient care
- Individuals who need extra time to cement healthy routines and essential life skills
How Does Newport Beach Recovery Center Help Clients Remain Sober?
Newport Beach Recovery Center ensures that clients and alumni have access to personalized treatment. We collaborate with clients and their families to ensure everyone has access to essential resources. Individuals taking advantage of our sober living community continue attending therapy, support groups, and other forms of treatment. Your loved one can get the care they need while living in an environment that fully supports their sobriety and recovery.
Recovery housing enhances the effectiveness of relapse prevention strategies. In addition, it provides clients with space for practicing coping skills. Sober living communities allow peers to form healthy social bonds, establish boundaries, and encourage one another. Your loved one will stay with peers who understand the unique struggles that come with early recovery.
A sober living community offers a safe space where individuals in recovery can continue healing. Newport Beach Recovery Center provides a full continuum of care for individuals with substance use disorder, including recovery housing. We understand that some people need more time in a structured environment before they feel confident in their recovery. Our sober living spaces are perfect for individuals who need access to a supportive and safe community during early recovery. If your loved one struggles with maintaining their sobriety outside treatment, a sober living community can help. Your loved one will have access to supportive therapy, group meetings, and understanding staff. Learn more by calling us today at (888) 850-0363.