Sober Living & Transitional Housing

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Last Edited: September 22, 2020

Author
Claudia Rose

Clinically Reviewed
Mark Frey, LPCC, LICDC, NCC

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and certified by an addiction professional.

What Is Sober Living?

Sober Living Environments (also known as SLEs) are living arrangements used by recovering people to serve as a transitional environment between a rehabilitation center and future life-goals. SLEs came about from the need for individuals to have a safe and supportive environment where people can perform daily activities, while pursuing a life of recovery. These living arrangement are generally meant to provide housing for individuals who have recently come out of a treatment or recovery center. Often treatment centers provide strong structure and individuals benefit greatly from gradually stepping down from being watched constantly while they transition back into the world. While sober living is not a required element of the recovery process, it is highly recommended to make a smooth transition process.

According to research studies, people have generally found that people who stay in sober living arrangement for longer periods of time have better rates of abstinence. Most individuals who stay in a sober living arrangement for less than a few months tend to have lower rates of abstinence.

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3251 Route 112
Medford NY 11763
In Medford, NY, Seafield Services Inc OP 4 provides Outpatient programs with Spanish. Fundamentally focusing on Substance Abuse Treatment Services, t...
24109 Club View Dr
Gaithersburg MD 20882
1671 25th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94122
Ctr on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (San Francisco) located at 1671 25th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122, United States is a drug rehab facility prov...
3210 Eagle Run Drive NE
Grand Rapids MI 49525
Providing Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Transitional housing or halfway house, Buprenorphine used in treatment, West Brook Recovery Cente...
1157 E Taylor St
San Jose CA 95112
LifeChoices has been helping men and women to overcome addiction, and reinforcing sober living in San Jose for since 2001. We provide effective progra...
2310 West Broadway Street
Muskogee OK 74401
Monarch Inc (Muskogee) located at 2310 West Broadway Street, Muskogee, OK 74401, United States is a drug treatment center providing substance abuse tr...
2061 Century Boulevard
Rock Springs WY 82901
In Rock Springs, WY, Southwest Counseling provides Short-term residential, Long-term residential programs with Spanish. Fundamentally focusing on Sub...
127 Migeon Avenue
Torrington CT 6790
McCall Center for Behavioral Health is a Substance Abuse Treatment Services in Torrington, CT. Provided in an Long-term residential setting, McCall C...
438-440 High Street
Pottstown PA 19464
Alternative Counseling Associates (Pottstown) located at 438-440 High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464, United States is a drug rehab program providing sub...
422 Pine Street
Calumet MI 49913
Phoenix House Inc (Residential Substance Abuse Program) located at 422 Pine Street, Calumet, MI 49913, United States is a drug rehab program providing...
360 West Benson Boulevard
Anchorage AK 99503
In Anchorage, AK, Akeela Women and Families Programs segments their treatment services based on Substance Abuse Treatment Services within a Outpatient...
10525 Eastex Freeway
Houston TX 77093
In Houston, TX, Cheyenne Center Inc focuses on the treatment of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Providing Short-term residential, Long-term resid...
25 Dies Street
Canton NY 13617
North Country Freedom Homes (Supportive Living Facility) located at 25 Dies Street, Canton, NY 13617, United States is a drug treatment center providi...
4661 Belpar NW
Canton OH 44718
Located in Canton, OH, Glenbeigh Outpatient Center of facilitates Outpatient treatment programs that specialize in Substance Abuse Treatment Services....
416 Corson Ave
Modesto CA 95350
TLC's unique holistic, systematic approach addresses the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of addiction, and includes other family...
954 East 10th Madison Street
Brownsville TX 78520
Texas American Medical Consultants (Brownsville) located at 954 East 10th Madison Street, Brownsville, TX 78520, United States is an alcohol treatment...
3815 Harrison Ave
Rockford IL 61108
Rosecrance believes strongly in the capability and power of you, as an individual, to recover. By choosing to enter treatment, you have taken the esse...
2008 D Street
Bakersfield CA 93301
Kern County Hispanic Commission on (Casa de Alma) located at 2008 D Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301, United States is an alcohol rehab program providin...
1054 East High Street
Springfield OH 45505
McKinley Hall Inc (Women and Children Program) located at 1054 East High Street, Springfield, OH 45505, United States is an alcohol treatment center p...
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What Is Transitional Housing?

Transitional living programs assist individuals in rebuilding their lives after they have graduated from a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program or a treatment center. It is a transittion from intensive treatment for addiction towards living in the real world while maintaining structure in a persons life.

In many transitional housing centers, people with addiction are offered a place to live for a temporary duration while they continue to get a handle on any issues of addiction. This is also a place for those in recovery from addiction to pursue an education or employment as a means to develop real-life skills for whene leave treatment.

In addition, these individuals can use this time to mend any relationships that may have been damaged due to addiction, and learn relapse prevention strategies in order to better ensure that addiction is left in the past, and not something that can hurt anyone in the future. Transitional living centers generally focus on attainable and realistic post-treatment goals to ensure that clients are equipped with the skills and tools to maintain a life of recovery.

Differences for Men & Women?

Men Only: Men only sober living homes allow for males to heal in a well-structured environment without distraction. Typically, men struggle with the expression of emotions and being in touch with their feelings. It is also common for them to face difficulty with asking for help and being able to identify problems or specific weaknesses. Men only sober living environments decrease the need for their competitive nature and potential aggression while in early recovery.

Women Only: Women only sober living homes cater to the healing and needs of females. Women new to recovery are able to feel more open and freer to talk about painful issues or topics. Often times, women who are impacted by drug or alcohol addiction live in an unhealthy and chaotic environment. Unfortunately, this only acts as a reinforcement to her addiction, which commonly results in relapse. Women only sober living houses allow females to develop trust in their peers and build a positive support network.

Co-Ed Sober Living: Co-Ed sober living environments are known to be effective in a lasting recovery from addiction. Although there is not a gender-specific atmosphere, there is still much healing that takes place. In early recovery, having peer support, encouragement and being able to identify with others is important to be successful and prevent relapse.