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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841 East Pritchard Street
Asheboro NC 27203
In Asheboro, NC, Randolph Fellowship Home Inc segments their treatment services based on Substance Abuse Treatment Services within a Outpatient, Long-...
Pine Street Extension
Nashua NH 3060
Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism (Nashua) located at Pine Street Extension, Nashua, NH 03060, United States is a drug treatment facility providing...
857 Dutton Avenue
Santa Rosa CA 95407
Casa Calmecac (Santa Rosa) located at 857 Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, United States is an alcohol treatment center providing substance abuse ...
1700 South Lincoln Avenue
Lebanon PA 17042
Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Substance Abuse Trt Unit (SARRTP)) located at 1700 South Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon, PA 17042, United States is a drug r...
1628 Oklahoma Ave
Trenton MO 64683
When the use of alcohol or drugs interferes with someone's daily activities - job, family life, social life, it's a sign of something serious. That's ...
231 South Wilson Street
Casper WY 82601
Wyoming Recovery (Casper) located at 231 South Wilson Street, Casper, WY 82601, United States is an alcohol rehab center providing substance abuse tre...
211 East Scott Avenue
Knoxville TN 37917
Agape Inc (Knoxville) located at 211 East Scott Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917, United States is a drug treatment program providing substance abuse treat...
725 Merrimon Ave #18421
Asheville NC 28804
331 Hickory Grade Road
Bridgeville PA 15017
Gateway Rehabilitation Center (Bridgeville) located at 331 Hickory Grade Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017, United States is a drug treatment center providi...
362 Sunset Road
Skillman NJ 8558
Crawford House Inc (Skillman) located at 362 Sunset Road, Skillman, NJ 08558, United States is a drug treatment facility providing substance abuse tre...
1852 W Grand Blvd
Detroit MI 48208
Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation (SHAR) maintains a full range of comprehensive treatment programs; admission into a program is determined by each c...
1021 Main Street
Danville VA 24541
Alcoholic Counseling Services Inc (Hope Harbor) located at 1021 Main Street, Danville, VA 24541, United States is an alcohol rehab program providing s...
175 North Clinton Avenue
Rochester NY 14604
YWCA of Rochester/Monroe County (Steppingstone) located at 175 North Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604, United States is a drug treatment facility p...
151 Burrs Lane
Huntington Station NY 11746
Fundamentally focusing on Substance Abuse Treatment Services, they treat patients who need Substance abuse treatment, Transitional housing or halfway...
139 Ford Street
Ukiah CA 95482
Ford Street Project Inc (Ukiah) located at 139 Ford Street, Ukiah, CA 95482, United States is a drug treatment facility providing substance abuse trea...
1741 15th Street NW
Bemidji MN 56601
Located in Bemidji, MN, Oshki Manidoo New Spirit Center is a Substance Abuse Treatment Services providing Substance abuse treatment, Transitional hous...
814 North Congress Street
Jackson MS 39202
New Life for Women Inc (Jackson) located at 814 North Congress Street, Jackson, MS 39202, United States is an alcohol rehab program providing substanc...
219-221 South Race Street
Georgetown DE 19947
Corinthian House (Georgetown) located at 219-221 South Race Street, Georgetown, DE 19947, United States is a drug treatment program providing substanc...
7700 Amelia Street
Houston TX 77055
TRS Behavioral Care Inc (The Next Step for Women) located at 7700 Amelia Street, Houston, TX 77055, United States is a drug treatment facility providi...
479 North Lake Street
Aurora IL 60506
Gateway Foundation Inc (Hope House) located at 479 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506, United States is an alcohol rehab program providing substance ...
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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.