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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4209 Brooke Avenue
Gadsden AL 35904
CED Fellowship House Inc (Gadsden) located at 4209 Brooke Avenue, Gadsden, AL 35904, United States is an alcohol treatment center providing substance ...
2710 Avenue J
Fort Worth TX 76105
Volunteers of America Texas Inc (Avenue J Facility) located at 2710 Avenue J, Fort Worth, TX 76105, United States is a drug rehab center providing sub...
444 West Badillo Street
Covina CA 91723
Puente House Recovery Services (Covina) located at 444 West Badillo Street, Covina, CA 91723, United States is an alcohol treatment program providing ...
1452 N Martel Ave
Los Angeles CA 90046
11978 179th Ct N
Jupiter FL 33478
117 SE Seminole Street
Stuart FL 34994
Located in Stuart, FL, Waters Edge Recovery LLC facilitates Outpatient treatment programs that specialize in Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Thei...
261 State Street
Hackensack NJ 7601
Bergen County Community Action (Partnership Ladder Project) located at 261 State Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601, United States is an alcohol treatment p...
400 W Live Oak St
Austin TX 78704
As a leading nonprofit treatment provider, we offer affordable evidence-based care to teens, adults, and families, as well as unique programming for m...
Miller Valley Rd
Prescott AZ 86322
Footprints Recovery Home is a structured sober living program for women who are recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction. We provide an innovativ...
3700 Safe Harbor Way
Reno NV 89512
STEP2 of Reno, NV specializes in Substance Abuse Treatment Services with Outpatient, Long-term residential treatment. They provide Substance abuse tr...
2900 Fremont Avenue North
Minneapolis MN 55411
Family Restoration Services is a Treatment Center located in Minneapolis, MN which maintains Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse as their primary...
529 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue
Flint MI 48502
In Flint, MI, Flint Odyssey House Inc focuses on the treatment of Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Providing Outpatient, Short-term resident...
22, 24 and 26 Windermere Road
Dorchester MA 2125
Victory Programs Inc (Shepherd House) located at 22, 24 and 26 Windermere Road, Dorchester, MA 02125, United States is a drug treatment center provid...
160 North El Molino Avenue
Pasadena CA 91101
Casa Treatment Center in Pasadena, CA is a substance abuse treatment center with a focus on Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Provided in a Short-t...
140 Corey Avenue
Saint Petersburg FL 33706
Spencer Recovery Center provides Short-term residential, Long-term residential treatment in Saint Petersburg, FL specializing in Substance Abuse Treat...
1201 3rd St NW
Albuquerque NM 87102
St. Martin’s therapy consists of individual as well as group therapies. There is no charge for persons receiving these services. Therapy is provide...
404 NW 23rd Street
Corvallis OR 97330
Yes House (Corvallis) located at 404 NW 23rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97330, United States is a drug treatment facility providing substance abuse treatme...
17 W Pennsylvania Ave
Stewartstown PA 17363
4213 Walney Road
Chantilly VA 20151
Fairfax/Falls Church Comm Servs Board in Chantilly, VA is a substance abuse treatment center with a focus on Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Prov...
22790 SW 112th Avenue
Miami FL 33170
Agape Family Ministries (Miami) located at 22790 SW 112th Avenue, Miami, FL 33170, United States is a drug treatment center providing substance abuse ...
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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.