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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Carretera 328 Km 5.7
Sabana Grande PR 637
Mision Rescate Drug Abuse Treatment (de Sabana Grande) located at Carretera 328 Km 5.7, Sabana Grande, PR 00637, United States is an alcohol rehab cen...
1800 North James H McGee Boulevard
Dayton OH 45427
Project CURE (Dayton) located at 1800 North James H McGee Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45427, United States is an alcohol rehab center providing substance ab...
2035 W 29th St
Los Angeles CA 90018
147 Shaker Hill Road
Alfred ME 4002
York County Shelters Programs Inc is a Treatment Center located in Alfred, ME which maintains Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse as their primar...
8032 S Ingleside Ave
Chicago IL 60619
Henry’s House was established in October, 2001, with the help of Henry’s mentor Mr. Hollis Chester. Henry’s Sober Living House received its fir...
371 North Weston Place
Hemet CA 92543
Providing Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Transitional housing or halfway house, Buprenorphine used in treatment, Hemet Valley Recovery Cen...
2521-2523 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore MD 21218
Weisman Kaplan House (Baltimore) located at 2521-2523 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States is a drug treatment program providing substa...
48 Howe St
New Haven CT 06511
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1516 Washington Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19146
Gaudenzia Inc (Washington House) located at 1516 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146, United States is a drug treatment center providing a halfw...
560 Wilkes Road
Fayetteville NC 28306
5100 East 24th Street
Kansas City MO 64127
Salvation Army (MO Shield of Service) located at 5100 East 24th Street, Kansas City, MO 64127, United States is a drug rehab center providing detoxifi...
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...
521 West 7th Street
Erie PA 16502
Gaudenzia Erie Inc (Community House) located at 521 West 7th Street, Erie, PA 16502, United States is a drug treatment program providing substance abu...
23752 Gulf Avenue
Carson CA 90745
South Bay Alcoholism Services (Building Blocks) located at 23752 Gulf Avenue, Carson, CA 90745, United States is a drug rehab center providing a halfw...
7 Clearbrook Pass
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701 E 4th St #2
Durango CO 81301
202 North Paterson Street
Madison WI 53703
ARC Community Services Inc provides Long-term residential treatment in Madison, WI specializing in Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Exclusive prog...
215 North Rogers Street
Bloomington IN 47404
Amethyst House Inc (215 North Rogers Street) located at 215 North Rogers Street, Bloomington, IN 47404, United States is an alcohol treatment program ...
41481 Stenger Road
Belmont OH 43718
Crossroads Counseling Services Inc (New Outlook Halfway House) located at 41481 Stenger Road, Belmont, OH 43718, United States is a drug rehab center ...
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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.