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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1300 Railroad Avenue
Shelbyville TN 37160
In Shelbyville, TN, Tony Rice Center Inc focuses on the treatment of Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Providing Outpatient, Short-term resi...
722 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205
Bedford/Stuyvesant Alc Trt Center (Holoman Halfway House) located at 722 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States is a drug treatment facility...
2125 8th Avenue North
Billings MT 59101
Silver Leaf (Billings) located at 2125 8th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101, United States is a drug rehab center providing substance abuse treatment ...
2600 South Hampton Road
Philadelphia PA 19143
Self Help Movement Inc of Philadelphia, PA specializes in Substance Abuse Treatment Services with Short-term residential, Long-term residential treatm...
1506 Ronne Dr
Santa Rosa CA 95404
401 West Chicago Road
Jonesville MI 49250
Hope House in Jonesville, MI is a Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Hope House provides Substance abuse treatment, Transitional housing or halfway ...
2930 SW Wanamaker Drive
Topeka KS 66614
DCCCA Inc (Womens Recovery Center Topeka) located at 2930 SW Wanamaker Drive, Topeka, KS 66614, United States is a drug treatment facility providing s...
3700 Crystal Lane
Reno NV 89512
Step Two (Lighthouse of the Sierra) located at 3700 Crystal Lane, Reno, NV 89512, United States is an alcohol treatment program providing substance ab...
200 Breard St
Monroe LA 71201
Rays of Sonshine is a non-profit faith-based organization, licensed by the state to deliver intensive inpatient and transitional care for those who ar...
12736 South 300 East
Draper UT 84020
Located in Draper, UT, Sober Living Properties facilitates Outpatient treatment programs that specialize in Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. ...
800 South Park Avenue
Springfield MO 65802
Sigma House (Springfield) located at 800 South Park Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802, United States is an alcohol treatment program providing substance a...
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...
1425 Old Country Road
Plainview NY 11803
Mercy Medical Center (Mercy Recovery House) located at 1425 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803, United States is a drug rehab program providing sub...
West 222 South 3210 Racine Avenue
Waukesha WI 53189
Southeastern Youth/Family Services Inc (Noah House) located at West 222 South 3210 Racine Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53189, United States is a drug rehab pr...
98 Cumberland Street
Bangor ME 4401
Wellspring Inc (Mens Program) located at 98 Cumberland Street, Bangor, ME 04401, United States is an alcohol treatment program providing substance abu...
3262 Junction Hwy
Ingram TX 78025
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...
123 West Commerce
Altus OK 73521
Specialized programs and groups are conducted regularly focusing on Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV ...
1523 West 4th Street
Colby KS 67701
Thomas Cnty Alc/Drug Abuse Council Inc (Colby) located at 1523 West 4th Street, Colby, KS 67701, United States is an alcohol rehab center providing su...
8201 Sylvester Street
Detroit MI 48214
Heartline Inc (Lutheran Social Services of Michigan) located at 8201 Sylvester Street, Detroit, MI 48214, United States is a drug treatment center pro...
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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.