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 reviewd and certified 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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1015 N Sierra St
Reno NV 89503
Step 1 provides supportive transitional housing to low or no income, adult men in northern Nevada. These men, who often become homeless as a result of...
702 East Villanow Street
La Fayette GA 30728
La Fayette, GA's Penfield Christian Homes Inc is a Long-term residential treatment center with a principle focus on a Substance Abuse Treatment Servic...
272 County Farm Road
Dover NH 3820
Southeastern New Hampshire Services (Outpatient Services) located at 272 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820, United States is a drug treatment facility...
204 South Osage Street
Wichita KS 67213
Kings Alcohol and Drug Treatment Ctr (The Light House) located at 204 South Osage Street, Wichita, KS 67213, United States is an alcohol treatment cen...
1610 West University Street
Lafayette LA 70506
Saint Francis Foundation Inc (Lafayette) located at 1610 West University Street, Lafayette, LA 70506, United States is an alcohol treatment program pr...
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...
202 North Patterson Street
Madison WI 53703
ARC Community Services Inc (ARC House) located at 202 North Patterson Street, Madison, WI 53703, United States is an alcohol rehab program providing s...
1000 NW 15th Street
Boca Raton FL 33486
Watershed Addiction Treatment (Programs Inc) located at 1000 NW 15th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33486, United States is a drug treatment center providing ...
890 Madison Avenue
Albany NY 12208
In Albany, NY, Hope House Women/Childrens Prog CR segments their treatment services based on Substance Abuse Treatment Services within a Long-term res...
199 North Main Street
Washington PA 15301
Abstinent Living at the Turning Point (Washington) located at 199 North Main Street, Washington, PA 15301, United States is an alcohol rehab program p...
527 South High Street
Columbus OH 43215
Amethyst Inc (Columbus) located at 527 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215, United States is a drug rehab center providing substance abuse treatment...
4745 Statesmen Dr
Indianapolis IN 46250
Indianapolis’s top drug rehab clinic, Addiction Rehab Centers has opened a brand new, luxurious and lavish addiction treatment facility in Indi...
5217 South 28th
Omaha NE 68107
Stephen Center Inc (Omaha) located at 5217 South 28th, Omaha, NE 68107, United States is an alcohol treatment program providing substance abuse treatm...
1525 Fullilove Drive
Bossier City LA 71112
Cavanaugh Treatment Center (Bossier City) located at 1525 Fullilove Drive, Bossier City, LA 71112, United States is an alcohol rehab center providing ...
2221 West 64th Street
Woodridge IL 60517
Woodridge Interventions (All Alc Substance Abuse Progs on Site) located at 2221 West 64th Street, Woodridge, IL 60517, United States is an alcohol tre...
445 Ledyard Street
Detroit MI 48201
Mariners Inn (Detroit) located at 445 Ledyard Street, Detroit, MI 48201, United States is an alcohol treatment center providing substance abuse treatm...
362 Sunset Road
Skillman NJ 8558
In Skillman, NJ, Daytop Village of NJ at segments their treatment services based on Substance Abuse Treatment Services within a Long-term residential....
3302 East Moore Street
Searcy AR 72143
Preferred Family Healthcare Inc provides Substance abuse treatment, Transitional housing or halfway house in Long-term residential settings. State f...
3104 Ivy Avenue SW
Huntsville AL 35805
Pathfinder Inc (Huntsville) located at 3104 Ivy Avenue SW, Huntsville, AL 35805, United States is a drug rehab facility providing substance abuse trea...
1121 East McNichols
Highland Park MI 48203
Detroit Recovery Project Inc provides Outpatient treatment in Highland Park, MI specializing in Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Exclusive 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.