Sober Living & Transitional Housing

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Last Edited: September 22, 2020

Claudia Rose

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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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4103 Lac Couture Drive
Harvey LA 70058
Fundamentally focusing on Substance Abuse Treatment Services, they treat patients who need Substance abuse treatment, Transitional housing or halfway...
6743 Land O Lakes Boulevard
Land O Lakes FL 34639
Alpha Counseling Services (Land O Lakes) located at 6743 Land O Lakes Boulevard, Land O Lakes, FL 34639, United States is a drug treatment center prov...
7530 Lexington St
Forest Park IL 60130
The Path was founded in 2005. When you arrive at The Path, you are welcomed with open arms and open hearts. In an atmosphere of acceptance; the g...
121 Park Avenue South
Saint Cloud MN 56301
Passages (Saint Cloud) located at 121 Park Avenue South, Saint Cloud, MN 56301, United States is an alcohol rehab program providing substance abuse tr...
545 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles CA 90013
Union Rescue Mission (Christian Life Discipleship Program) located at 545 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States is an alcohol r...
5 G Street
Boston MA 2127
Middlesex Human Service Agency Inc (Answer House Recovery Home) located at 5 G Street, Boston, MA 02127, United States is an alcohol rehab center prov...
W Wildwood Ranch Pkwy
Joplin MO 64804
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 ...
155 S Morgan St
Shelbyville IL 62565
The Central East Alcoholism and Drug (CEAD) Council is a community based, not-for-profit corporation offering services to address chemical abuse, depe...
12 Fox Hollow Way
Andover Township NJ 07821
3821 West Wrightwood Street
Chicago IL 60647
A Safe Haven (3821 West Wrightwood Street) located at 3821 West Wrightwood Street, Chicago, IL 60647, United States is a drug rehab facility providing...
102 South Naches Avenue
Yakima WA 98901
Triumph Treatment Services Inc (Community Drug and Alcohol Center) located at 102 South Naches Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901, United States is a drug rehab...
1215 East 4th Street
Long Beach CA 90802
Serene Center of Long Beach (Long Beach) located at 1215 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802, United States is an alcohol treatment center providing...
365 East Street
Tewksbury MA 1876
Located in Tewksbury, MA, Sheehan Womens Program is a Substance Abuse Treatment Services providing Substance abuse treatment, Transitional housing or ...
435 Aspen Street
Woodland CA 95695
Cache Creek Lodge (Woodland) located at 435 Aspen Street, Woodland, CA 95695, United States is an alcohol rehab center providing substance abuse treat...
1000 Bank Street
New London CT 6320
SE Council on Alc and Drug Depend Inc ((SCADD)) located at 1000 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320, United States is an alcohol rehab program providing...
566 Market St
Elmwood Park NJ 07407
12517 W Avanti Dr
Boise ID 83713
Zero tolerance sober living for Men. Boise, Meridian, and Kuna, Idaho. Live in House Manager. We provide everything except for food and clothes. Apply...
10 Dysart Street
Quincy MA 2169
South Shore Recovery Home (Quincy) located at 10 Dysart Street, Quincy, MA 02169, United States is a drug rehab center providing substance abuse treat...
376 Dewitt Street
Buffalo NY 14213
Cazenovia Recovery Systems Inc (New Beginnings Community Residence) located at 376 Dewitt Street, Buffalo, NY 14213, United States is a drug treatment...
1006 East 151st Street
Bronx NY 10455
United Bronx Parents Inc UBP (La Casita 3) located at 1006 East 151st Street, Bronx, NY 10455, United States is an alcohol rehab center providing sub...

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.