Sober Living Program

Sober living facilities provide a bridge for clients moving from residential care and returning home. While they do not have the 24-hour supervision and care of full-time residential facilities, they can provide clients with the security and support needed during their transition back to their lives after treatment, especially for those who may live alone or whose home life contributed to circumstances leading up to their addiction.

What Makes a Facility a Sober Living One?

There are many different kinds of sober living houses available. The main connection is that they provide a safe and sober environment for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Some will have house managers, social workers, psychiatrists, or other recovery professionals staffing the homes around the clock, while others might only have limited supervision, i.e., just at night or during specific hours during the day. Many sober living facilities are associated with intensive outpatient programs of other addiction recovery programs.

PaxHouse_SoberLivingProg _ManDoingLaundry Every facility will have its own rules, but the main guidelines for living in a sober living home are that there are no drugs, alcohol, violence or overnight guests. Additionally, there will often be random drug and alcohol tests. Most facilities require some sort of participation in a recovery program, whether support groups or an outpatient program.

Residents are also typically required to participate in something during the day, whether school, work, or an outpatient program. They also will need to pay rent on time and otherwise contribute to the care of the facilities. Living in a sober living facility teaches recovering addicts how to live once again in the real world.

Every facility will have its own rules, but the main guidelines for living in a sober living home are that there are no drugs, alcohol, violence or overnight guests. Additionally, there will often be random drug and alcohol tests. Most facilities require some sort of participation in a recovery program, whether support groups or an outpatient program. Residents are also typically required to participate in something during the day, whether school, work, or an outpatient program. They also will need to pay rent on time and otherwise contribute to the care of the facilities. Living in a sober living facility teaches recovering addicts how to live once again in the real world.

Living in a sober living facility teaches recovering addicts how to live once again in the real world.

The Benefits of a Sober Living Home

Studies have shown that recovering addicts who utilize sober living facilities have a better chance at a sustaining recovery, especially when it is in conjunction with further recovery support, whether a 12-step program, outpatient program or aftercare program. During early recovery, it can be difficult to face the stresses of home life, especially after having been in a residential program. Returning home straight away can put an addict right back into the destructive behavior patterns that led to the addiction in the first place. A sober living facility provides the support for an addict to remain sober and begin to practice the new-found skills and techniques he or she learned in treatment. In the company of other residents, the recovering addict has a safe place to discuss what is going on, and members of the community often hold one another accountable as well. This makes it an ideal transition between a residential facility and returning home, although it is not necessary to have been in residential treatment to live in one of our sober living facilities.

Returning home straight away can put an addict right back into the destructive behavior patterns that led to the addiction in the first place. A sober living facility provides the support for an addict to remain sober and begin to practice the new-found skills and techniques he or she learned in treatment. In the company of other residents, the recovering addict has a safe place to discuss what is going on, and members of the community often hold one another accountable as well. This makes it an ideal transition between a residential facility and returning home, although it is not necessary to have been in residential treatment to live in one of our sober living facilities.

What is the Pasadena Sober Living at Pax House Like?

At Pax House, we have dedicated facilities for sober living minutes from Pasadena, CA. These facilities have the same home-like atmosphere and comfortable environment as our residential facilities. Residents can enjoy the quiet serenity of Altadena, California with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background.

There is some supervision, but clients have more freedom than they do in our residential program. We require our sober living residents to continue their treatment, either through our outpatient program, aftercare program or by attending 12-step meetings. Clients in our residential program are welcome to transition to our sober living facilities before they head home.

Additionally, many of our outpatient clients choose to live in sober living facilities for additional support during their early recovery. However, it is not required to have been in our residential program in order to live in our sober living facilities. The main guideline is that no alcohol or drugs of any kind are allowed in the facility. Random drug or alcohol tests will be performed, as well as searches of the property, to ensure adherence to requirements for residency.  

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