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What Is A Sober Living Home?

What Is A Sober Living Home?

What Is A Sober Living Home

A lot of research has been done on the efficacy of sober living homes, primarily because of the environmental factors that separate them from typical neighborhoods. Sober living homes are defined as facilities used by those recovering from substance abuse that serve as “an interim environment between rehab and mainstream society”. Sober living homes aren’t just for anyone – they’re typically for those who have completed a residential treatment program for a period of time and are ready to start transitioning into independent living. Sober living homes provide more support than a person would receive by returning home, because those in recovery are surrounded by other people who want to reach sobriety goals, too.

There are many ways in which sober living homes can benefit multiple areas of a person’s life, and we’ll explore several of them:

Employment is Fostered

A 2019 study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment sought to identify the characteristics of sober living homes and how they impact certain areas of individuals’ lives. After looking at 330 residents in 49 sober living homes, researchers found that this type of setting actually increased odds of employment – and this was found after having conducted interviews 6 and 12 months after initially speaking with participants. Why might this be? Sober living environments remind residents of their goals, and, because structure is still there (such as a substance-free living environment, 12-Step support groups, house rules such as paying rent and completing household chores and more) those in recovery are more likely to feel confident in applying and interviewing for positions.

Social Support is Provided

Peer support, as well as participation in recovery services while in a sober living home, can greatly improve a person’s outlook on their life. In 2016, researchers from New Hampshire assessed 28 female residents and found a number of social components that boosted their recovery:

  • Support – family, love and consistency amongst those in the sober living environment helps people in recovery feel part of a larger community
  • Education – services provided help many in sober living homes gain access to information that could be applied to their everyday lives
  • Empowerment – food, clothing and housing are basic needs for some in addiction recovery, and this help – paired with people who believe in them – can have significant effects on their growth potential
  • Directions – 12-Step programs, therapy and other recovery-related activities provide guidance for those trying to make their way back into mainstream society. It’s a long, difficult journey, but it’s well worth the effort

Sobriety is Reinforced

One of the most common fears of those returning home from rehabilitation is becoming triggered and ultimately relapsing. Relapse is possible no matter who you are or how long you’ve been in recovery, but the environment you live in can become more influential than a person realizes. A 2015 study published in the journal Substance Abuse Rehabilitation assessed those in a sober living community for over 18 months; they found that having support peers enhances a person’s chances of sobriety because they’re more likely to feel understood, to recognize the vulnerability in others, to identify with recovery paths that other people are taking, to receiving confrontation in a loving way, and to hold each other accountable. There’s no doubt that social support is one of the strongest factors of motivation – and when someone is surrounded by people who work to uplift one another, the results can be truly transformative.

A Community of Empowerment

Sober living homes provide truly unique settings for those in addiction recovery to thrive. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) highlights that for those who aren’t quite ready to return home yet, sober living homes provide the time, space and support for people to become more confident in their sobriety. Lori Criss, Associate Director of the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers, told SAMHSA in 2016,

“Who we spend our time with, where we go, and the things we surround ourselves with all impact who we are and the decisions we make…Recovery housing can [fill the pain and isolation often felt in recovery] with a safe place, compassionate people, and a life full of purpose and fun that doesn’t involve alcohol or drugs.”

12-Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) further strengthen opportunities for those in recovery to build strong support systems while also continuing to follow a structure that will aid in the mental, physical and spiritual health. If you believe you may be ready to transition to a sober living home, please call Cumberland Heights today. There are many tools, people and resources that can aid in your recovery and make it easier for you to transition to more independent living – it’s right around the corner.

Real Patient Testimonials

Footprints has offered my son a safe place to live while he navigates his sobriety journey. Mitchell has done an excellent job of recognizing red flags residents and often helps them seek additional services and treatment.
Crystol J.
Parent of Alumni
Footprints gave me the opportunity to change and help with addiction, The staff and management is some of the best there is I would recommend this to anyone looking a better way to live
Nick P.
Alumni
Great sober living with excellent staff. Footprints granted me numerous opportunities to better my life and relationships. Mitchell, Adam and Merlin were always there for me and aided me back to life.
Michael W.
Alumni
Aaron Hice
Aaron Hice
03:57 23 Jan 21
I've seen miracles happen at this place. The brother hood and family atmosphere is something most of these men have... never experienced. Every one of the bad reviews are from people that couldn't follow the rules and regulations and where ask to leave.read more
Crystol Jones
Crystol Jones
00:48 20 Jan 21
Footprints has offered my son a safe place to live while he navigates his sobriety journey. Mitchell has done an... excellent job of recognizing red flags residents exhibit and often helps them seek addition services and treatment when necessary. My son considers his roommates family and loves the support the Footprints community offers. Grateful for each day my son is sober and for the support he receives from Mitchell and the entire community.read more
Michael Woodard
Michael Woodard
02:28 19 Jan 21
Great sober living with excellent staff. Footprints granted me numerous opportunities to better my life and... relationships. Mitchell, Adam and Merlin were always there for me and aided me back to life.read more
Scott Pleasants
Scott Pleasants
19:09 18 Jan 21
Our son has been at Footprints for about 3 months. It has been a good experience for him, and our family. After being... at a couple of other sober living houses, this one has been the best fit. The owner, Mitchell Cobb has spent a lot of time with our son. He’s driven him places, and even helped him buy and ship Christmas gifts. Our son feels very strongly that Mitch truly cares, and spends a lot of time checking on the guys.read more
Steven “Sauce” Clark
Steven “Sauce” Clark
03:54 18 Jan 21
I hate that the lowest rating still gives a star! This is the most crooked halfway house I've ever experienced. The... owner rides clients to pay rent even before its due! The staff smokes CBD with clients knowing its something that isn't allowed and depending on your friendship with them they allow using! I don't understand how this place is still operational. Maybe the fact of paid Google reviews to help get clients has something to do with it. Please save yourself or your family and run elsewhereread more
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