9 Things you Might Not Realize about Sober Housing
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According to the National Library of Medicine, sober houses are a valuable living arrangement for those newly sober. It provides people a transitional period so that they can get used to living without drugs or alcohol. Most of the sober houses have very strict rules but there are some surprising facts about sober housing that you might not realize.
1. Sober Housing has Different Levels
There are different levels of sober housing, the first being a dormitory closely monitored style, all the way to sober living communities. The different degrees depend on how much help you need with your life skills and remaining sober.
2. There are Sober Apartments
Sober apartments are apartment complexes dedicated to those who choose to remain sober. Many of these rentals go to those who have done well in the program and choose to continue to live in a community based off sobriety and sober living.
3. Sober Living Does Not Have to be Boring
Sober living does not have to be sitting inside the sober house all the time. Very often, there are activities, outings, and other amusements that all involve remaining sober. Many of these activities are planned around resident’s treatment schedules and other activities. Some of them are done as a group while others are more independent.
4. You are Not Confined to the House
Many sober houses allow you to come and go as you please as long as you are back at a certain time of day. These houses are for recovery and not imprisonment. Many do however have rules about coming and going.
5. The Staff is there to Help
Most residences have a staff member on at all times. They help with the running of the house and act as counselors and intermediaries. The staff also often acts as group and activity leaders for the residents. They teach livings skills and classes as well.
6. Most Sober Houses have Exercise and Nutritional Classes
Most of the more modern sober houses have exercise and nutrition programs to promote healthy living. Most drug addicts and alcoholics are malnourished for extended periods. Helping them live healthy lives is an excellent way to help them into a more healthy way of living.
7. Sober Living Helps you Learn to Live with Sobriety
Life changes drastically when you stop using drugs or alcohol. Most people find themselves in shock by this change and easily lured back into the habits. Sober living helps you learn how to live sober.
8. Living Conditions are Often Pleasant in a Sober House
Many people have a picture of rundown buildings and dormitories when they think of sober houses. In reality many sober houses are in nice neighborhoods and surrounded by pleasant areas.