February 3, 2023

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Challenges You May Face at a Men’s Sober Living Home

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For men in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, finding a stable & sober environment in which to live can be challenging at best. Often times, lack of a stable sober living environment can lean even the strongest men in recovery to relapse. Unfortunately, even in a men’s sober living home, many challenges are likely to be faced along the way too.

Most of the major challenges that are faced while in sober living revolve around the rules and continued need for treatment that comes with making the transition from inpatient or residential care to outside living. There are social problems, there may be an inadequate amount of time available to actually remain living in the sober house and there could be troubles arising as a result of a desire to move on and no longer take an active role in counseling and therapy.

Inadequate Time in Sober Housing

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Getting along with your house-mates may be a challenge initially.

One of the first challenges that is faced in men’s sober living is the lack of time that may be available to spend in the sober environment. Often times, “there is typically a limit on how long residents can stay. After some period of time, usually several months, residents are required to move out whether or not they feel ready for independent living,” according to the National Library of Medicine. The lack of adequate time in a sober living environment can contribute to a greater chance of relapse or other problems in recovery for men.

Social Troubles

There are a number of rules and regulations that must be adhered to while in sober living, and for the most part these are all generally accepted by residents and easy to follow. Unfortunately, social insecurities and troubles may arise in a mens sober house as a result of differences in beliefs, attitudes and goals. Men can become irritated or otherwise unhappy with their roommates or with others in the home and this can make remaining sober and comfortably living in the sober house challenging.

Avoiding Treatment

Most sober houses require that men continue to take active roles in treatment by receiving continued counseling or therapy. Often times, as men transition into sober living and begin to become more comfortable with their surroundings and their new found lifestyle of sobriety they no longer feel like they need (or want) to attend counseling and therapy sessions. Avoiding treatment poses a significant challenge in sober living because it’s an unacceptable action that can lead the man to being removed from the sober house and no longer allowed to live in the facility.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) could be forwarded to SAMHSA or a verified treatment provider. Calls are routed based on availability and geographic location.

The SoberHouse.com helpline is free, private, and confidential. There is no obligation to enter treatment. In some cases, SoberHouse.com could charge a small cost per call, to a licensed treatment center, a paid advertiser, this allows SoberHouse.com to offer free resources and information to those in need. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses.

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