Completing residential treatment is an exciting stage in recovery, but it also comes with a new set of challenges. Returning to independent life brings pressures and stressors that were kept at bay within the safety and structure of full-time treatment. Historically, the transition out of inpatient care proves difficult for many individuals — the chances of relapse are statistically highest within the first year after achieving sobriety. This is particularly true for men and women who do not have a stable, sober home environment to return to upon discharge from a residential facility. For these individuals, sober living offers a safe landing place and ongoing support, both key factors in preventing relapse during this vulnerable time.
At The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, we are deeply committed to ensuring that our clients have the tools and support they need to stay sober and healthy for life. We provide a comprehensive continuum of care to support our clients at every stage of recovery, including sober living. Our sober living program offers those new to recovery a safe and supportive place to live while they adjust to independence and a sober lifestyle. Learn more about sober living at The Arbor: call us at 844-413-2690 today to speak with our welcoming and knowledgeable staff.
Who Is Sober Living For?
Sober living is a flexible level of care with several benefits, even for people with very different needs. The main goal of sober living is simply to offer a comfortable, safe and structured living environment that ensures individuals in recovery have a sober space to come home to at the end of every day. When life becomes stressful or overwhelming, it’s essential to have a supportive and substance-free place to decompress and be around others who can empathize. If an individual is preparing to leave residential treatment, particularly if they do not have family or loved ones who are ready and able to provide a sober environment, sober living is an ideal next step.
Men and women who reside in sober living houses have the freedom to attend work or school, visit with friends or family members and engage in other external activities or hobbies, with minimal restrictions like attending regular house meetings, participating in 12-step groups and adhering to basic house rules (e.g., curfews or chores). It therefore offers people with different lifestyles the flexibility to participate in a variety of independent activities, making it an available option for many different types of people.
What Makes Sober Living Different?
Sober living is unlike any other level of care — it is a unique blend of comfort, community and freedom that combines essential aspects of residential treatment with the flexibility to lead an independent life. It provides an ideal transitional step for men and women who are ready to put their new skills into practice, but who also need added support from peers and are seeking a dedicated recovery community.
At The Arbor, the residents of our sober living homes can ease into a healthy lifestyle while experiencing real life responsibilities and social norms, and gaining valuable work and living skills. At the same time, life in sober living keeps distractions to a minimum, ensuring that residents stay focused on their path towards sober, independent living. Participants reinforce the lessons and habits learned in residential treatment. A sense of community is formed, creating a personal network of peer support.
A dedicated and well-connected sober living experience can make all the difference in an individual’s recovery by providing a much-needed stepping stone between treatment and independence. Research done by the National Institute of Health has found that individuals who live in a sober living home have better long-term outcomes than those of people who don’t have access to an environment that supports a sustained recovery. As a recovery center dedicated to the lifelong sobriety of each of our clients, The Arbor is proud to provide this essential and effective level of care.
Life in an Arbor Sober Living Home
The Arbor’s sober living program is open to those who have completed a primary treatment program and have at least 30 days of sobriety. Our sober living homes are gender-specific, providing completely separate accommodations for men and women. Our residences are comfortable and luxurious, fully-furnished with spacious bedrooms, comfortable common areas, modern decor and updated amenities. The Abor’s sober living homes are conveniently located in the Austin, Texas, area and afford access to other essential recovery services that are offered at our other facilities.
Each of our sober living homes has a live-in house manager who provides nightly check-ins for accountability. Additionally, every resident will have a personal Recovery Advocate. Residents meet with their Recovery Advocate to set goals, assess progress and develop life skills. Residents will develop a personalized care plan with their Recovery Advocate to aid in the process of recovery.
Clients participate in a weekly house meeting to check in with each other, the house manager and the Recovery Advocate. On-demand and random toxicology screening are conducted to ensure the safety of all residents. Residents also participate in activities outside of the house that support recovery including sober activities, off-site 12-step programs and employment. All residents participate in weekly meetings with The Arbor Alumni.
Our sober living homes also have clinical support. House managers and Recovery Advocates meet regularly with The Arbor clinical staff, including the Clinical Director, to discuss each person’s progress and plan for success. When a client is struggling or needs help, clinical intervention is offered to ensure individual success. The Arbor’s sober living program is overseen by the same exceptional executive and clinical team as our inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs. Our staff is a key factor that differentiates our program from other sober living in Austin. Continuity of care is supported throughout recovery.
Learn More About Sober Living at The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare
The Arbor sober living model encourages individuals to develop personal motivation and independence. The development of peer support systems, 12-step participation and obtaining a home group, service commitment and sponsor further support individuals on their path to permanent sobriety. Contact us today to learn more about sober living or any of the other recovery programs we provide
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