Sober Living Homes in Los Angeles and Malibu, California
Oro House provides our clients with access to Sober Living Homes in Los Angeles and Malibu, California to continue the recovery work done during treatment for those who want it or need it.
Substance detox and addiction treatment programs are the most important first steps to addiction recovery. But many people need additional help after completing those phases.
Sober living offers a safe, social, and structured transitional living environment to focus on continued healing while learning to thrive in the next stage of life.
Studies have shown that social and environmental factors play an important role in the success of addiction recovery, according to the National Institutes of Health. A living environment that is free from drugs or alcohol is one of the best ways to remain sober and prevent relapse.
Another study based on Project MATCH conducted by Zywiak, Longabaugh, and Wirtz found that sober people with a positive social support system in recovery increased the chances of success in their own recovery.
It’s no surprise that many users in recovery relapse after being offered drugs or alcohol by their peers. So staying in a sober living environment with others who are also sober offers the stability and security to reinforce recovery.
The ‘60s and ‘70s saw the beginning of residential treatment programs that offered addicts a safe, sober living place where they could complete treatment away from the harmful living environment that contributed to their substance use.
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The Rise of the Halfway House and Sober Living Facility
In the early days, a Halfway House was a place intended for people released from a mental health facility or prison to stay at while they transitioned back into society.
Eventually, sober halfway houses were created to take things a step further.
Unfortunately, halfway houses were often underfunded by the government and they only allowed people to stay for a few months. People staying there were also subject to relapse when others brought drugs into the house. This often led to losing funding, which caused some of the bad ones to be shut down.
Some people would leave a halfway house when their time was up and turned to sober living homes for continuation of care.
Halfway Houses vs. Sober Living Facilities
Halfway houses and sober living facilities are similar in that they both give their residents a safe place to live where they can be protected from being tempted to use drugs or alcohol.
Halfway houses are usually owned or operated by the government and considered a state-run facility. These are often a transitional living place for people recently in recovery to stay away from drugs or alcohol while they adjust to starting new employment, making sober friends, and becoming part of a community.
Sober living homes are not operated with government funding so they have different regulations than a halfway house. People staying in sober living facilities support each other in recovery to stay sober and free from drugs or alcohol.
Basic Structure of Sober Living Homes
Sober living homes have a different structure than halfway houses and aren’t at risk of losing government funding.
People in sober living aren’t limited to staying only a few months like with halfway houses.
Many don’t offer treatment services at the home so they require residents to attend regular meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, or outpatient services at a nearby treatment center.
Residents must adhere to the living arrangements that include not using any alcohol or drugs and possibly doing chores and attending house meetings.
Just like a traditional rental property with roommates, residents pay rent and utilities as long as they live at the home.
Benefits of a Sober Living Facility For Recovery
A sober living facility can be an excellent transitional environment for those who complete a residential inpatient program and need a safe and structured place to live while they continue working on recovery.
It can work as an extension or supplement to inpatient treatment where temptation is minimized in a substance-free setting with others who all share the same goal.
Sober living residents learn how to create healthy boundaries to stay away from those who might threaten their sobriety and build positive relationships with other people in recovery to decrease the chances of a relapse.
Residents collectively learn other techniques to identify and overcome triggers to further prevent relapse.
Many sober living homes are well connected in the community and can be a valuable resource for finding employment and providing transportation to and from work each day.
Possible Drawbacks of Sober Living Homes
Sober living homes aren’t licensed by state or government agencies because they are not considered treatment programs. The residents, and possibly a house manager, must enforce each other to maintain a sense of order and make sure nobody relapses or affects the behavior of others living there.
It can be difficult for everyone to remain sober under ideal conditions, but if one person brings drugs or alcohol into the home, others may soon follow and risk everyone’s sobriety and recovery. If those people aren’t asked to leave, the living situation can fall apart and become a “flop house.”
A flop house is considered a safe place for addicts to use drugs and when they become overrun by others using drugs and alcohol, it makes it impossible for anyone to work on recovery and remain sober.
When choosing a sober living home, it’s recommended to take a tour, meet with the residents, and ask about the house rules, daily structure, check-in procedures, and requirements for attending group sessions.
Rules can be a good thing, especially for anyone that truly wants to work on his or her recovery. Knowing this information before moving in will be helpful for choosing the best fit and creating a good sense of community within the home.
How Much Does a Sober Living Home Cost?
Like any rental home or apartment, the cost of a sober living home will vary based on the quality of the home, the number of residents or roommates, and where it is located.
Rent is paid each month and utilities are often included in the monthly amount to make it easier to budget.
The cost is often similar to other traditional places in the area, although it is much cheaper than a residential treatment facility because residents aren’t paying for medical services, therapists, and other amenities
Transitioning to Sober Living Homes in Los Angeles
After completing detox and our inpatient treatment program, many people are eager to go back home to family and friends. But some people may need more time to work on recovery instead of falling back into old habits and routines that could lead to a relapse.
It’s extremely important to be serious about recovery, and transitioning to a sober living home might be the best option for some of our clients. This offers an ideal environment for a fresh start where they can contribute to a recovery community of like-minded individuals.
Sober living is a great way to establish a firm foundation that builds on a new sober life.
At Oro House, our personalized addiction treatment programs are an essential beginning to the path of recovery.
For clients interested in sober living after they complete treatment, we offer an easy transition to our sober living community that is made up of five beautiful residences in the Los Angeles area that are managed and maintained by Oro House.
Taking advantage of Oro House sober living provides our clients with continuity of care, a seamless transition, and they remain a part of our family community. This reduces the stress and anxiety of moving to an unfamiliar environment and improves treatment outcomes.