There are many reasons to enter into a sober living environment after leaving an addiction treatment facility. Some individuals choose this option because they fear being on their own in the early stages of recovery. Recovery is filled with a unique set of challenges, especially early on. You may struggle to cope with triggers and cravings while trying to create an environment conducive to recovery. Sober living offers extra assistance, but it is not for everyone, as there are different paths to follow after completing treatment.
You may consider sober living if your home or work environment is toxic or potentially triggering. The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center can offer sober living. We can also help you find local resources to utilize post-treatment. Your recovery journey doesn’t end when you leave our treatment center, and neither does The Ohana’s support.
What Is Sober Living?
Before discussing its pros and cons, let’s define sober living. Simply put by a J Psychoactive Drugs article, sober living houses are "Alcohol and drug-free living environments for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs.” Early recovery comes with many obstacles. A “destructive living environment,” or a “lack of stable, alcohol and drug-free living environment,” as J Psychoactive puts it, deters the recovery process. Abstaining from substances requires a substance-free environment, which sober living provides.
A sober living home is sometimes referred to as a halfway house or recovery home, which helps people in early recovery. Sober living helps bridge the transition from inpatient treatment to your return to everyday life and will address any concerns you have about integrating back into your home and work environment. Utilizing this option can be the difference between a successful recovery or returning to old habits.
Pros and Cons of Sober Living
Now that we’ve defined sober living, let’s discuss some of its benefits. Sober living primarily functions to reduce the risk of relapse. Post-treatment requires clients to return to their everyday lives, which often comes with challenges. You’ll connect with peers and have continued support. Whether you are experiencing intense cravings in the middle of the night or struggling to cope with co-occurring symptoms, sober living offers 24/7 support to help you through any crisis as it comes, whenever it comes. This support will keep you accountable as well.
The cons of sober living may depend on the person. For example, some sober living homes may come with rigid rules. Although these rules come with good intentions, some individuals may not be receptive to them. People recovering from substance abuse should be cautious in their journey post-treatment, but they also need the freedom to make decisions about their recovery. It is also important to consider the affordability of sober living and find an environment that suits your needs and budget. Despite the many factors to take into consideration, at the end of the day, you must make a decision that is best for your recovery.
Sober Living at The Ohana
At The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center, we have partnered with Kaloko Gardens to provide clients with a safe and luxurious substance-free environment. Through this partnership, we can help remove clients from any potentially destructive situations that may hinder their recovery. In combination with our outpatient treatment, clients become empowered to dive deeper into working on their path to recovery.
The right environment is essential to a successful recovery. That means avoiding destructive temptations such as alcohol and drugs. Sober living may be perfect for you, especially if your environment before entering treatment was full of substance use. We emphasize that no treatment occurs at Kaloko Garden’s Sober Living. It simply provides a safe space to focus on sobriety. This option also offers the chance to expand your sober community, and you’ll be able to form healthy relationships with others in recovery.
That’s not to mention the amenities offered. Kaloko Garden’s facility includes a rain-fed pool, jacuzzi, outdoor rain shower, firepit, and more. During your stay, you may begin to feel like you're on vacation. Recovery is a lot of work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a little luxurious.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and need help, reach out to The Ohana today. In addition to our sober living option, we focus on continuing to support our clients post-treatment. That includes those returning to their homes post-treatment. Depending on the environment they are returning to, those clients may need a little extra support. That includes checking in and helping you find local resources to utilize in your area. The path to recovery can start sooner than you think. Reach out to The Ohana by calling or emailing us today.