Sober Living Homes (aka “Recovery Homes”) are becoming more common around the country and you may even have some in your community. So, what are Sober Living Homes and why are they becoming so prevalent?
There Are Two Types of Recovery Homes
Primary Recovery Homes
Primary recovery homes are for people who are in the early stages of their recovery. They help to establish healthy habits that lay the foundation for new behaviors and approaches to one’s day-to-day lifestyle. This isn’t the same as inpatient addiction treatment, which is a bit more institutionalized, but does offer 24/7 support to help through the first 3-4 months of recovery.
Independent Living Recovery Homes
Transitioning to a more autonomous lifestyle and preparing to re-enter a mainstream living environment is the focus of independent living recovery homes. Here you still have the sober living home expectations and resources, but you have more freedom to come and go and re-establish yourself in post-treatment life.
Do Sober Living Homes Work?
Living in a sober home reinforces one’s developing skills in abstaining from drugs and alcohol, assisting in the reinforcement of healthy choices on an ongoing, daily basis.
“I honestly can’t exaggerate how important I believe the house was in my recovery – the friendships, support, and structure were all critical in rediscovering life without substances.” – Jeff P.
Living in an Aquila Recovery Home
What do you need to know about Aquila Recovery Homes?
- Maintains an alcohol and drug free living environment for individuals who are currently under the care of Aquila Recovery clinical staff
- Requires ongoing participation in individual and group therapy sessions that are specifically identified to meet the needs of each resident’s unique situation
- Complying with all House Standards including: maintaining abstinence, attending weekly house meetings, foster healthy relationships with housemates, and doing light household chores
- Actively engaged in the community for 20+ hours a week; working, volunteering, attending school and/or finding new employment
- Nurturing a support system outside of Aquila’s environment so that one has an extensive environment firmly established and available when ready to move out of your Aquila Recovery Home and move on into one’s long term recovery lifestyle