What is Sober Living?
There is more to the question, “What is sober living?” than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol. It involves a willingness to live one day at a time and saying yes to actively pursuing a purpose in life. Here at Casa Nuevo Vida, we know that sober living does not happen overnight. However, it becomes easier when you are in an environment that is supportive of your recovery. Casa Nuevo Vida recovery homes are warm, nurturing places–ideal for people who are looking to start or continue a sober life.
Maintaining Your Sobriety
Maintaining sobriety is not easy. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but it also requires the right environment for successful sobriety. When you’re in early recovery, it can be a struggle to maintain sobriety if you head straight back to the life you had before recovery.
This is where sober living houses come in. A sober living house is a great place for clients to begin their sober recovery process after they get out of rehab.
Having completed a stay in a rehabilitation center is an achievement. While there is reason to be proud, it is also the most difficult part of recovery. Transitioning from rehab to home can also be one of most difficult parts of the journey, because it means going back to familiar temptations.
A Safe Rehab Environment
During rehabilitation, patients are surrounded by people who share similar goals for sobriety. There are people to talk to, and support is always available. There are very few responsibilities so that clients can focus on their goal of being sober. A rehab environment fosters a completely sober life by surrounding clients with everything they need and protecting them from temptation and triggers.
However, this is not the case in the real world. Once treatment ends, it can be difficult to be out on your own without the support you’ve become accustomed to.
A Sober Living Home vs. a Rehab Center
A sober living home is not the same as a rehab center. Rehabilitation centers offer intensive programs that follow strict rules. A sober living home is an option for those who have just completed a stay in rehab and want to continue receiving sobriety support, those who are not comfortable with the idea of staying in a rehabilitation center or those who simply cannot afford the cost associated with rehab.
How Do Our Sober Living Homes Work?
A sober living home is a residence that offers former alcohol and drug users a place to start practicing their recovery skills. Sober living homes provide residential facilities that have absolutely no alcohol or drugs on the premises. This includes things like alcoholic mouthwash, aftershave, cold medicine, painkillers and vanilla extract. The goal is to completely remove all sources of temptation from the environment. This ensures that residents have the best chances of maintaining their sobriety.
Residents are regularly tested for drugs and alcohol. At Casa Nuevo Vida, we have a zero tolerance approach to drug or alcohol use. If a resident is found in possession of drugs or alcohol, or if they test positive for either, then they will be asked to leave immediately. The zero tolerance rule must be enforced to safeguard the sober environment of the other residents.
Here at Casa Nuevo Vida, our sober living residences are located in a quiet neighborhood. Our homes are subdivided into separate sleeping quarters with communal living environments. Living communally allows residents to take strength and support from one another as they progress toward an independent life of sobriety.
All residents have daily assigned chores to help them rebuild life skills and take on responsibility. In addition, all residents are expected to either work or be actively seeking employment.
Our sober living homes also provide counseling and group meetings to help support our residents in their quest to maintain sobriety. Residents are required to attend 12-step meetings. Failure to attend a meeting can be cause for dismissal. There are also other guidelines, such as keeping things clean and being home by curfew. Failure to maintain the house rules can result in punishments ranging from paying a fine to expulsion from the house.
A Range of Transitional Living Homes
If you are serious about lasting sobriety, allow us to show you how an encouraging environment and the support of others can help. Sober living is a process. With our recovery homes and treatment programs, you can immerse yourself in a positive and encouraging environment while developing skills that will be your keys to a new life.
While a majority of our transitional living residences are designed for people with lower incomes, we offer a wide range of sober living houses. Our upscale residences have the same guidelines as that of a traditional sober house, but they offer residents additional amenities like massage therapists, spas, pools, private chefs and hot tubs.
People generally live in our sober living residences for at least 90 days before they are ready to move out. Some people stay up to a year, but residents are not permitted to stay for more than a year. When residents are fully adjusted to a life of sobriety, they are most likely through the transitional living stage and are ready to move on to full independence.
Getting sober is a fantastic beginning. The real healing follows through our program at Casa Nuevo Vida. If you are ready for a life that is defined by complete emotional, mental, spiritual and physical healing, let Casa Nuevo Vida help you build a solid foundation for lasting recovery.