Pathways Real Life Recovery understands that the path to living sober is challenging and that is why our homes provide strong support and encouragement to aid in continued recovery. Based near Salt Lake City, our addiction treatment programs strengthen and empower those who come to our Utah rehab facility on their quest for sobriety. Sober living homes provide freedom to resume normal activities such as work or school, while at the same time, being a supportive place to transition back to their normal homes and make sober friends with other residents.
Our sober living housing not only provides freedom from the chaos of drug use, but they also have strong support systems in place that encourage continued recovery.
What Is Sober Living?
Sober living housing is an intermediate environment between rehab and living independently where residents maintain abstinence from drugs or alcohol. These places used to be referred to as halfway houses and operate as co-living spaces where residents live with others on the same recovery journey, meaning that there is someone to share meals, someone to talk to, someone to go to meetings with, and this can be a real make-or-break factor to staying sober. Those in a sober living house have already completed a drug or alcohol treatment program and detox; it is a form of ongoing support. Sober living homes can also help clients create a new healthy routine outside the strict regiment of inpatient care.
Sober recovery clients pay rent and contribute to housework. Residents may be required to maintain a job, go to school, perform volunteer work, or develop new sober hobbies. Residents will observe curfews and participate in random breathalyzer and drug tests three times weekly. When entering our sober living houses, clients agree to follow certain rules and acknowledge there are consequences for not following rules. A case manager works closely with each client to track their progress on a variety of goals.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sober Living Options
The cost of housing in a sober living home depends on its location and the extent of its program structure, amenities, and other benefits offered. For example, a sober living home might provide groceries, transportation to group meetings, employment assistance, etc. Some sober living homes may cost less overall than living in regular housing because the rent is often split with multiple other people.
Different sober living homes have different rules about jobs and vehicles for residents. At sober living homes, residents are encouraged to go back to work when they’re ready. Some even provide resume services and other kinds of employment support.
Keep in mind that since people come to sober living homes at various stages of sobriety, sometimes sober living homes may require waiting an amount of time before returning to work.
A sober living home provides people with a safe environment for the transition from inpatient rehab back to the real world. The stability offered in sober living homes allows people a comfortable pace for building on what they learn in the inpatient treatment program.
Additionally, some sober living homes provide important benefits like employment support programs, mentoring, transportation to group meetings, and money management services, among others that can increase your likelihood of sustained recovery.
Transitioning back to independent life through a sober living home can help you stay sober after leaving inpatient treatment. It provides a safe and simply structured living environment that prepares you for a smooth transition back into the real world. In a sober living home, you’ll have social support, living among people with similar challenges and goals.
Some important benefits for residents of sober living homes can include:
- A strong social support system
- Continuous support and guidance
- Employment help
- Life skills development
- An easier transition to independent living
- A trigger-free environment to strengthen recovery
- Time to work on your important relationships
- Reduced risk of relapse
The majority of good inpatient rehab centers offer placement in sober living homes following completion of their program. They may also provide the necessary resources for making the transition into a local sober living home for you.
Rehab facilities can often provide contact numbers or possibly even transportation to visit sober living homes before you finish your inpatient treatment. You’ll be asked for information that helps them prepare for meeting your specific needs.
Sober living homes typically also have a website with information about their programs and how to become a new resident.
Some residents in sober living homes choose to stay for just a few months, while others decide to stay a year or more. Research shows that people who stay involved in a formally structured recovery program longer are more likely to avoid relapse over the long term.
Staying in a sober living home longer gives people more time to build a quality of sober life and support systems that they won’t want to give up by leaving prematurely.
Having more time to focus on a new career or academic goals enables people to stand on their own securely when they return to independent living.
Yes, random drug testing is normally a part of residency in the best sober living homes. The purpose is to ensure safety and a sober environment for you and everyone else living in the sober home.
Residents are encouraged to leave the sober living home after they have developed a good foundation for sustaining sobriety long-term. For example, staying in a sober living home longer allows you to focus on doing well in a new job, strengthen your social support system, and other essential resources you need for a successful and happy future.
Of course, you are free to leave your sober living home any time you wish. It’s just recommended that you establish yourself for the future as well as possible before you do.
How Does the Addiction Treatment Process Begin?
Pathways works with the person suffering from addiction, as well as their family and support network. When you contact us, we set up an appointment at a convenient time to discuss the challenges that a loved one faces. We offer free initial assessments that allow us to explore the best way to confront the addictions to get them on a track to living sober once again. These initial conversations are important because our team knows that a "one-size fits all" approach never works. By understanding the types of addictions and the other situations in a person’s life, we can develop a personalized treatment program that best serves them.
Contact Pathways to Begin the Sober Recovery Process in Utah
Our solution-based approach is recognized by most insurance companies. Although we cannot accept Medicare or Medicaid at this time, we do take private insurance and offer financing options that make our services affordable. We understand that family members are going through a difficult period as their loved one suffers from addiction. Our doctors, therapists, counselors, and recovery specialists will work with the patient and their family to develop the best approach to restore sobriety and strengthen bonds. Schedule a Free addiction assessment today, contact Pathways Real Life Recovery today.
To get more information about Utah sober recovery or our treatment programs, contact Pathways Real Life Recovery at (801) 895-3006. We are available 24/7 to help answer your questions.