Aftercare Completing an alcohol, drug, or behavioral addiction treatment provides a reason to celebrate. From taking that unfamiliar first step to going through detox and committing to your treatment plan, you are at the beginning of a healthy new life. It’s an exciting time–full of energy and possibility. But the transition into everyday living can be tricky. Potential pitfalls include returning to an environment of temptation, letting go of structure, and diving feet-first into your new world. Take heart! The longer you stay sober, the easier things get. If you’re skeptical, this Johns Hopkins study found that transitioning through a sober living home (SLH) makes it ten times more likely you’ll stay sober–and that 50% of all sober living residents remain drug-free after six months. Sober recovery, as this is called, can be the key to long-term recovery from addiction. Read on to learn more. What is a Sober Living Home? Sober living homes are peer-run group homes for recovering addicts. They provide a safe, structured, drug and alcohol-free environment for your transition into everyday life. During sober recovery, residents pay to stay in much the same way as if renting a room in a boarding house. Neighborhood, comfort level, and amenities depend on the home you choose. Typically, you can come and go as you please and stay as long as you like, but you must live by house rules in order to remain. Rules vary from home to home, but may include curfews, mandatory house meetings, and the sharing of food costs and household responsibilities. Most importantly, all SLHs require you to remain sober. Residents are required to take random drug tests in order to prove their sobriety, and failure can lead to eviction. Is a Sober Living Home Right For You? Sober living homes are an effective tool in the post-rehab recovery plan. But communal living isn’t right for everyone. In a well-run sober house there is a sense of unity among residents and it becomes a team effort to support each other’s sobriety to overcome addiction. If you are committed to your sober recovery, then finding the right sober living facility can help you reach true independence. Note that even in the best-run houses, there may be personality clashes and arguments, resulting in hurt feelings, harsh words, and uncomfortable house dynamics. This can mirror everyday life–so when this happens, you’ll find yourself building strength and resilience for the outside world, with built-in support. In short, you get out of sober living what you put into it, and you’ll get a great payoff with a positive and team-spirited attitude.