The Value of Sober Living after Rehab


Men and women enter rehabilitation facilities for different reasons. Maybe one was driving under the influence and was ordered by the court to start a rehabilitation living program. It could be that the person had a drinking problem, which leads to an argument with their spouse. The argument may have led to the police being called to a domestic violence call. What about the person that is drunk so much that the doctor says, “Go in a rehab facility or die”. All of these reasons could be the reason for you or someone else ending up in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility.


After the person in the rehabilitation facility completes their first steps of rehabilitation living, they may be heading for a sober living or transitional living facility. Most of the time, these transitional facilities are part of the drug rehabilitation facility. The counselors feel that the person is ready to be in the transition to living alone. They have watched the addict during classes, during therapy sessions, and during their off time to see if they are going to resort to the bottle again in difficult situations. The people that can handle themselves without the alcohol deserve the chance to move on to the next phase.

Each alcohol rehabilitation facility is managed differently. Some are very strict on curfews and old friend associations. Some do not allow the residents to leave the grounds and others allow different times to come and go. Each resident has the responsibility of reporting their goings and comings to the counselors. There are facilities where the person over seeing is a police officer. This officer does special unannounced checks of urine and of household belongings. If alcohol is ever found in their belongings, the resident will start back in a lower level of the program.

Each program has levels of completion just like AA. The person that completes levels one through twelve can move out of the rehabilitation level to the sober living area and into the transitional living area. This transition gives the resident more freedom to go and come, as they desire. It even allows the resident to live off premises with other people that are in the program. There is support around when the person is feeling weak and vulnerable.

Some of the individuals that are going into the transitional living part of the program may choose to be speakers at meetings. The meetings they are speaking at are the same meetings that they had to go to every day. These meetings help to keep the alcoholic on track with their progress. The offer constant support even when in transition.

After a resident leaves the alcohol rehabilitation program for the transitional program, they begin to gain independence as well as self-esteem for themselves. They may find themselves befriending someone that is just beginning the program and needing supportive friends. Having supportive friends can be the first step to staying on course and these people in the transition to independent living understand this all too well. 

Transition housing is usually set up for individuals to have their own space without someone looking over their shoulder all the time. These people are beginning to guard themselves against drug addicts, alcohol abusers, and negative family members. They learn that they have to be happy with the way they are or they may have issues that causes them to pick up that bottle again. 

Advancing through the stages until the person is able to go home is both challenging and strict for the person beginning the program. They will continue to need and have access to support systems. Once they graduate to go back home, the person will be well aware of why they drank and what keeps them from drinking again. A sober or transitional approach to alcohol rehab works well with people that have an encouraging outlook and attitude.