Sober Living Program at Ken Seeley Rehab

Wondering what the next step is in your recovery journey? Interested in a sober living program? Please visit our Ken Seeley Communities page for more information on our two sober living facilities, The Palm Tee and The Alexander.

For those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, detox and treatment programs, such as inpatient or outpatient for 90 days are often not enough time to recover. There is no doubt that these treatment methods are enough to help someone gain control back over their lives after addiction. However, a comprehensive treatment plan uniquely depends on the person and other factors. This includes the severity of their substance abuse, and their needs. 

It is true when they say, the first year of recovery is the hardest. If you talk to anyone with an addiction, they will most likely tell you that they consider the first year of sobriety and recovery to be the hardest and the most challenging.

What Is A Sober Living Program?  

Most residential and outpatient programs only last for 30, 60, or 90 days, leaving people vulnerable and wondering if they are ready to cope with life and face common hurdles that occur during early recovery, outside security and safety that the treatment facility once provided. 

Often, people attend post-treatment options, such as aftercare or sober living programs.

This is after receiving treatment at an inpatient or outpatient rehab facility. It is done to ensure a chance of optimal recovery and long-term sobriety, 

So, you completed an intensive treatment program at a rehab facility for addiction, and now wondering, “what’s next for me or my loved one?” Living at home often is not a logical or smart option for those who are newly sober, as that could be a place with triggers and temptations that could cause one to relapse. Going home can put their sobriety in jeopardy. A sober living home may be the best option, and here’s why. 

According to studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a sober living program is a drug and alcohol-free environment, where newly sober people go to live in a sober living house (SLH) away from people and places that would cause them to break their sobriety. 

A sober living home is specifically designed for people who are just beginning their sobriety journey. These individuals need to be in an environment where they can continue abstaining from using drugs and alcohol. 

Also, many individuals benefit from the extended support as they move into this transitional period from treatment to independence. Becoming sober comes with a lot of different baggage and nuances, including stress, anxiety, curiosity, etc. A sober living program can help address one’s apprehensions and needs that come with the beginnings of sobriety. 

What To Expect During Sober Living 

As mentioned before, many people think that once you finish rehab, the only next option available is to return home. Well, for some, that is not the case or even an option. Often, family members or a home environment is what contributed to a person’s addiction in the first place, so going back to that would only undo all the progress made. 

Think of a sober living home as an extra support system. Sober living homes provide a large community and network of support to help you and others effectively navigate through the ups and downs that may arise during addiction recovery and sobriety. In other words, a sober living program is a hub of sorts, where newly sober people can access to find helpful tools and resources along the way, which will help them maintain long-term sobriety and avoid the high risk of relapse, overdose, and worse, death. 

Within a sober living program, people will start to develop new healthy habits and routines. Individuals will take what they learned during drug and alcohol rehab, and carrying those lessons into post-treatment, and applying it in their daily lives. 

The goal is to start a new life free from alcohol and drugs. Residents who enter into a sober living home after completing inpatient or outpatient treatment, are serious about continuing to recover from substance abuse and staying sober, so much so that they commit to doing anything necessary to abstain from drinking or taking drugs. 

Benefits of Sober Living Programs

In addition to residential, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs (PHP), if you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, sober living programs is an extremely beneficial form of treatment. With similarities to an aftercare program, sober living a method of post-treatment, which helps people transition from a treatment facility to the real world in a more methodological way. 

In other words, sober living is an amazing situation for people who need a more structured alternative than their homes, but a little less intense than a rehab facility they just transitioned from. For someone just coming out of rehab, sober living programs provide various invaluable benefits, which include:

Drugs and Alcohol are Prohibited

In a sober living environment, drugs and alcohol are prohibited indefinitely. No drugs and alcohol are allowed to be consumed while living in a sober living home, in addition to, any other medications that have potentially addictive properties. 

Support System 

Everyone in a sober living program has addiction problems or has newly become sober. While it may not be the same situation as you or a loved one, going through similar experiences brings people together. Like group therapy in a rehab facility, being in a sober living home provides individuals with that sense of belonging that many tend to be searching for and sadly, don’t seem to find. 

Makes the Transition Easier 

The transition from rehab to sober living can be a difficult and challenging experience for some. 

Everyone and their experiences and necessities are different, and therefore, so will the effects treatment has on them. 

The benefits of sober living allow a person to ease into sobriety and get a sense of what a real sober lifestyle is like outside the walls of rehab. Being in an environment with similar aspects to a drug rehab program, sober living allows a person to adjust to everything that they have learned, making it an ideal choice, as it entails various components including, responsibilities, routine, accountability, social norms, cooperation, etc. 

Limited Distractions 

Being in a sober living home and not in an environment of triggers and distraction, a sober living program keeps the distractions outside the walls, allowing an individual to focus on themselves and their sobriety. They will have fewer chances to get caught up in the struggles and temptations at home and get lazy and unorganized about going to treatment, which increases one’s chances of relapsing. 

Relapse Prevention

Sober Living programs are also a great relapse prevention resource. Since there are limited distractions and more focus on staying sober, the probability of relapse decreases. While there will always be people inevitably relapsing after becoming newly sober, sober living programs have a prevention plan in place to help and teach those with more severe addictions the best methods to remain sober after they have worked so hard to do so in the first place. 

How Does Sober Living Work?

There are a variety of sober living programs out there, that operate in different ways. Finding the best fit for you and your specific needs is the important key. People may not realize, but, sober living programs can occur at the same time as outpatient treatment, as that factor of independence is there. But, the most common way sober living works is after people complete inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation. There are four different levels of sober living programs people can choose from depending on their needs. These include:

Level 1: Peer-Run: Level 1 of a sober living program is called peer-run. These are often homes for single-families that are run by superiors holding residents accountable. Managers of the home are often not compensated. Drug and alcohol screenings and house meetings are always held. 

Level 2: Monitored: These are often single-family homes or apartments. Usually, they are run by a senior resident or house manager. Drug screenings, house meetings, and peer-run groups occur. 

Level 3: Supervised: In supervised sober living homes, the type of living space varies. The facility is usually licensed with a hierarchy, and policies and procedures put into place. Life skills and development are taught, in addition to, clinical services and drug screenings. 

Level 4: Integrated: The last level of a sober living program, integrated living, is a more institutional environment. It offers individuals more transitional services for addiction treatment. Clinical services are provided in-house, placing big importance on teaching life skills and development. Staff are trained and credentialed, and drug screenings are mandatory. 

How Long Can You Stay In A Sober Living House? 

However long one stays in a sober living home depends on a person’s specific progress they are making while in recovery. Some sober living programs are only available for as long as people are in treatment, and others are available for only afterward when their main addiction treatment is completed at a rehab facility. 

A minimum of three months at a sober living home is required, but many people benefit from staying longer. Longer stays equal sustained sobriety. Some facilities do require a minimum number of days of sobriety from substance abuse, but many will work with you if you are determined to be a good fit. 

How Much Does Sober Living Cost?

The cost of enrollment in a sober living program depends and varies based on the facility and length of stay. The more treatment and services provided, the more it is going to cost you, in addition to the location of the facility. 

So, when you are looking for a sober living facility, it is beneficial to ask what is included in the monthly rate and if there are any additional fees. Often, extra fees include transportation, meals, exercise memberships, life coaching, etc. No matter the cost, make sure that the place and services provided all go back to support the number one mission here: maintaining sobriety. 

How To Find The Best Sober Living Home For You

During sober living, individuals will take what they learned during drug and alcohol rehab, and carrying those lessons into post-treatment. Since sober living programs were designed to follow addiction treatment, getting a referral from a rehab treatment provider is a necessity. 

Good sober living programs provide beneficial resources with one goal in mind, to help people abstain from drug and alcohol usage, and to provide the tools necessary to maintain long-term sobriety. This includes AA meetings (Alcoholics Anonymous), mental health (dual diagnosis) treatment, 12-step meetings, family therapy, etc. 

Ken Seeley Rehab in Palm Springs, California offers varying levels of care at our two sober living facilities, The Palm Tee, and The Alexander.

The Palm Tee

For the men’s sober living program you need, head to The Palm Tee. This location makes the transition into life outside of treatment not only possible but enjoyable. The Palm Tee is a safe and welcoming environment for those ready to take this next step. 

Clients at this location benefit from accommodations unavailable in other programs. Here, we provide easily accessible leadership and support that are crucial to your success. The Palm dedicates itself to helping clients thrive in an environment that promotes healing. We provide full amenities that include comfortable sleeping arrangements, access to the internet, and full kitchenettes.

The Alexander

When you need a women’s sober living program, you need The Alexander. This facility is just south of the downtown Palm Springs area. Dramatic mountain views surround The Alexander, making it a breathtaking area to heal. The house was originally built in 1956 but has recently undergone renovations. 

The Alexander provides a safe hideaway for healing and focusing on the next chapters of the recovery journey. We combine staff support with ideal amenities in a calming, relaxing environment. This location makes it easy for clients to walk to local 12-step meetings while also being secluded from the hustle and bustle of city activity. Our amenities include internet access, fully-equipped kitchens, and comfortable living spaces. Both single and double occupancy rooms are available.

Let Our Sober Living Program Help You!

Ken Seeley Rehab in Palm Springs, CA, is here to provide the full continuum of care you or your loved one needs to achieve the goal of long-lasting recovery. Through our range of addiction treatment programs, we give our clients and their families the chance they deserve. We also strive to make family involvement a top priority throughout the entire treatment process. 

The recovery journey doesn’t end after your stay at residential treatment. Recovery is a constant journey of self-awareness and self-growth that requires the support of your loved ones and team. A sober living program is one of many steps that help you prepare for life outside of treatment. To learn more about our available sober living program, contact us here or call Ken Seeley Rehab Centers today. We look forward to helping you on your journey. 

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