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4 Benefits of Going to Sober Living in South Carolina

There are many different routes you may choose from on your road to sobriety. Everyone is different and has different treatment needs, so it’s important to work out the aftercare plan that works best for you. However, most of these routes involve sober living.

Studies suggest the lack of access to stable, supportive, and drug-free housing is a huge obstacle that stands in the way of recovery for many people.[1] Eliminating this obstacle is one of the best ways to help people get through their early days in sobriety and build the skills they need to stay sober.

If you aren’t sure whether or not going to a sober home is right for you, we’ll help you decide by going over the top benefits of going to sober living in South Carolina.

What is Sober Living?

Sober living homes are drug and alcohol-free living environments for people who are trying to stay sober. Although they provide no formal counseling, they usually mandate 12-Step meeting attendance and are intended for patients who have received previous counseling.

The earliest sober living home models were run by religious institutions like the YMCA, YWCA, and Salvation Army. They evolved from part of the Temperance Movement to help people overcome the urge to drink.[2]

Although today’s sober homes have evolved, many of the ideas mimic those of the original sober living homes.

Benefits of Sober Living in South Carolina

Sober living homes help people stay sober and provide safe and secure housing for people who are trying to get back on their feet. The need for sober housing in South Carolina is huge because of the many benefits of sober living.

1. A Relaxing, Serene Environment To Begin Your Recovery

If you are someone who loves the outdoors where you can find mountains, lakes, and beaches all in one place, South Carolina is the perfect place for you to live and begin your new, sober life. Living in the middle of the city can be hectic, crowded, and crime-ridden.

Simpsonville, SC, on the other hand, is mostly suburban and agricultural while still providing a beautiful landscape for outdoorsy people. You want to live somewhere safe, relaxing, and serene so you can focus on your sobriety – and sober living homes in South Carolina are the perfect place to do so.

2. Accountability For Structure and Routine

Having routine and structure is helpful for anyone, but especially so for those in recovery. Without accountability, it can be easy to slip back into old patterns and behaviors. While staying at a South Carolina sober home, you’ll have to follow the house rules and meet certain expectations in order to continue living there.

Some of the most common sober house rules and expectations that will help hold you accountable include:

  • A daily curfew which you must be home by
  • A chore list for all house members
  • Mandatory weekly house meetings
  • A live-in house manager
  • Random drug testing
  • Mandatory 12-Step meeting attendance
  • Respect common areas in the home
  • Have a job or be actively looking for employment
  • No visitors allowed

All of these rules help introduce structure and routine into your life. They also help teach you how to cooperate with others and live a sober lifestyle.

3. Constant Fellowship and Support

One of the greatest benefits of sober living is that you’ll have 24/7 fellowship and support. Most sober homes have between 4 and 8 people living in the home, and you will most likely have to share your room with a roommate. And, everyone in the home has the same goal: staying sober.

Sure, living with others has its disadvantages, but it also means you’ll always have sober support to turn to when you need advice, guidance, or a shoulder to lean on. Having a solid sober support network is a crucial component to recovery, and sober homes can teach you how to build these relationships.

4. An Easy Way To Transition From Rehab To Real Life

Inpatient rehab programs in South Carolina can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days. That is a long time to be at a residential program with constant supervision and monitoring. As a result, leaving rehab and adjusting back to real life can sometimes be challenging.

Sober living homes help bridge this gap from rehab to real life by providing a middle-of-the-road solution. Although no formal treatment is provided, these homes are sober environments with rules and regulations, making them a great way to transition out of rehab.

Find a South Carolina Sober Living Home Today

Whether you’ve already completed rehab and are looking for a sober living home in South Carolina or you have yet to start your recovery journey, our team at South Carolina Addiction Treatment is here to help.

We offer individualized, extended-term treatment in an intimate setting located in Greenville/ Simpsonville, SC. We take a holistic approach to treating addiction, offering a variety of treatment modalities centered around identifying and resolving the underlying issues associated with the addiction.

South Carolina Addiction Treatment is a peaceful and beautiful place for individuals to comfortably and safely eliminate physical dependence on substances; our high-end and state-of-the-art facility prepares clients for the next level of appropriate care and helps them find the right sober living home for them.

To learn more about our treatment programs or to see the benefits of sober living for yourself, pick up the phone and call now.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057870/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2556949/

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

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All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

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