If you’re looking for help for addiction, sober living homes for men provide a safe environment for males at various stages of the recovery journey.
Addiction is a growing concern in the United States, as evidenced by data from NSDUH 2020, SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Diagnoses of alcohol use disorder more than doubled, rising from 14 million in 2019 to 28.5 million in 2020. The number of those with substance use disorder also doubled, hitting an all-time high of 40 million in 2020.
More disturbingly, though, most estimates suggest fewer than 10% of those people get any kind of treatment for alcoholism (alcohol use disorder) or drug addiction (substance use disorder).
A sober living home (SLH), also known as a sober living community, is a concept intended to provide a supportive and safe setting for those in addiction recovery. These homes for men ensure that there is less distraction, with the single-sex groups allowing you to focus on what counts: your sustained recovery without relapse.
What can you expect from men’s sober living, then?
Men’s Sober Living
Here at The District Recovery Community, we have some of the best sober living homes on the planet, and our men’s homes group residents with those in similar age categories to maximize the chances of commonalities.
Sober homes for men are not detox facilities and they do not provide clinical care or medical supervision. You will not receive formal addiction treatment at a sober community either, so consider an SLH as a base for treatment rather than a primary form of treatment.
Male sober homes can be beneficial in any of the following scenarios:
- For men who have completed a course of residential rehab – 30-day rehab, for instance – an SLH can make an effective base, streamlining the transition back into day-to-day life.
- For men who require a short spell in a controlled environment before committing to an inpatient rehab program.
- For men with volatile home environments full of addiction triggers looking to engage with ongoing outpatient addiction treatment.
Regardless of the reasons and the circumstances, many men undertaking recovery from addiction find a sober community is a natural next step after a successful detox and rehab program.
Sober communities are not government-funded, so residents pay rent and bills.
A male sober home is typically located in a good neighborhood and will have at least four bedrooms. Most men’s sober living communities have between four and twelve residents, depending on the size of the property. The intention of keeping sober living communities small is to foster a closer-knit group.
If you opt to commence or continue your recovery journey at a men’s sober living home, you will need to remain abstinent from substances. You can expect to undergo random and regular drug testing. You should view this as a positive as it ensures a substance-free environment free of temptation for all residents, you included.
Sober homes have a house manager tasked with running the SLH. Senior residents will also play different roles, according to the community in question.
While you will not receive addiction treatment at the sober community, all residents will be actively pursuing their recovery. This will often involve attending counseling sessions, psychotherapy sessions, and peer-support meetings, whether AA, NA, or a secular alternative like SMART Recovery.
Unlike a time-limited rehab program, you can remain at a men’s sober living home for as long as it proves necessary, assuming you comply with all rules, remain abstinent, and pay all your dues.
The only meaningful difference between a regular sober and a men’s sober living home is the sex of the residents.
The core benefit of a men’s sober living home is the trigger-free environment. For many people completing a course of inpatient rehab, it can be challenging to return to the same environment as when they developed an addiction. Stepping down to a sober living home can provide a welcome continuation of a controlled environment without temptation in plain sight.
A male sober living home also removes the potential distractions that a mixed-sex community can provide. This allows you to focus fully on continuing your outpatient treatment or ongoing recovery.
Data indicates that sober living homes are beneficial in all of the following circumstances:
- As a smoother transition to daily living after completing a residential rehab program.
- For those attending ongoing outpatient addiction treatment.
- For anyone with an unsupportive home environment.
- For people re-entering the community after incarceration.
- As an alternative recovery route.
Researchers concluded that the optimum route to recovery is detox and rehab followed by a spell in a sober home and ongoing peer-support group attendance.
Those who utilized sober living communities remained abstinent at higher rates than those who didn’t use these homes. Sober home residents also reported fewer legal issues and also experienced more success in finding and maintaining employment.
What will unfold if you opt to use a sober living home as your base for recovery in California?
Sober Living Homes for Men in California
Residents at California sober living homes for men will all be at varying stages on the road to recovery.
You can start your search for a suitable SLH by asking your healthcare provider for recommendations. Due to the prevalence of addiction in the United States, you may also find that friends or family can suggest appropriate sober living communities near you.
If you engage with a course of addiction treatment, the rehab center should be able to connect you with sober living homes for men in California.
Alternatively, you could shortcut the process by reaching out to The District.
Many looking to commit to addiction recovery find the idea of gender-specific rehab appealing. Here at The District, we specialize in the outpatient treatment of all addictions through our men’s rehab and women’s rehab programs.
Research shows that intensive outpatient treatment is just as effective as residential rehab for the treatment of most addictions. We offer all types of outpatient programs at TDRC, including OPs (regular outpatient programs), IOPs (intensive outpatient programs), and PHPs (partial hospitalization programs).
Our gender-specific programs will provide you with an atmosphere ideal for recovery and a peer group undergoing broadly similar experiences.
You’ll have the chance to address both the physical and psychological side of addiction here at The District Recovery Community through a personalized array of therapies, including:
- MAT (medication-assisted treatment)
- Psychotherapy – talk therapies like CBT and DBT
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Family therapy
- Holistic therapies
For anyone with a co-occurring mental health condition like anxiety or depression, we provide integrated dual diagnosis treatment, allowing you to unpack both complex issues simultaneously.
To get started with men’s rehab for alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder without needing to go to residential rehab, call 844.287.8506 today.