Early sobriety is a confusing and precarious time in the life of anyone recovering from addiction. During the the first 6-12 months of recovery we learn how to navigate the world in our newfound sobriety, while simultaneously trying to learn how to be comfortable in our own skin. We are bombarded by unfamiliar, conflicting, and often painful emotions that combine with old habits and old ways of thinking. Emotionally, everything feels raw and uncomfortable, with even slight annoyances or disappointments feeling like the end of the world.

Without proper treatment, guidance, and a safe, supportive home environment, these triggers can become overwhelming, resulting in relapse. To minimize triggers and avoid potential relapses, many recovering addicts and alcoholics take up residence in a sober living. Sober livings encourage growth through accountability and responsibility, while giving residents the peace of mind that comes from knowing they’ll always be safe at home.


What is a sober living?

A sober living a semi-supervised communal group home for people in recovery from addiction of any kind. Sober living’s house residents who are in various stages of recovery, with staff members onsite providing support, guidance, and accountability for all residents. Sober livings provide a safe haven away from the temptations of the outside world, while simultaneously allowing residents to ease back into full autonomy as they learn to live life without alcohol and drugs.

For many people, a sober living is the next step after a safe medical detox followed by a stay in a long-term inpatient treatment program. Residence in a sober living can last anywhere from 3 months to a year or more, depending on each resident’s individual needs. Most sober livings require residents to meet with staff members on a regular basis to check in and talk about long- and short-term goals, recent stumbling blocks, triumphs, progress, and more.


Freedom and Accountability

While sober livings provide some of the support and guidance found in inpatient treatment facilities, sober living residents are not micromanaged or babysat. Sober living residents are allowed and encouraged to leave the premises for normal day-to-day activities like going to work, to the gym, recovery meetings, recreational activities and more. Most sober livings have curfews and bed checks, performing sobriety spot-checks, administering nightly breathalyzers and regular drug screenings. This combination of freedom and accountability teaches sober living residents to stay responsible for their actions, while gaining self respect and self esteem through responsible, trustworthy behavior.

On-site staff members are an invaluable part of the sober living experience. In addition to maintaining order around the house, enforcing house rules, and administering drug screenings and breathalyzers, staff members offer their own experience, strength, and hope to residents who are struggling, notifying case managers to arrange check-ins with residents who are struggling.


Building a sober community

One of the most important benefits of sober living is the sense of community and fellowship that comes from battling addiction together. Sober living residents are encouraged to check in with one another on a daily basis, supporting each other in the hard times, and celebrating victories and breakthroughs together. Residents are often encouraged to organize their own in-house recovery meetings, offering a low-pressure environment in which they can share and connect with fellow housemates. This feeling of togetherness creates lasting bonds of friendship and encouraging long-term recovery through trust and camaraderie.


If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, Avenues New York can help. Visit our website and contact us for more information about luxury sober living in NYC, and recovery services like intervention, case management, sober coaching, sober companions, and more.


— Avenues NYC, 2018