The Ocean Hills Recovery Difference: Family-Style Sober Living
Sober living is the term used to describe a housing situation (usually a home with several bedrooms or a small apartment complex), where all residents are in recovery from alcohol and prescription drug abuse.
Ocean Hills Recovery offers several options for individuals transitioning out of our residential treatment programs, from other treatment programs, or for those new to recovery who are seeking a supportive living environment. Some of our partners’ family-style sober living homes are located in Dana Point, one of the most beautiful and desirable beach communities in Southern California.
Each home is managed by an outside partner, these residences provide leadership and guidance for residents who are newly clean and sober. Residents of these Sober-living facilities are expected to follow house rules (such as zero tolerance for drug use or possession), take responsibility for certain household duties (cooking, cleaning, and light maintenance), and attend 12 Step meetings, both on-site, as well as in the surrounding community. Some residents of Sober-Living attend PHP groups, at Ocean Hills Recovery’s counseling center during the day.
The first days and weeks following treatment for alcoholism and prescription drugs can be a challenging time for many individuals. Much has been learned during treatment, and new patterns of behavior are being developed.
For these reasons, our drug rehab center Ocean Hills Recovery established partnerships with sober living programs: to help clients manage the early period of recovery with around-the-clock support, with a strong and committed core of housemates encouraging sober behavior. Many former clients have found life-long friends among their fellow sober living residents.
And while sober living programs are deeply committed to practicing the principles of the 12 Steps, through meetings, journaling, and step work, most programs are also founded on reconnecting with the joys of living a clean and sober lifestyle. Residents of this our drug rehab have ample time to take advantage of the beautiful, sunny climate, our proximity to one of Southern California’s most stunning beaches, and all the recreational activities these surroundings offer swimming, beach volleyball, bicycling, rollerblading, sailing, and so much more.
When you’re ready to transition from treatment, we invite you to participate in a sober living program. In addition to fun and friends, you’ll be giving yourself the gift of a solid, supportive foundation for your life-long commitment to your drug- and alcohol-free future.
Coming from a life of drug addiction and alcoholism, sober living can sound like an insurmountable challenge. It needs not to be. As noted above, we recommend sober living homes that are located in a picturesque and quiet community in Southern California. These homes and the sober living programs conducted therein are deliberately designed to help you begin your new life of sobriety and drug-free productivity on solid ground. Specifically, they will help you:
- Gain a glimpse of the possibilities within your reach as a drug-free person
- Foster a homely, nurturing environment where love and care triumph over recriminations and conflict
- Tap into the latent force of will within you to make positive life decisions
- Lay a strong foundation for a commitment to live drug-free for the rest of your life
- Establish a network of support and peers with similar experiences
We will take a look at each one of these points in turn:
- A Glimpse of What is Possible
Sober living programs are structured to help recovering addicts discover the possibilities of living a life without drugs and alcohol. By providing plenty of opportunity and inspiration for doing fun and productive activities, recovering addicts discover that they have a latent potential to achieve great things in life. Just as well, living together with other people who have similarly been afflicted by the problems of addiction and alcoholism, residents are able to share experiences. Hearing about others often offers us insights into our own experiences. And these stories of positive outcomes combine together to form a vista of possibilities about the ultimate goal of the whole drug and alcohol recovery programs – a lifelong commitment to living without drugs. At the treatment stage living, drug-free may seem like a fantasy. At the sober living home, you will get hands-on experience on just how a life of sobriety is fulfilling and enriching in equal measure.
- A Nurturing Environment
Sober living programs are run under an environment much akin to a loving home. While there are rules and schedules, these are not implemented in a regimented fashion as in a boot camp. We realize that the greatest danger to relapse is going out in the world and having no recourse but to associate with the same people with whom your drugs or drinking habit got established and spiraled to a personal crisis in the first place. The clean and nurturing environment in a sober living home will help demonstrate that you can live and connect well with people who are living sober.
- Laying Foundation for a Life-Long Commitment
At Ocean Hills Recovery we are aware of just how much of a challenge remaining sober and clean from drugs can be. The sober living period is, therefore, a foundational phase towards achieving this ultimate goal. As outlined in the 12 step recovery process, part of recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is about confronting some ugly truths. Through methods such as journaling and group meetings, members share tips about what they are going through and the amends they are actively offering or planning to institute in order to ease the pain of those they wronged in the past. It is all geared towards transitioning to a life of clean living and mended fences.
- Establishing a Network of Support
Drug recovery begins with acknowledging that we are helpless to stop our destructive activities all on our own. Success will only come from establishing a network of support. It is amazing how some of the bonds established between residents in California sober living homes end up being liaisons that go on for much longer than the period of residency. The links and networks established at this crucial phase of recovery will be crucial in helping you begin your life of recovery on solid footing.
**Ocean Hills Recovery does not own Sober Living homes. OHR residences offer Detox, Residential and PHP treatment. We set up long-term aftercare, by partnering with other IOP and OP facilities, which also offer sober living.