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Can I Attend Sober Living Without Treatment First?

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

May 16, 2024

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A sober living home provides an excellent supportive environment for people trying to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

These are standalone communities, which means you can attend sober living without treatment first. Most of these homes don’t have mental health experts or counselors. Instead, they are usually run by people working on staying sober.

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Does Sober Living Allow Residents Who Haven’t Been to Treatment?

Most people who move into sober living homes have finished a program to help them stop using drugs or alcohol. However, it’s not always necessary to have gone through such a program before moving in.

If you are new to recovery, you can still live in a sober living home as long as you are serious about staying sober and agree to follow the house rules. People who have already learned how to stay sober and have been clean for a while usually do better in sober living. It’s also good if residents have gone through detox to make sure they are healthy and not drug or alcohol-dependent, which helps everyone stay focused on recovery.

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What Is Sober Living For?

Sober living homes are special houses where people who are recovering from drug or alcohol problems live together. These homes are usually in calm, quiet areas to help people feel peaceful as they recover from addiction. Some sober living homes are owned by private individuals, while others are owned by non-profits or businesses.

People living in these homes can generally come and go when they want, but they must follow some rules. For example, they might need to return home by a certain time or go to work or school during the day. They also might have to take drug tests sometimes to show they are staying sober.

Who Is Sober Living Best For?

Sober living homes are great for people who have started their journey to stop using drugs or alcohol and need a safe place to keep getting better. These homes work well for those who already know some ways to stay sober but still need support and structure as they build a new, healthy life. Sober living is especially helpful for people who have finished a treatment program and are ready to practice living sober with others who understand and support their goals.

Benefits of Attending Treatment Before Sober Living

Going to a treatment program before moving into a sober living home has many benefits. It gives you a strong start on your journey to stop using drugs or alcohol. In treatment, you learn important skills and tools that help you stay sober, like how to handle tough feelings and avoid old habits. This makes you more prepared to live in a sober home, where you can use these skills daily. Beyond this, having already started recovery in a structured program can make you feel more confident and ready to join others who are also working hard to stay sober.

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Get Luxury Sober Living by The Beach at Renaissance Recovery

Addiction can affect anyone, no matter who they are. If you or someone you care about needs help to get back on track after struggling with drugs or alcohol, consider a special place by the beach for recovery at Renaissance Recovery.

Our center in Huntington Beach, California, helps with all kinds of addiction and mental health issues. You can come to our beautiful beachside place for treatment without having to leave your daily life behind. We have programs that you visit just during the day, so you can still go to work or take care of your family. For those who need more help, we offer longer and more focused programs too. If you need help to stop using drugs or alcohol safely, we can also find places for you across California.

At our center, we create a personal plan for each person. This might include:

  • Different kinds of talk therapies (like CBT or DBT)
  • Medicines to help with recovery
  • Natural treatments
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • One-on-one therapy
  • Ongoing support after you finish treatment

Call our recovery experts today at 866.330.9449 for sober living in California.



At Renaissance Recovery our goal is to provide evidence-based treatment to as many individuals as possible. Give us a call today to verify your insurance coverage or to learn more about paying for addiction treatment.

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Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.

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