What is Christian Sober Living?
Sober living is different than drug and alcohol treatment. While rehab facilities offer a higher level of care and medical and therapeutic services, sober living residences provide an ideal environment for someone seeking long-term support. Christian sober homes are often run by other Christians in recovery.
What is the Difference Between Christian Sober Living and Traditional Sober Living?
The main goal of sober living is to help men and women make it through the first few months of recovery without relapsing. Early sobriety can be a difficult adjustment. Often, addicts and alcoholics use substances to numb painful or uncomfortable feelings. They grow use to self-medicating their feelings and never truly dealing with anything. Remove the drugs and alcohol, and suddenly they must deal with everything they have been avoiding. This roller coaster of emotions is compounded by Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). PAWS can affect individuals for as long as 2 years after they initially get sober. Symptoms may include difficulty thinking clearly, problems controlling emotions, memory problems, mood swings and sleep disturbances (including using dreams). PAWS can act as the catalyst behind a relapse.
Of course, staying in a treatment program for 2 years is not a realistic plan. People get sober to live their life and become a productive and active member of society. Sober living allows you to do just that while still having the support you need.
Traditional sober living homes—also known as halfway houses—offer a structured environment and affordable living. Residents are required to attend 12 Step meetings, get a sponsor, follow curfew and work a program. Restrictions are often placed on having house guests and overnight trips. Residents must also take random drug tests.
Christian sober living homes are very similar, but include a Christian foundation. In addition to attending 12 Step meetings together, residents attend church services and Bible study groups help at the house as a community. These transitional living facilities provide the emotional and spiritual support that addicts and alcoholics in early recovery need to overcome the challenges they face.
Recovering Souls is a network of Christian drug and alcohol treatment services. We help men and women across the country who are struggling with addiction find the help they need. To learn more about our free services, call 1-800-832-5250 24/7 to speak with one of our caring staff members.