The quick answer is: it depends. It depends on a number of factors such as how long and how severe the issues are that you are recovering from. If you have co-occurring disorders such as a mental health issue, such as depression in addition to a (or multiple) substance abuse problem(s), then you may need the extra support that a Sober Living Environment can offer you. Also, if you had a particularly difficult time getting off the substances you were abusing, sober living environments will give you more support than living with your parents.
First off, it’s important to recognize how sober living environments fit into the rehabilitation scenario. Sober living environments serve to reinforce what occurred in recovery. While you may have done a good job in recovery, whether your program was 30 days or 90 days, you may not be fully ready to jump back into the community at large.
While you may not need the intensive attention that a full-on treatment facility provides, the extra support from a sober living environment may help you to be solidly on your way to recovery. Specific services offered in a sober living environment include:
- A support staff which includes staff who are trained and certified in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse
- Regular urinalysis testing to provide accountability keeping you off all non-prescribed substances
- Weekly community-building events
- A structured-living environment which helps you build a healthy routine so that once you return to your family, you’re ready for long-term success
While your parents may very much want you to continue to be sober after treatment, their lack of ability and training to provide the structure and accountability that a structured living environment can may not provide sufficient support that you need during this critical time in your recovery.
If it is your choice to live with your parents, sober living environments, in conjunction with primary treatment, can do much to help you become prepared for this eventuality. It is our hope that all who go through treatment enjoy a happy, healthy life wherever you choose to live.