What Does It Mean To Live In A Sober House?

Addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a chronic, relapsing brain disorder. It is characterized by compulsively engaging in rewarding stimuli (e.g., abusing drugs and/ or alcohol) without regard for consequence. An individual that struggles with addiction will prioritize satisfying his or her drug cravings above all else. The development of substance use disorder does not occur immediately, nor will recovering from addiction be achieved instantaneously. The path of recovery from substance abuse and/ or addiction is not necessarily linear, nor will it be the same for every person. The treatment process for substance abuse and/ or addiction is generally comprised of a detox phase, substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program, and an aftercare plan. Depending on the situation, an individual may elect to move into a sober living facility after the completion of a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program as a component of his or her aftercare plan.