By Estil Wallace

CEO/Founder of Cornerstone Healing Center

Are you new to recovery in the Phoenix metro area, or are you looking to get help for an addiction? Good for you. The decision to get clean and sober is not for the faint of heart (but then again, neither is addiction). As you embark on this new phase of your life, be brave. A little fear is normal.

We’ve been there. It’s going to be OK.

Sober Living in Phoenix

Sober living refers to communities of people who have struggled with substance abuse and are now trying to live healthy, sober lives. Sober living is transitional housing — usually, you go to sober living after completing an inpatient treatment program for addiction, or while attending a partial hospitalization program. It’s a safe and supportive space where you build upon the tools you learned in treatment and gear up to maintain long-term sobriety in the “real” world.

In some parts of the country, the term “sober living” is synonymous with “halfway house.”

What Is Sober Living in Phoenix Like?

Obviously, the community is a drug- and alcohol-free zone. Residents are expected to maintain total abstinence or risk getting kicked out of the program (at least for a short amount of time). There are regular drug and alcohol screening tests to ensure that community members are clean.

Residents are expected to be active participants in their recovery, including attendance at 12-step meetings and completing step work with a sponsor.

Visitors are permitted but not allowed to stay the night. There are curfews, which help you keep your focus on recovery. In some Phoenix sober living homes, you get increasing levels of freedom the longer you live there and prove yourself. You are expected to work, pay your rent on time, complete a chore each day and be contributing, helpful members of the community.

Most people live in sober living for about three to six months. They are an excellent way to bridge the gap between the safety of treatment and the reality of life on your own.

Sober Living Offers Vital Support to Residents Near Phoenix, AZ

If you don’t already have a strong support network and/or if you think you could benefit from the structure and rules of a community of like-minded people, consider entering a sober living home. Phoenix is known around the country for its strong recovery community, and we have many excellent programs to choose from.

To learn more about Cornerstone Healing Center, our outpatient treatment program in Scottsdale, Arizona, and our sober living recommendations, please contact us today. We can help you get on your way to a healthy, sober life.