Participating in sober living services involves committing to a program that features both structured activities and free time, so you learn how to effectively arrange your own time once you return home. A typical schedule includes daily group sessions in the morning or afternoon, along with one individual counseling session per week. Some participants in a sober living program also schedule family therapy sessions.
During your free time, you can pursue educational goals or return to work, and there’s time to explore hobbies or other interests. Building a foundation of healthy activities helps you adapt to everyday living without drugs or alcohol and reduces your chances of relapses or backsliding.
While in the sober living program, you’re monitored for rule compliance. This includes regular urine drug screening and agreeing not to bring prohibited items on-site, including drugs, alcohol and weapons. A 9 p.m. curfew helps ensure reliable sleep and relaxation time in the evenings, and curfew adjustments are available for individuals who have work schedules that require later hours.