Getting Sober / Staying Sober

Sober Living


When people talk about sober living, they are invariably talking about people who have been alcoholics or sometimes drug addicts or possibly both who have got clean and sober, and are trying to rebuild their lives both internally and externally.

Living sober is a title of one of the books published by Alcoholics Anonymous that gives a wide range of practical advice to people who are newly sober, about how to handle a wide variety of practical and emotional situations that they may encounter.

Sober living tends to refer to a much longer process, and sees day-to-day living as being that process in action.

Sober living can also refer to a development that has come about in recent years, which is commonly referred to as sober living in houses.

The scope of what sober living houses mean can vary quite widely, and sometimes can be linked to specific treatment centres or rehabs.

The intent behind sober living housing is for people who are in early recovery from alcoholism and possibly drug abuse as well can live together in a safe and clean environment, and have mutual support from each other, as well as possible input from some type of key worker or therapist.

Sober living housing can sound a great idea, and can often work really well in practice.


Where sober living housing can run into problems is quite simply the nature of the environment.

Putting together a number of people who are in early recovery from alcoholism and drug abuse is both potentially hugely important in terms of providing a safe environment, but is also potentially something of a time bomb emotionally if not managed in an appropriate manner.

It is probably fair to say that anyone in the early recovery from alcoholism is struggling to deal with a wide variety of conflicting emotions, the most common one doing an oval office level of anger.

It often does not take much for these emotions to spill over, and in the context of alcoholics and addicts in recovery living together this can be a tense situation or environment.

Luckily most sober living housing will realise this potential conflict, and will put in place a number of practical measures to minimise such confrontations.

Sober living generally, aside from sober living housing, is a hugely important aspect of recovery, and is a hugely broad subject come sing a wide range of approaches and techniques that people use in order to be able to live a life with a degree of stability in a world that used to frighten and overwhelm them.



A detox which is holistic is a very different process from a detox which is a medical detox, and a holistic detox should be examined thoroughly to see if it really is of any value or not.

A detox is normally thought of as a medical process, whereby anyone who has had a problem with alcohol or drugs and is intending to stop drinking or using essentially begins the process of withdrawal, and essentially experiences the effects of withdrawal, hopefully under medical supervision.

The effects of withdrawing from alcohol and/or drugs can be significant, and in some cases life-threatening.

It is always highly advisable to do any type of withdrawal or detox under medical supervision, either residential or some type of  day care.

Anyone entering a rehab or treatment center should be assessed at the outset of their stay, and if necessary a detox should be performed by medically qualified personnel who have experience and understanding of what a medical detox  involves, and can oversee and supervise a detox in a safe and professional manner.

A detox which is termed as holistic is normally a much more straightforward and safe process.

It is worth understanding the thinking behind a holistic detox, which is essentially to cleanse or purge the body and possibly the mind of either,literal. toxins, or unhealthy attitudes and beliefs.


The nature of an holistic detox is normally rooted in various types of  ways of clearing out the body, through a combination of diet, fasting, juices and the joys of practices such as colonic irrigation.

Is quite common in an holistic detox to begin with some type of a fast, possibly combined with juices and prisons and minerals, and a giving up of food and drinks that are deemed to be generally not healthy such as coffee, tea, chocolate etc.

Whilst a holistic detox should generally be quite a safe process, there are real dangers for people who have any type of medical condition, even if medically controlled such as glaucoma, where fasting or going without food or adjusting their liquid intake significantly could present real problems.

If someone is intending to have a holistic detox, it is important to understand a couple of things.

Firstly to find out exactly what is involved in the holistic detox itself over the period that one is going to be present there, and have the regiment assessed by one’s own  physician or doctor to makes sure that it is safe for them as an individual.

Also to find out the qualifications and clinical experience of those who will be administering and supervising the holistic detox, and making sure that such people asked suitably qualified both to administer the program, and deal with any medical emergencies that may result as a consequence of the programme.



Rehab sober living

Most people entering a rehab will at some level appreciate that hopefully it is the beginning of a period of sober living that will last for most of their lives. Some people will see this as a rebuilding process, others will see it as a last gasp attempt to reconstruct their lives.

The nature of a rehab and its commitment to sober living can vary quite widely, both in terms of inpatient and outpatient facilities, attitudes to substance abuse addiction and its various addiction treatment programs.

The term sober living originally applied to people who became free from an alcohol addiction or alcoholism, but as the world of rehab and treatment centers has enlarged, the term sober living has begun to apply to people who feel they are free of any chemical addiction that they might have been treated for in a rehab.

The majority of rehabs are focused on 12th step recovery programs, and encourage or insist that clients undergoing an addiction treatment program attend regular meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous or some other 12 step fellowship.

Apart from anything else, the main focus of going to meetings of these 12 step fellowships will actively encourage the clients who are in rehab that long-term sobriety and sober living is attainable and a real possibility in their lives.

Rehab Sober Living

The term sober living can sometimes be taken to extremes and this is an issue that needs to be flagged up and dealt with either in rehab or in early recovery. People will often enter a rehab or attend 12th at meetings in order to deal with a particular addiction alcohol or drugs.

Sometimes people will also be encouraged to break off other less serious addictions such as smoking, coffee/tea or sugar. This can often present an additional level of stress which is not only unwelcome but also potentially dangerous.

If someone has a problem with alcohol or drug addiction/alcoholism then that need to be their main focus of attention. Trying to get someone to effectively purify themselves is not only no one else’s business, but is also potentially extremely dangerous in terms of compromising a client’s commitment to sober living.

Sober living is a process whereby the individual does whatever they need to can do to free themselves of their addiction, and live a life free of the need to drink or take drugs.