When it comes to sober living, gender-specific treatment is especially important. Men and women experience unique challenges once they begin transitioning to independent living. Gender-specific intensive outpatient treatment allows residents to address these issues confidently in a safe and judgement-free setting. Men and women are separated in the sober living houses themselves for obvious reasons. It is also absolutely crucial that individuals who are new to sobriety learn to develop meaningful friendships with members of the same sex. In many cases these friendships will go on to last a lifetime.
How Long Will Sober Living Last?
As previously mentioned, the length of one’s stay in sober living depend heavily on personal progress. In most cases, an individual will remain in sober living for between three and six months. However, nine month-long stays are also common, especially if treatment goals are not being met or an individual is experiencing post-acute withdrawal symptoms. If the addictive disorder was severe, post-acute withdrawal symptoms might persist for up to a year. These symptoms are not dangerous or life-threatening, but they can be uncomfortable – and they can include psychological cravings. If such symptoms persist, it is best that they are continuously overseen in a clinical care setting. If a resident takes all of his or her treatment goals seriously and shows significant progress, a three month stay will be the most likely.