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Substance use disorder (SUD), colloquially known as addiction, 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., drug-seeking behaviors and use) despite harmful consequences. The general treatment process for substance abuse and/ or addiction is often comprised of the following three stages in sequential order: detox, a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program, and aftercare. Transitioning into a sober living home typically arises as a component of one’s aftercare plan.  

Sober Living Basics

Sober living facilities are optional group homes that are transitional residences for individuals who have completed a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program. They offer newly sober individuals a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment, that provides supportive and structured living conditions, prior to returning home. Much like the wide array of substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment programs currently available, there are a plethora of specialized sober living facilities available, including female-only sober living. Sober living facilities are typically privately owned and operated. Each sober living facility will offer different amenities, have its own set of house rules and associated consequences when rules are not followed, have distinct expectations for its residents, and will vary in cost. The purpose of sober living is to provide its residents with the opportunity to take the necessary preparatory steps to fully reintegrate into society and further strengthen a foundation of recovery. 

Women’s Sober Living

Every individual is different and will have unique needs and preferences when it comes to recovering from substance abuse and/ or addiction. There are several options available for women that feel they may benefit from residing in a female-only sober living home. Some people are keen to live with other individuals of the same gender, as they find it to be comforting and the least distracting option, post-treatment. Gender-specific sober living facilities often eliminate the temptations that can arise when living in a co-ed situation. A female sober living home will cater more towards supporting the unique needs of women during this transition. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the length of time an individual spends in substance abuse treatment (including sober living) can directly increase his or her outcome in recovery. By moving into a female-only sober living, residents will embark on the transition back into society with the support of a built-in network of other sober women, which can be invaluable to one’s continued success. 

For Information and Support 

Substance abuse and addiction can be incredibly dangerous and can result in severe short and long-term consequences. If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse or addiction, please get help as soon as possible. The earlier you seek support, the sooner you and your loved ones can return to leading happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. There is no reason to go through this alone, and we are here to help. Please feel free to reach out to us for further information or with any questions regarding substance abuse or addiction. We are available anytime via telephone at: 213-389-9964, or you can always email us at:

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