Sober Living for Men
Sober living at Westport House is a safe, supportive, and structured environment for individuals in early recovery to ease back into life.
When individuals complete residential treatment, they may need to explore other living options as an alternative to returning to their home, living by themselves, or with others who are not in recovery. For many, sober living can provide the support and structure necessary to strengthen recovery skills before transitioning to an independent living environment. The additional support and structure can help them gain confidence and develop the skills that support a productive and healthy life while conditioning them to respond in a positive way to the day-to-day triggers that can lead to relapse.
What is Sober Living at Westport House?
Sober living at Westport House is a supportive residential community designed to help men navigate early sobriety, identifying challenges and sharing successes — while successfully reintegrating into the workplace, family, and other commitments.
We offer a strong community of residents, alumni, and staff, high engagement with residents, and a high staff-to-resident ratio so that residents feel comfortable, safe, and supported during their processes of recovery. Westport House staff provide the guidance, expertise, and understanding for residents to build a rich and meaningful life of sobriety.
Our sober living homes are well furnished, spacious and clean, and equipped with the right structure and resources to facilitate sobriety. Residents provide each other with friendship, support, and accountability. House managers help residents learn or relearn life skills, self-care, and enforce standards that promote introspection and keep residents on the right course. We foster drama-free, healthy sober environments where residents can grow in recovery.
A Model of Community Support
Living in a sober community is an opportunity to develop new, supportive relationships with others that are also on the journey toward recovery – both in the homes and the community. Many individuals suffering from dependence to drugs and alcohol find themselves isolated and alone, often without meaningful relationships, while bonds with family and friends buckle under the weight of a substance use disorder. During early recovery, individuals are able to develop bonds with others as they continue to develop and heal in recovery. The sense of community and lack of isolation are just some of the benefits individuals receive from sober living.
There is power in being a member of a community of like-minded people, all working to improve themselves for the better. Sober living can be a way to build a network of people you can rely on to support your new life in recovery.
Benefits of Sober Living
The evidence supporting sober living as an effective method for recovering addicts and alcoholics to maintain abstinence over the long-term is clear. For instance, a study published in the December 2010 issue of The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs demonstrated positive long-term outcomes for 300 individuals in two different sober living homes. Improvements were indicated among residents regarding the reduction in alcohol and drug use, a reduction in arrests, a decrease of psychiatric symptoms, and increased rates of employment. Factors that contributed to these outcomes were the social network that was utilized, including more involvement in AA and NA meetings and a supportive substance-free residential community.
“Lack of a stable, alcohol and drug free living environment can be a serious obstacle to sustained abstinence…Involvement in 12-step groups and characteristics of the social network were strong predictors of outcome, reaffirming the importance of social and environmental factors in recovery.”
– The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, December, 2010
Westport House Sober Living Amenities
- Men’s sober living homes are located in the beautiful and historic shoreline community of Westport, Connecticut.
- On-site case management and recovery coaching.
- Integrated clinical services including IOP, individual therapy, psychiatric and medication management services, MAT, and more within walking distance.
- Transportation for work, school, clinical, and recovery meetings.
- SOBERLINK Alcohol Monitoring System for a higher level of structure and accountability.
- Job opportunities, shopping, and restaurants within walking distance.
- Drug testing is performed three times per week.
- Regular family workshops led by a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in substance use disorders.
- Membership to Westport YMCA located minutes from the homes.
- Regular recreation and fitness activities.
- Financial management & budgeting.
- Recovery community immersion (AA, NA, SMART Recovery, and Refuge Recovery).
- Weekly goal setting and follow-up to promote accountability.
- Weekly communications with client’s family and treatment teams.
- The men’s sober living homes offer wireless internet, cable, and flat-screen televisions.
- Men’s sober living homes located in a beautiful and safe residential neighborhood near downtown Westport.