The founder of One Life, Brett Johnson, can often be heard telling our clients that addiction is synonymous with loneliness, and opposite of community. Our addictions thrive when we isolate, so going home and being left to our own devices after a short time in treatment or a detox centre, is a metaphorical, and sometimes literal, death sentence. We will convince our loved ones and ourselves that we have learned our lesson and there is no way we will relapse. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case.
Sober living houses provide an in-house support group that you live with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Everyone in the house is there for one reason, and that is to stay sober. The camaraderie is contagious, and life long healthy bonds are formed. I can tell you this from personal experience, as one of my roommates was the groomsman at my wedding last year, and he continues to be a rock in my support group to this day.