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What Kind of Housing Should I Choose in Recovery?

What Kind of Housing Should I Choose in Recovery?

Gender specific housing may benefit residents allowing them to focus on their recovery

Now that you have taken control of your addiction and taken the first steps of recovery in rehab, you have many decisions to make. Deciding what kind of housing you should live in after rehab is just one of several choices to be made. However, it is also one of the most important decisions you will make in your recovery. The environment you live in sets the stage for your recovery experience. Three options after leaving rehab include returning home, relocating, and moving into halfway housing.

Returning Home

After leaving rehab, most recovering addicts opt to simply return to the place they lived prior to the start of treatment. This is the most realistic and practical option for many addicts, especially those who are unable to invest the money or time into any of the other housing options. Familiarity is one of the primary benefits of returning home after rehab. The returning addict will not have to worry about becoming accustomed to a new environment, which is usually comfortable. However, returning may also be disadvantageous for some people, particularly when the home environment is not conducive to recovery.


Moving to a new location can sometimes be the best option for those who currently live in a triggering or unrewarding environment. For example, a recovering addict who lives with other drug-users may need to move to a new location where the temptation of drug use will not be present. Relocation can also be great for those who simply need a new change of pace. Perhaps the greatest downside to relocating is that new stressors can contribute to the risk of relapse. Moving is not only financially demanding, but can also introduce the stress of adapting to an unfamiliar environment.

Halfway Housing

Halfway housing, sometimes called recovery houses or sober living homes, are set up as a way of ensuring the optimal recovery environment after leaving rehab. This form of housing helps to reintegrate addicts back into the routine of daily life in a way that reduces stress and enhances the recovery experience.

When sorting through the many sober living programs available to you in recovery, there is often more to consider than the structure of the program. One of the biggest decisions that must be made is whether you prefer co-ed or gender specific housing. Knowing the pros and cons of each can help you make the most appropriate choice of housing for your personal needs.

Gender specific housing is beneficial in that residents can more easily focus on their recovery without the distraction of possible romantic interest. On the other hand, residents of gender specific housing might find that they are in an unrealistic environment and that later integration with the other gender is more difficult.

Co-ed housing may be best for those who thrive around the opposite gender, but are still able to remain focused on their own needs and goals. Many people find, however, that the presence of the opposite gender can be both distracting and uncomfortable in times of emotional vulnerability.

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Recovering from addiction can help you find health and happiness in your life. Therefore, if you or a loved one has become addicted to drugs or alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about treatments for drug and alcohol addiction.

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