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Why Sober Living?

A sober living home creates fellowship and community that can help you get back to a life where you are happy and fulfilled. The proper support, combined with a safe environment and first hand know-how will guide you to experience a new way of being and behaving. A sober living environment reinforces honesty and integrity as it supports you on your journey to acquiring a great new lifestyle.

You are more likely to maintain long-term sobriety by entering and committing to a structured transitional living environment, like Tharros House. The longer you stay, the better your chances. That’s why we encourage our clients to consider staying 6 months to one year. Time matters.  And the quality of support matters.

A study of 300 individuals whom resided in Sober Living Homes (SLH) was published in 2010 by a division of the NIH (National Institute of Health) (Douglas L. Polcin, 2010).  That study found that freestanding SLH’s offer enough structure, with no formal treatment, creating an optimal environment for residents ready for the next step. SLH’s provide an environment for individuals capable of handling a fair amount of autonomy and wish to take personal responsibility for their recovery.

Results showed that for those with addictions who entered a SLH, 6- month abstinence rates improved from  11% at baseline to 68% at 6 and 12 months. A related study concluded that  “residents in SLHs made significant improvements in a variety of area’s, including alcohol and drug use, employment, psychiatric severity, and arrests.”  (Douglas L. Polcin E. R.,  2010)

Why Tharros House?

Not all sober living homes are the same and in fact beyond the differences in “amenities”, there are many other important factors to consider. The road to recovery from alcoholism and addiction requires significant emotional, behavioral, and intellectual changes. This might sound scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’ve just completed a drug detox, alcohol rehab, or any other kind of substance abuse treatment, we know recovery takes time and we know that you’re worth it. Whatever your primary treatment method, you’ve had a great start because your body is now free of alcohol and drugs. We want to help you transition to a fulfilled and enjoyable life in sobriety. We have experience helping clients achieve success and every decision we’ve made in the development and management of Tharros House centers around your success.

Tharros offers more than a traditional sober living.  Each individual is supported to make his own choices in his recovery.  Tharros offers an extensive and flexible peer support program to helps clients navigate important changes and decisions. Our team provides support to ongoing clinical work as part of that process.

​Some treatment facilities provide care for 30, 60 or 90+ days. If you’ve completed a program like this, you’re probably feeling very good about your recovery, as you should. Great job! At Tharros House, we want to help you achieve your life goals and long­-term sobriety with the tools and foundation you’ve already acquired. Leaving a residential, inpatient, or outpatient treatment environment is often more challenging than expected. You’ve changed, but the people, places, and things around you haven’t. Perhaps you’re returning to work or school. Some of the same triggers you had before can be reactivated and we recognize how frustrating and upsetting that can be. Let our community support you in that transition. Our team members have all been where you are now.

​We encourage you to plan on staying at Tharros House for the your first 1-3 months after treatment; as you start to build your life in recovery, we offer less structured housing to provide the right level of support, community, and accountability at each stage. Our experience has been that once our clients arrive at Tharros House, they understand and feel the benefits. You are not locked in to any long term agreements, but we do ask that you come planning to stay for at least 60 days.  After your initial period at Tharros, you may wish to explore our less structured home, Teras.

The ability to spend 6 months to a year in a supportive environment allows you to learn more about yourself and your addiction. Our support program will afford you support while you mend relationships with family and friends. We know that you can have more fun and a much better life in sobriety; we also know that you’re having a hard time believing that statement right now.

What to expect

At Tharros House, you can expect to meet other male residents who are committed to their sobriety, have completed some form of primary treatment, and pass regular unannounced breathalyzer and urine tests. Our community offers extensive structure, much of which is optional.  Peer to peer support is an essential component of recovery and The Tharros House only accepts residents who have made a commitment to giving recovery a chance; we work together as a community to overcome the challenges in early recovery.

​When you arrive at the house, you will undergo an initial discussion and orientation with the Program Director, including a dialogue on the past events that led you here. Together, we will start discussing what you want to achieve by engaging the support at Tharros. There are general rules of the house that everyone is required to follow. However, experience has shown us, not every person with an addiction or alcoholism is the same. Our program isn’t cookie ­cutter; we want to get to know you and help ensure that you have what is necessary for you to achieve your goals. We help you see, what it is about you, you may have a hard time seeing.

How we differ

Our program leadership are all Boston natives. They pull from experiences with various sources of intervention including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoanalytical Therapy, Hypnosis, Acupuncture, Yoga, Meditation, Family Therapy, as well as  Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery fellowships.

Tharros House approaches recovery by looking at both abstinence and your life satisfaction/ happiness.  We employ the tenants of positive psychology to help identify what areas of your life will benefit the most from your attention, ultimately helping you achieve your goals and a life that you look forward to living!  Tharros house has a great number of resources and we can refer you to therapists, programs, and licensed professionals as needed. Ultimately, you decided who can help you the most.  Perhaps you have a connection with a therapist or life coach that you want to continue.  Great!  We encourage you to keep what works and add resources where it will benefit your recovery. There are no referral fees and our vetted licensed professionals accept a variety of insurances.  We have the sole goal of connecting you with the providers who will help you the most -­ Period.

With 24/7 management and support , we can help you find an appropriate job, connect with the recovery community through volunteer opportunities and activities, find the right treatment resources, and build a foundation in sobriety.  Learning to live a happy life free of alcohol and drugs takes time,  but you can do it if you want to.