What relates to length of stay in a sober living home among women with histories of victimization and addiction? A longitudinal analysis

Katie M. Edwards, Sarah E. Ullman, Laura Siller, Sharon B. Murphy, Ronald Harvey, Lorey Wheeler

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Abstract

Despite preliminary research suggesting that length of stay in sober living homes (SLHs) is related to sustained sobriety, little research has examined factors that relate to length of stay in SLHs. The purpose of the proposed exploratory study was to prospectively examine baseline characteristics of women with histories of addiction and victimization as correlates of length of stay in a trauma-informed, gender-responsive SLH. Participants (N = 45) were surveyed three times over a 1-year period. Women were invited to participate within a week of their arrival to the SLH. Nearly two-thirds (62.2%, n = 28) of women stayed under 3 months, and 37.8% (n = 17) of women stayed over 3 months. Whereas older age and greater financial worries were associated with staying over 3 months at the SLH, other variables (e.g., demographics, mental health, recent victimization, recent substance use) were unrelated. Findings indicate that efforts may be needed to ensure that younger women as well as women with less financial worries, who may be less likely to stay for longer periods of times at SLHs, have adequate support for sobriety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2508-2514
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume50
Issue number5
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • domestic violence
  • recovery
  • sexual violence
  • sober living home
  • substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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