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Why Self-Care Is Everything for Sober Home Owners and Staff

Preventing burnout

As a sober living home owner or staff member, you are constantly providing support and guidance to residents in recovery.  By prioritizing self-care, you not only maintain your emotional and physical well-being but also make the best long-term career investment, allowing you to continue effectively supporting your residents.

Modeling healthy behavior

By engaging in self-care practices, you demonstrate the importance of self-care to your residents, setting a positive example for them to follow. This not only helps you but also contributes to their recovery process, as they learn the value of self-care in maintaining sobriety.

Maintaining personal boundaries

Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries is essential in any caregiving role. Self-care practices can help you maintain these boundaries, ensuring that you do not become overly enmeshed in the lives of your residents.

Tips you might not have considered:

1. Lean on your network 

...of people in the business who understand the unique challenges of working in a sober living home. 

2. Never stop learning

Continuous learning makes your work more fun, interesting, and dynamic, providing new perspectives and strategies for supporting your residents.

3. Set realistic expectations & practice gratitude.

Many people in recovery tend to want "more more more." It's important to set realistic expectations and appreciate what you have accomplished. 


In order to provide the best possible support to residents in a sober living home, it is essential for owners and staff to prioritize self-care. By incorporating self-care practices into your daily routine, you can maintain your emotional and physical well-being, prevent burnout, and set a positive example for your residents. Remember, taking care of yourself is a critical aspect of ensuring the overall success and effectiveness of your sober living home.