Once an individual has completed inpatient treatment, he or she will transfer to sober living – a house with other sober people, who are all working towards the same common goal. Generally, sober living housing is suggested for between six and nine months, depending on the length of inpatient treatment. During sober living, an individual will attend an aftercare program. Generally, this will consist of several hours of individual and group therapy, between three and five times per week. Additionally, 12-step meeting attendance will be mandatory, as will getting a job and abiding by ‘house rules’. As mentioned before, the first year of recovery requires a lot of hard work, but once the first year has passed, you will undeniably feel a sense of fulfillment and authentic happiness you have never known. Heck, you’ll probably begin experiencing those feelings within the first three months.