These homes are designed to house residents in recovery, who agree to pay rent, participate in chores and follow house rules. The number one rule in these homes is to remain sober, and random drug testing may be performed to ensure residents abide by that rule.

What is Sober Living?

Sober living programs are typically used to provide transitional housing for people that have successfully completed addiction treatment but are not yet ready to live on their own. The primary purpose of these homes to encourage long-term sobriety through support and accountability, since the longer an individual can go without a relapse, the less likely a relapse will occur. While peer support is typically available at these homes, therapy sessions may or may not be included. Residents are usually expected to attend 12-step meetings while living in the home to ensure they have mentoring and support as they ease toward a sober lifestyle on their own.

Who is Sober Living for?

Sober living homes may be a good choice for any or all of the following:

  • People who are ready to leave addiction treatment but aren’t yet ready to live on their own
  • Those that cannot afford residential therapy but require additional support
  • Individuals that may not have another residence to return to after finishing their treatment program
  • People that need additional assistance with social skills or employment transition

While it is not typically a requirement for individuals to completed a residential or outpatient treatment program before moving into a sober living home, this situation is not appropriate for those requiring detox until a proper detox program has been completed. Withdrawal symptoms during detox can require ongoing medical monitoring and support, which is not available at most sober living homes.

Sober living homes can be an effective way for some people to transition from addiction treatment to daily life. However, they are not right for everyone. To learn more about this transitional living or find out if there are sober living homes near you, contact Treatment Now.