Recovery doesn’t end when treatment is over. Sober living and recovery homes provide ongoing structure and support by cultivating a drug-free lifestyle where you can live safely and comfortably with like-minded peers.
Sober living is also commonly called recovery housing, a recovery home, or independent living. It offers a monitored living environment for people in recovery from drugs or alcohol. You can live in a recovery home while you’re attending addiction treatment, and some people continue living in recovery housing even after finishing treatment.
These homes help people maintain sobriety through specific rules and regulations. A house manager oversees the home. They make sure people understand the rules and follow them, conduct drug tests, and provide ongoing support to the residents.
Residing in a sober living house can be a lot of fun! Some people compare the environment to living in a college dorm. In simple terms, you’re living among other peers excited about their recovery.
All sober living environments are different. Some homes have shared rooms and bathrooms; others have private options. Some homes attract a variety of clients, while other homes cater to specific populations, such as:
Every sober living environment has house rules. Common ones include:
A sober living home allows you to integrate your recovery into your life in the real world. Most residents attend outpatient treatment, work, or go to school during the day. They return home by curfew. For some people, this option provides a necessary alternative to a toxic home environment. The goal of a sober living home is to be safe, stable, and supportive.
Sober living is housing. There are no clinical services offered at the facility because it’s not considered treatment. If you’re receiving formal treatment, like partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient, you’ll attend your sessions at a treatment center and return to your recovery home at night. If you’re not in a treatment program through a treatment facility, you may be attending 12-step meetings in the community or another group.
Many people are ready to transition into sober living after completing detox and residential treatment. Sober living can be a fantastic resource for people still receiving outpatient services as well. It can also be helpful for people who have finished treatment altogether. Sober living can be a good choice for almost anyone!
There are a few things you can do to help you make a decision:
Moving into and out of a sober living home is a choice. And there’s no rule about how long you should stay. Some people reside in recovery homes for a few months. Others may stay for a year or longer. Typically, as long as you abide by the rules, you are free to remain in the home as long as you need.
If you feel ready to leave, it’s a good idea to talk about your feelings with someone else. Impulsive decisions can be dangerous in early recovery. Consider talking with your counselor, therapist, or a trusted friend. It’s essential to have a secure living plan.
After sober living, most residents obtain their own housing. They may choose to live with other sober roommates, or they may return to their family. Some people opt to live alone.
Ideally, you will learn essential life skills in your sober living. It’s okay if you don’t know how to cook or do laundry when you arrive. You will learn, and you will be that much more prepared to manage your own living arrangement afterwards!
That said, regardless of your housing, it’s important to stay connected with your recovery community. Addiction can fester in isolation. Be mindful of the risk of relapse, and take care of yourself and your sobriety.
No, insurance does not cover sober living homes because sober living isn’t treatment. Residents are responsible for paying their rent each month.
The cost of sober living depends on the location and the type of home itself. Some homes have special amenities like:
Homes with these amenities tend to cost more. Make sure you understand the fees before moving in. If finances are a concern, some sober living homes offer sliding-scale costs.
Recovery can be undoubtedly challenging. Having extra support and accountability makes a tremendous difference. Knowing that you’re living among other sober people can help you stay on the right path. You’ll feel safe, comfortable, and motivated to keep moving forward yourself.
Over 70% of Footprints to Recovery patients choose recovery home living. If you are interested in or decide you need sober living, our admissions coordinators will work with you to connect you to honest, safe, and nurturing providers in our communities. Contact us about our availability.
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