Sober Living Guide

Sober Living Homes

What is Sober living?

Sober living homes (halfway houses) often useful for addicts who have finished an alcohol or drug program, allowing them to continue informal treatment for their substance use disorder. Sober living homes have very affordable living arrangements that help individuals get back on their feet while having support from others who are also in recovery.

When finding a sober living home, there will be guidelines and strict rules that need to be followed in order to enter the house and stay there. The houses are owned and managed by either an individual or organization that creates the rules for being accepted which can be different for each home. All sober living and halfway house have a universal rule of zero tolerance for alcohol use and drug use, and drug testing to ensure sobriety. Other rules could be:

  • Participation in a 12-step home-group
  • Participation in an outpatient substance abuse programs
  • Curfews
  • Daily 12-step meeting attendance
  • Daily house chores
  • Intense outpatient treatment off-site
  • Assignment to a sponsor in a 12-step program
  • Two weekly mandatory house 12-step meetings
  • Weekly mandatory house meetings
  • Prompt payment of rent

Residents usually sign a written agreement or contract regarding the rules and regulations for the sober living home.

What is the cost of sober living?

The cost of sober living can be as low as $100–$300 a month, allowing those recovering from addiction to have a stable and safe place to live. Depending on the area and services provided, such as a chef, the cost can be $2,000 and up, but most will fall around $400–$800 a month, and most don't require first and last months’ rent.

How long can you stay in sober living house?

The duration of stay at a sober living home varies from person to person; most people stay 3–12 months. In most cases, if people continue to follow the house rules, then they're able to stay as long as needed. It has been shown that people who stay at a sober living home between 166 and 254 days go on to have fewer problems:

  • Less alcohol and drugs use
  • Lower arrest rates
  • Higher employment rates
  • More stable housing arrangements