After you’ve completed your addiction rehabilitation — as in, you’ve undergone a medical detox, addiction treatment, and are now fully sober — you’ll find yourself standing at a crossroads of two potential paths you can take.
The first one leads directly to independent living. You’ll either return to your previous home or establish a new one, find a job (if you don’t already have one), and embark on the journey that is your new sober life.
If you choose this route, you will be fully independent. You’ll no longer be in a program monitored by medical professionals, or have any sort of formal accountability outside of individual therapy. For some people, this is exactly what they’re ready for after completing their addiction treatment.
The second path leads to a sober living house. Also known as transitional housing; no longer referred to as halfway housing, which is now entirely different. This is an option for those who have completed their addiction rehabilitation, but want or need additional support before transitioning into fully independent living.
If this route sounds more like what you’re needing right now, you’ll be living in a home with other people, typically of your gender, all of which have completed their addiction treatment. In a sober living home you’ll most likely be required to attend a support group or therapy in order to promote accountability in your sobriety.
Many sober homes also provide vocational and educational support, structured days and activities, and it’s not uncommon to have a house “manager” who oversees the home.
When you realize a sober living home is the best choice for you, often the first question is about how much it’s going to cost.
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The cost of sober living homes
The cost of living in a sober living home varies greatly. Some of the factors that go into the cost are location, type of residence—if it’s a large house in an affluent neighborhood, versus a simpler apartment complex—and amenities, both on-site and separately, as provided by the sober living program.
In addition, the nature of the program will also contribute to the overall cost of the home. Some sober living programs are less about being a program and more of providing structure to the residents’ individual lives, which would typically lower the cost.
The more expensive programs are very much designed like a recovery program, where not only is your day structured, but you have mandated meetings or therapy sessions. There will be activities you’ll be encouraged to engage in, as well as other responsibilities you’ll be entrusted to uphold.
With all of that said and all of those different factors considered, in most cases, the monthly cost of sober living homes ranges anywhere from $500 to $2000, though certain homes charge as low as $300, while others as much as $10,000.
Whether this cost is higher or lower than you were anticipating, you have a variety of payment options to choose from.
Your different financial options
Seeking employment prior to or promptly after enrolling in a sober living home is strongly encouraged, as this is not only beneficial to your sobriety, but gives you a reliable source of income for regular expenses, including rent to a sober living house.
Not everyone is ready to work a job after completing addiction treatment, though, and in these cases, many sober living homes recognize they might not be the most affordable out-of-pocket care. They often integrate insurance into an available payment method to make the cost more affordable.
At the end of the day, we’re rooting for your sobriety, and we want to help you achieve and sustain it in whatever way we can.