A sober living home provides a structured support system to those recovering from addiction. These facilities provide structure while teaching sober living requirements and designing a treatment plan that is personal and effective in each stage of the recovery process.

How Is a Sober Living Home Different from a Halfway House?

One common misconception is that sober living homes and transitional residences are no different from halfway houses. While both options provide transitional services for patients in recovery, a sober living home differs significantly in its personalized nature and cost structure.

Halfway houses are often run by government programs or social services, similar to a dormitory with many residents who are either on probation or homeless.  Sober living homes, by contrast, exist specifically to provide personalized recovery support and house fewer clients under the same roof.  Cost is also a difference. Halfway houses may be less expensive than sober living homes, but sober living insurance programs can help mitigate the cost of this specialized treatment.

What Are the Different Stages of Recovery?

Recovery looks different for each individual, however the process does typically follow a set of predictable stages:

  1. Awareness and Acceptance: The client becomes aware of the problem and accepts that their behavior is affecting their loved ones.
  2. Consideration: The client becomes ready to take the first step toward active, meaningful change.
  3. Exploring Recovery: The client integrates new daily habits including moderation and abstinence.
  4. Early Recovery: The client successfully changes bad habits but mourns the loss of former friends and copes with a new, difficult lifestyle.
  5. Active Recovery and Maintenance: The client shows visible, sustained sobriety, has fully left behind former friends, and understands that sobriety is a lifelong commitment.

What Are the Rules of a Sober Living Home?

Following specific sober living requirements is crucial to success in a sober living home. Many expect their residents to complete rehab or detox. Residents may also be required to stay on the premises for the first 30 days of their stay. Random drug tests two to three times per week are a norm. Strict daily routines are also enforced to ensure accountability and success.

How Much Will I Expect to Pay in Sober Living Costs?

Costs vary widely and are determined by the type of services provided and local cost of living. Inexpensive programs may charge only a few hundred dollars per month in rent, while more expensive programs may cost into the thousands by the time the program is done. Insurance usually does not cover rent, utilities and household bills, but mental health and rehabilitation services are typically covered. Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act mandate that insurance covers certain aspects of recovery treatment. Check with your insurance provider about pre-authorizations, reimbursement and coverage options or limits.

How Can I Get the Help I Need?

Many effective treatments are available for those ready to change. When you enroll in a sober living home, expect to be supported with daily therapy sessions, outpatient care, mind-body healing, family workshops, peer mentoring, recreational and social bonding, life skills coaching and job training. Learn how we can help you rediscover your best self and enjoy a fun, meaningful life.