Sober home living can be beneficial to anyone who is looking for a stable environment to assist them in transitioning from an inpatient program to living a free, independent and sober life. Sober living homes offer the flexibility and freedom of living on your own while still reinforcing lessons learned in rehab. Most sober homes require individuals to have successfully completed some inpatient recovery program in order to live at the residence.
What is a sober living home?
Sober living homes are group homes which are completely free of drugs or alcohol. It is essentially like renting a home with roommates- except with more rules. The residents are there to adjust to daily life outside of an inpatient rehab program. They do so while being surrounded by a supportive community of people also recovering from addiction. Residents will typically pay rent and pull their fair share of work by cleaning and maintaining the property. Individuals will also likely have to actively participate in regular meetings and some homes may require random drug testing. Homes may also have a resident manager who supervises the house and enforces the rules.
However, for the most part, residents are in complete control of their own recovery. This allows them to develop strong life management skills and increases their chances at long-term sobriety. They are free to come and go as they please whether that be for work, family or leisure activities.
Often times, someone in recovery will relapse and go back to their old life where they are surrounded by negative influences. Addiction is considered a chronic disease which means it has the same relapse rates as other chronic illnesses such as hypertension and asthma. Therefore, relapse is not only possible, but likely. Sober living homes, however, can take some of that pressure off by placing individuals in a highly supportive but monitored environment. At Reflections, we offer an Aftercare Plan for individuals who are looking for continued support in their journey to life-long sobriety.
What is the difference between a sober house and halfway house?
It can be easy to confuse sober homes and halfway homes as they essentially provide the same service. However, halfway homes are typically associated with government housing which is provided as a transition for those recovering from addiction. In some cases, halfway homes are reserved for formerly incarcerated individuals (though this is not always the case). Halfway homes also tend to be cheaper than sober living homes as they are more crowded, state funded and provide less amenities.
According to a study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, the essential characteristics of a sober living home which distinguished itself from a halfway home are:
1) An alcohol and drug free living environment for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs.
2) Members are either mandated or strongly encouraged to attend 12-step self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
3) Required compliance with house rules such as maintaining abstinence, paying rent and other fees, participating in household chores and attending house meetings.
4) Resident responsibility for financing rent and other costs.
5) Residents are able to stay in the house as long as they wish if they comply with house rules.
How much do sober living homes cost?
Sober homes will typically cost the same as an apartment in the area you are looking at. Locations such as San Francisco or New York will cost more than our locations in Prescott. They can range from $300/mo to $2000/mo.
Some homes will accept insurance however it is up to your insurance company to determine how much they will cover. Reach out to the home and work directly with them and your insurance to see how you can cover costs.
It is possible your insurance will not cover any of the costs or you do not have insurance. However, you still have some options to pay for your sober living:
- Scholarships: Some homes will offer its residents scholarships if they have shown commitment and dedication to staying sober.
- Finance the cost: Using your personal savings, bank loans or credit cards can help you pay for a sober house.
- Earn an Income: Sober homes allow you to come and go as you please which provides the opportunity to work and earn an income.
- Payment Plan: Some homes will allow you to set up a payment plan which will break down the overall cost of living into bite size chunks.
How long can I stay in a sober home?
The duration of your stay will differ depending on your needs. However, people can spend anywhere from 3-24 months at a sober home. Generally speaking, this will allow you adequate time to situate yourself with a job and develop confidence in your sobriety.
As stated above, often those in recovery face challenges to their sobriety when they return to the same life. Often, though not always, people were in situations that contributed to substance abuse and addiction. It is important to seek help for as long as needed. Further, a good treatment center will help patients figure out the best plan after completing treatment. Sober living is important to recovery and should not be discounted. In recovery, the initial few months and even year are often the most vulnerable.
Continue Your Journey With Us
Time at a sober living home is limited. Therefore it is important that you develop skills, relationships and resources to maintain sobriety when you eventually leave. Here at Reflections we emphasize the necessary skills to best prevent or manage relapse and continued sobriety. However, in order to reside in a sober home, you must successfully complete an inpatient rehab program such as the ones we offer at our Prescott location. We are here to help you on your journey, contact us today if you or a loved one is in need of assistance.