Sober Living

What Is Sober Living?

Sober living housing promotes an environment that is conducive to a drug and alcohol free life-style. Many people choose to move into these homes with other recovering addicts to give positive group support. It is recommended that individuals opt for sober living because it creates a foundation for life-long sobriety.

Where Are Sober Living Homes?

Sober living homes are usually in single family residence, multi-unit complex or duplex located in residential areas. They are commonly individually owned or run by a small partnership. Those that choose to continue their recovery at one of these homes are required to comply with a strict set of rules that encourage recovery and life without drugs. Sober living homes are usually gender specific. 

Rules Commonly Enforced at Sober Living Homes

The following are rules that are typically seen to be strictly enforced in sober living homes:

  • Zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol being used in the home or by those that live in the home.
  • Zero tolerance for violence, harassment, theft, sex in the home.
  • There is usually a curfew as well as an absence policy.
  • Residents must pay rent on time.
  • Residents must buy their own food.
  • Residents must have a means of employment whether it be a job or school.
  • Residents are required to attend a minimum number of 12 Step meetings per week.
  • Residents must perform daily house chores.

Consequences of incompliancy can result in fines and/or immediate ejection from the home. 

How Much Sober Living Homes Cost

The cost of sober living is dependent upon location, services provided and how many people are living in the home. Rent typically costs anywhere between $250 and $1500, but there are exceptions of higher-end sober living homes that can cost more. Because those living at a sober living facility are not considered tenants, there is often no security deposit and they can be ejected upon the discretion of the home owners at any time.

How Long Do People Have To Stay At Sober Living

Due to residents at sober living not being considered tenants, they are not required to sign a term of lease. Residents usually stay from 90 days to a year. The goal is to get people ready for their lives of sobriety so once they are ready, recovering addicts are encouraged to continue life independently.


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