Sober living houses, also known as sober homes, are facilities that serve as a helpful environment for those addicted to substances such as drugs and alcohol. They have become more popular for those struggling with addiction because of their 12-step programs, which have helped a large number of addicts become sober.

Sober homes have a long history dating back to 1830, where many began to crop up as a part of religious institutions like the Salvation Army and the YMCA. Today, there are many sober homes across America, but they are especially popular in places like Southern California. They serve all different demographics in America, like the New Life House, which has 30 years of experience helping young men battle addiction.

So why have these sober homes become so popular? Is a sober living house the right fit to help you battle your addictions?

Helping with transitional living

Sober homes are not the same as staying at a hospital or a rehab center, but at the same time, sober homes do not function the same way as regular life outside of rehab, either. For those who are just getting out of rehab and do not feel comfortable enough to go straight back to everyday life, sober homes can provide structure.

All sober homes have strict rules to help keep a sober environment for all people living inside of the community. This, of course, prohibits the use of drugs and alcohol in conjunction with testing to make sure everyone inside the facility has remained sober. They also require attendance in meetings and group therapy, which helps maintain a positive environment geared towards helping everyone recover safely and without judgement.

There are a wide variety of sober homes

No two sober homes are exactly the same. Though you may have to do research on the type of home that best suits your needs, you can be assured that there will be a proper home for anything you may require. You can find a home with like-minded individuals, or with people of the same race, gender, or socioeconomic status.

Some sober homes are a part of a coalition which helps structure the homes, like Clean and Sober Transitional Living (CSTL), which is a group in California which helps organize sober homes in California. Others can be standalone sober homes with an entirely separate set of rules. This can help with the individualization of the treatment in the facility, but one thing to be aware of is that you are not participating in a scam or fraudulent facility.

Your length of stay can be flexible

Some sober living houses have a set time in which you can stay, but most have an unlimited amount of time you are able to live there. Fewer than half of people living in a sober living house stay for 12 months or more. You will often be able to leave whenever you see fit and are fully recovered enough to be able to live on your own without a structured environment.

Many sober living homes are affordable

Unlike rehabilitation facilities, sober homes are privately owned and therefore are paid for by the people who live within it. Many sober homes are affordable to those who live off of government assistance, or for those who have full-time jobs or are supported by their family. Criminal justice systems are sometimes able to pay the fees for criminals who are eligible to receive assistance as well. So if you believe you should try a sober home, there are definitely places that are more affordable.

Published by Zoe Sewell