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Addiction recovery is a long-term process; it takes patience and understanding of the substance abuser and the family. The critical point to initiating rehab from addiction is accepting and acknowledging the personal behaviors and struggles with substance abuse. After that, it is obligatory to move on to the next level: finding a better treatment to achieve physical and mental well-being.


This recovery or rehab needs constant support and care. Building a trustworthy relationship with the addict is necessary for a positive outcome. This outcome requires continual maintenance and dedication. There are numerous ways to start a rehab before entering a rehab center; the first one is enrolling in a detox program. Many outpatient and inpatient facilities provide therapy in a comfortable environment to help an addict fully recover and live an everyday healthy life.

What Are Sober Living Homes?

Sober living houses (SLHs), also known as sober homes, offer safe housing and supportive, organized living settings for persons who completed a drug recovery program. Between such programs and mainstream society, it functions as a transitional environment. These sober living homes have some restrictions and rules to keep the residents safe and help them to recover completely.


Sober houses, sometimes referred to as halfway or transitioning society, do not provide facilities the same as an inpatient rehabilitation center, but it is a step down for the substance abusers and provide a bridge between rehab centers and the natural world to learn new skills and provide a suitable environment to get fully recovered from the addiction before they return to their homes. These SLHs give a drug and alcohol-free habitat for the person who wants to become abstinent from the substance and strive for long-term recovery.

Who Lives In These Sober Homes?

Any person who wants to start a new life after rehab but needs to modify and practice their newly learned skills and strategies can choose a sober living facility. It is a gap between regular life and inpatient centers, which have fewer restrictions and are very close to a typical living habitat. These SLHs encourage healthy activities like working, chores, and meeting with people who can relate to each other. They provide peer support in maintaining abstinence. 


The minimum days a person must spend in a sober home after an inpatient facility is almost 90 days, but it can be as long as you want. The goal is to lead a sober and disciplined life after spending quality time in SLHs.


“The most important thing I can do in my life remains clean and sober to be a testament that recovery is possible. The halfway house was an integral part of the learning process. When I was there, I saw women fail and women succeed. I learned from these women and found friends in recovery.”


- Rachel T., Valley Hope Association

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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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What Do Sober Homes Provide?

What do sober homes provide?

Sober living houses are less restrictive than inpatient rehab centers because they allow the residents to move outside the campus and continue their work and everyday activities. Following are the things you will obtain in a Sober Living Home:

  • A healthy living habitat with restricted access to drugs and alcohol.

  • No ceremonial treatment service but a firmly motivated appearance at 12-step self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

  • Enhance essential learning of money management and business skills.

  • Participation in home activities like cooking, washing utensils and clothes, cleaning, etc.

  • Attend group meetings.

  • All residents have to obey home rules strictly.

  • Residents who are already living there show full support to newcomers.

  • They are paying rent and other expenses by working there.

  • They are allowing individuals to live there as long as they want.

What Are The Benefits of Sober Living Homes?

Benefits of sober homes
  • Will insurance cover drug and alcohol rehab?
    Private insurance is the most common and effective payment method for addiction treatment. It can pay for a significant number, if not all, of your rehabilitation appointments. Thanks to the efforts by private lobbyists and the government, rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction is now a mandatory benefit under insurance after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Paying for addiction treatment
    Ways to Pay for Addiction Treatment Here are the five points for financing that might be helpful for your treatment: ​ 1. Insurance 2. Self-Pay or Payment plan 3. Loan or second mortgage 4. Funding or Scholarships 5. Family Insurance ​ If a person has some benefits, they can use them for treatment and take advantage of insurance. If you use health insurance providers so that you can recover yourself from addiction because they collect payment regularly or they have scheduled their income as well. Self-Pay ​ The second method is self-pay, and in this method, you can pay for treatment in lump sums or months and create a payment plan so that you can pay weekly, monthly, or whatever you choose the way to treat. Loan ​ The third method to pay is a loan. You can take a loan or a second mortgage from those homeowners. Funding or Scholarships ​ If you do some research, then you can find a lot of funding or scholarships for you that are available to you there. Family The last method to pay is family. Your family can help you financially with your treatment. There are many options available for you as a key for financial assistance so that you can choose one of these methods for addiction treatment.
  • Will I lose my job if I go to rehab?
    Employees who get treatment for addiction while still at work are protected by the ADA and other laws like the MHPAEA, the ACA, and the Family Medical Leave Act, which all work together to make them eligible to return to work after the treatment.
  • How much does addiction treatment cost?
    Depending on your needs, treatment options for addiction vary from extensive medical detox to inpatient (or residential) care plans to less intensive outpatient ones. If your addiction is chronic or you are also grappling with a dual diagnosis, then long-term care at a residential facility is often the best option; but it is more costly. It's even more expensive when your situation necessitates the consultation of many specialists and the administration of costly drugs.
  • When is it time to go to rehab?
    Many believe that a person does not need to go to rehab, even if they struggle with the most severe addiction withdrawal symptoms. Still, studies show that last year almost 100,000 people died in the United States due to substance use disorder or overdoses. As 22 million people are suffering from addiction to either drugs or alcohol, there is a need to talk about this subject more casually. Many people don’t go to rehab because they feel ashamed of being addicted. There is a need to make them realize that no one can judge them if they see any symptoms; they should decide to visit a rehab as soon as possible.

Living in a society where a person meets people with the same experiences and history is comforting. Knowing that you are not alone in a specific journey, struggling and fighting to lead a drug or alcohol-free life makes you more confident and encourages sticking to it. When you choose to live in a sober living facility, it provides you with structured independence without distraction from drugs or alcohol. There are some key benefits of living in a sober living environment.

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In 2010, the Journal of Substance Treatment conducted a study on SLHs, which proposed that residents of sober living houses improved drug and alcohol abuse, employment, and crimes committed. This concludes that living in a sober home in the early stages of recovery can restore mental health and positive thinking towards life and encourage sober living without misuse of any substance or alcohol.

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