Are Sober Livings Free?

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Sober living facilities are alcohol and drug-free optional residential group homes for individuals to move into after completing a formal substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program. They offer a compromise between the high structure and accountability found in a residential treatment program and the freedom and lack of structure and accountability in an independent living situation. There is a wide variety of sober living options: from luxury sober living homes to modest sober living homes and everywhere in-between. Sober livings each hold distinct characteristics, are in different geographical areas, and offer a variety of wide-ranging amenities. Each sober living facility will have its own set of rules and regulations as well as corresponding consequences for violations. Sober living homes require its residents to abide by the house rules and expect its residents to be financially responsible for covering the costs associated with room and board.


Sober livings are not free. It is important to note that sober living homes, by definition, are not medical facilities. As such, very few insurance companies can provide any type of coverage or payout towards the expenses related to residing in a sober living facility. One of the reasons individuals move into a sober living home is to cultivate and nurture self-reliance. For this reason, residents are responsible for paying for the cost of their housing. Due to the variety of sober livings available, the costs and fees associated with residing at a sober living facility are wide-ranging. The price-tag of each sober living facility will be distinct, as the cost will depend on the location of the facility, amenities offered, and a variety of additional contributing factors. Most sober living facilities are privately owned, and charge accordingly. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) assert that the length of time an individual spends in substance abuse treatment (including sober living) can directly increase his or her outcome in recovery. Therefore, the cost of residing in a sober living facility hopefully amortizes over time, as it positively contributes to one’s continued sobriety.

For Information and Support 

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction, we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact us via email at

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