Is A Sober House A Good Idea?

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The road to recovery from substance abuse and/ or addiction is often comprised of the same broad steps (e.g., detox, formal substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program, and aftercare) the intricacies that make up each component will wholly depend on the individual’s unique needs. Sober living facilities are group homes for individuals who have recently completed a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program that wish to move into transitional housing prior to returning home. Instead of immediately returning home, sober living homes offer a drug and alcohol-free community environment that provides a greater level of support to enable its residents to continue integrating the newly learned tools and skills related to becoming self-reliant while maintaining sobriety. 

There is a plethora of sober living facilities available to those in need, each with distinct characteristics, located in different geographical areas, offering a variety of wide-ranging amenities. Every sober living facility has its own set of house rules, expectations of its residents, fees, and requirements. Each sober living home is different, and most are privately owned. Sober living facilities can range in price, depending on the location of the facility, amenities offered, and a variety of additional contributing factors. Most sober living facilities do not impose a time limit for its residents, enabling them to stay for as long as they need, provided they are able to pay for their stay and adhere to the rules and regulations of the facility. The purpose of a sober living house is to enable its residents take the necessary preparatory steps to fully reintegrate into society and further strengthen a foundation of recovery to enable prolonged and sustained sobriety. 

Every person that has successfully completed a formal substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program should have a customized aftercare plan that includes various relapse prevention methods. Residing in a group home that is made up of individuals with nuanced aftercare plans can be an instrumental resource to the community, as each provides an abundance of useful relapse prevention suggestions and resources. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the length of time an individual spends in substance abuse treatment (including sober living) can directly increase his or her outcome in recovery. 

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 welcomed to contact anytime us via email at

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