Who Runs Sober Houses?

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The owners and operators of sober living houses have shifted throughout the years. The earliest models of sober living homes, known as “dry hotels” or “lodging houses” began in the 1830s, and evolved out of the Temperance Movement. This social movement sought ways for individuals to overcome social pressures to drink alcohol by promoting moderation and encouraging complete abstinence from drinking alcoholic beverages. The early versions of sober living homes were typically run by religious institutions (e.g., YMCA, Salvation Army, etc.), where residents were required to participate in religious services. Nowadays sober living facilities are privately-owned organizations, and each sober living facility is different. It is important to note that sober living facilities are not legally required to hold any type of licensure nor does the government regulate them. Many, though not all, sober livings are run by and/ or employ individuals that have personal and/ or professional experience with substance abuse and/ or addiction.

Residing in a sober living home inherently removes many of the potential triggers individuals may have that could threaten their sobriety and provides additional opportunities to navigate the challenges of maintaining sobriety in a semi-controlled environment. 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 their residents to abide by the house rules and expect their residents to be financially responsible for covering the costs associated with room and board. Sober living facilities rarely impose a time limit for their residents and allow individuals to stay for as long as they need, provided they can pay for their stay and adhere to the rules and regulations of the facility.

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