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Sober Living

Sober Living environments or houses are living places for is generally referred to alcohol and drug dependence that provide a place between a rehabilitation center or residential treatment center to either home or a new life in a community. They have their roots in California and are generally not licensed by the state. The Sober Living Network (SLN) is a wonderful place to start.

The essential characteristics include:

  1. An alcohol and drug free living environment for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs
  2. No formal treatment services but either mandated or strongly encouraged attendance at 12-step self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  3. Required compliance with house rules such as maintaining abstinence, paying rent and other fees, participating in house chores and attending house meetings
  4. Resident responsibility for financing rent and other costs
  5. An invitation for residents to stay in the house as long as they wish provided they comply with house rules.



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