Sober Living Houses
Sober living houses transition young adults coming out of substance abuse treatment safely and respectfully into a lower level of oversight, and this step-down initiates reintegration using the new skills of sobriety. Length of stay varies between weeks and months; likewise the level of support that houses offer varies. Many of the programs include sober adventure as a major component, along with relationship coaching, internal and community-based sobriety group participation, service hours and nutrition focus.
The keys to comprehending the program design are understanding the person/people managing the day-to-day at the facility, is it strictly 12 Step in structure, and conceptualizing the intensity of support and tolerance around relapse, expectations around (random) drug testing, co-ed or single gender. And then examine how the house is going to help prepare the sober young adult for independence: i.e., career development, job placement, volunteering, academics, exercise, and self-monitoring and accountability.
The essential characteristics include
An alcohol and drug free living environment for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs
No formal treatment services but either mandated or strongly encouraged attendance at 12-step self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous, etc.
Required compliance with house rules such as maintaining abstinence, paying rent and other fees, participating in house chores and attending house meetings. Often participation in some regular Service is required, as well.
Resident responsibility for financing rent and other costs
- An invitation for residents to stay in the house as long as they wish provided they comply with house rules.