3 Things Recovering Addicts Should Know About Sober Living Homes

Sober living homes are meant for addicts, both drug and alcohol, who have been treated in a long-term rehab facility. These homes are designed to be supportive of the person’s sobriety, and they act as the final step in an addict’s road to recovery.

The goal after entering a sober living house is to reenter mainstream society.

A few of the key points that addicts don’t know, but should know, about sober living homes are:

1. Sober Living Homes Are Not Free

Someone has to pay the bills when entering these homes, and it’s the responsibility of the addicts to help pay:

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Food bills

But there’s a reason for all of these payments, too. Addicts have to reenter society with the responsibility and ability to pay their fair share. The sober living house provides this opportunity, teaching recovering addicts how to be responsible once again.

Some homes are free or provide a free period of weeks or months, but these homes are becoming less popular.

2. Strict Rules and Regulations Are in Place

Sober living homes have strict rules and regulations in place, and these rules are meant to provide all residents with the best chance of remaining sober. While the rules may seem strict at first, they are for the betterment of everyone that lives in the home.

There are rules for:

  • Curfews
  • Visitation hours
  • Visitors

Visitors have to be drug-free, and if a person that is staying in the facility breaks this rule, they jeopardize their ability to stay in the home. Breaking curfew or visitation hours may be less serious of a consequence, but if it’s a recurring issue, then the person may have to find another place to live.

3. There Are “Exclusive” Sober Living Homes

For the majority of the time, the rich and famous are not staying in the same sober living homes as a person that lives an ordinary lifestyle. These wealthy addicts are often in exclusive sober living homes where rent can be $1,000 – $2,000 per week.

Keeping these homes exclusive means that there are a lot of amenities offered, and privacy is of the utmost importance.

Stricter rules may be imposed in these homes, such as not being able to bring a smartphone into the facility. News outlets would pay a lot of money to have inside footage of these homes, and that’s where the high rent price is justified for many celebrities.

Exclusive homes allow the rich and famous to maintain their image.

Women who want to find a home will find that it’s a major challenge. The majority of homes, nearly 75% of them, are men-only facilities. While the separating of gender is justified, it’s also very difficult for women that leave long-term rehab to find a facility.

Mothers that want to bring their children into these homes will also find that there are far fewer opportunities available. And if the home does allow children, there is almost always no childcare provided, so it makes it very difficult for the mother to work.