Selecting a sober living home for alcoholism and drug abuse recovery may be one of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. Not all sober living homes are the same and most of us don't know what to look for in a quality residential environment.





The goal...

A sober living home can be the ideal transition arrangement after someone has finished a drug rehab program. It allows them to adjust to everything they have learned while still having some familiar aspects of a sober environment.

Not everyone is ready to go from rehab straight home, and doing so might put some people's sobriety in jeopardy.

The benefits of sober living allow a person to get a sense of what a real sober lifestyle is like outside the walls of rehab. Real life responsibilities, accountability, social norms, and cooperation are all there with sober living.

For someone just getting out of rehab, the benefits of sober living are invaluable.



Must haves for Sober Living

  • Licensed with state agency
  • Zero Tolerence for Drugs and Alcohol
  • Manager on duty
  • Residents are active
  • Near major transportation
  • No over crowding
  • Activities nearby

Bill?s Newscast: Flood Control ? Prescott eNews
Sep 27@6:17am: Bill's Newscast: Flood ControlPrescott eNewsThe Prescott City Council meets at 1 tomorrow afternoon to discuss a Sober Living Homes draft ordinance. According to Interim City Manager Craig McConnell, the intent of this ordinance is to protect the ... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]
Draft ordinance for sober living homes heads to City Council study session ? ...
Sep 26@1:06pm: Draft ordinance for sober living homes heads to City Council study sessionThe Daily CourierPRESCOTT ? In what could be the final study-session consideration of an ordinance for regulation of structured sober living homes in the city, a finished dr... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]
Federal Legislation Expected on Sober Living Homes ? JD Supra (press release)
Sep 23@7:47pm: Federal Legislation Expected on Sober Living HomesJD Supra (press release)Sober living homes offer drug- and alcohol-free, cooperative living arrangements for people in the process of recovery from addiction. Rapid growth within the sector as well... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]
San Clemente endorses Issa?s bill to regulate sober-living homes ? OCRegister
Sep 22@4:09pm: San Clemente endorses Issa's bill to regulate sober-living homesOCRegisterSan Clemente's City Council declared its support Tuesday for federal legislation introduced this week by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) that seeks to amend the Fair Hous... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]
Prescott residents raise concerns about ?sober homes? ? FOX 10 News Phoenix
Sep 22@6:19am: FOX 10 News PhoenixA group of senators and congress members from around the country have sent letters to the government accountability office, asking for more clarity and regulation when it comes to sober living homes. Tuni Hariford came to Presco... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]
Clarksburg Mission works to open sober living homes in Harrison County ? The ...
Sep 21@10:21pm: Clarksburg Mission works to open sober living homes in Harrison CountyThe Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)The sober living homes the Mission hopes to establish would also be beneficial for other recovery and treatment centers. Jaco... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]
Issa Attends Town Hall on Sober Living Facilities in San Clemente [WATCH] ? P...
Sep 21@9:11pm: Patch.comSAN CLEMENTE, CA ? For those who missed the Sober Living Homes Forum Panel Discussion on September 1st, the City of San Clemente videotaped the meeting. Erik Sund, the assistant city manager for the City of San Clemente welcomed more than... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]
Sovereign Health Launches ?Beyond NIMBY? Editorial Series ? Digital Journal
Sep 21@8:07pm: Sovereign Health Launches 'Beyond NIMBY' Editorial SeriesDigital JournalNIMBY is the acronym of the phrase "Not in My Backyard" and represents a particular viewpoint defined by the strong opposition that residents adopt when it comes to having sob... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]
Congressman Darrell Issa Introduces Sober Living Homes Reform Bill ? RealEsta...
Sep 21@1:08pm: Congressman Darrell Issa Introduces Sober Living Homes Reform BillRealEstateRama (press release)SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. ? (RealEstateRama) ? Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced legislation that would allow state and local governments to im... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]
Council cuts budget over $200000, approves downtown parking lot updates ? Oro...
Sep 21@5:03am: Council cuts budget over $200000, approves downtown parking lot updatesOroville Mercury Register... management of abandoned houses, brought up by Councilor David Pittman and Del Rosario after attending the Southside Oroville Community Watch meetin... [from Addiction Treatment Alcoholism Help]

How it Works?

Here's how a sober living home works. Residents pay rent and utilities, much like they would with a private residence.

They also share responsibility for taking care of the property, making meals, and maintaining a socially decent living environment. Of course, since this is not complete independent living, residents need to adhere to some basic rules.

No drugs or alcohol is allowed, and medications with addictive properties are also typically banned.

Also, many homes strongly discourage (or prohibit) romantic relationships between residents. Guests are also generally limited, keeping the home a safe place with limited distractions.



Sober Pacific Living Recommendations



12 Step Meetings and 12 Step Anonymous Groups


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Catalina House for Women

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Costs of Sober Living

Many feel that their resources are tapped out, after paying for drug and alcohol rehab. There are resources for covering sober living costs such as insurance, grants, sliding scale payments, payment plans.

High quality sober living homes include room and board. Part of your monthly payment will go toward the grocery bill for the house and other incidentals like paper towels and cleaning supplies. You may be expected to participate is a household community chore rotation to cook dinner and maintain the house cleanliness for the sober living home once or twice a week and show up to house meetings.

Don't be alarmed. These are the same costs you would incur at any home, so the increase in cost over your regular rent and grocery bills are minimal.

The payoff is never coming home to find alcohol in the kitchen or drugs on the coffee table, roommates who are intoxicated or house guests who are loaded. Your sober living home will be a safe zone that is temptation free.

This means that you won't be spending money on alcohol and drugs, you won't be spending money on property damage or calls to the police due to bad behavior of yourself or your housemates under the influence. No legal fees incurred.

Just a quiet, safe place that allows you to focus on yourself and your health as a build a new life for yourself.



Sober Living Resources

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...beyond Sober Living

After leaving a Sober Living Home, there are a few points that will get you started on your new journey as a recovered person.

  • Find sober friends because addictions often stimulated through the influence of other people.

  • Evaluate the neighborhood, and move if needed .For some people, the old neighborhood contains many reminders about substance use and abuse.

  • Follow-up appointments as these will change when the care provided becomes less and less intense until the person is handling sobriety alone, without assistance.

  • Improve mental, physical and spiritual health.Returning to an old routine can bring stress and anxiety, especially if people are dealing with an intense craving for alcohol or drugs, and it can be easy to focus on the negativity. Eating natural foods, replenish the nutrients depleted from the body, while preparing it for some normal physical routines i.e. daily walks, yoga or active exercises and leads into a better place spiritually for prayers and meditations.

  • Find a support group or volunteer in a charitable system.In a support group, people are still learning about addiction. Volunteering allows the work and progress of recovered person to not think of themselves in every situation, but think, feel and act, which is sharing with another person.