Sober Living Homes

Sober living homes (also known as sober houses or halfway houses) are designed to help recovering alcoholics and drug addicts bridge the gap between inpatient treatment and a return to independent living. Every sober home is different, but most require residents to attend recovery meetings, take random drug and alcohol tests, and be involved in work, school, or an outpatient treatment program. Sober homes have varying levels of supervision, too, from actively supervised by clinical professionals to peer-run.  


Usually insurance doesn’t cover the costs of staying in a sober living home, so residents pay their own way. Sober homes are not licensed by state or federal agencies, but there is a growing emphasis on certification by state associations and coalitions of sober homes, to ensure better and more consistent standards of care and safety.