Substance Use

Sober Living Homes

What is a Sober Living Home?

Sober living homes are dedicated homes where people who are recovering from addiction live and are one of at least five levels of treatment options available for individuals in recovery. Sober living homes are located in small towns or big cities and are mostly privately owned, although many businesses and charities also own sober living homes.

Sober living homes offer various lengths of stay to their residents. Some encourage long-term tenancy and others just a few months with the cost ranging between $450 and $900 per month.

Sober living homes are typically managed by a supervisor who ensures residents are on track, maintaining their sobriety, taking medications, looking for employment, going to work on time and even engaging in community service activities. Sober living homes encourage all members to work together to manage the home. This includes cleaning, cooking and shopping for groceries. Sober living homes offer the individual a chance to get back to life while upholding daily and personal responsibilities.

In order to more fully understand the purpose of a sober living home, it is first necessary to understand the continuum of treatment levels available to individuals battling substance use disorder.

Stages of Treatment Options


Detox is the first step in treating substance use disorder. Detox is the process by which individuals rid themselves of the toxins of alcohol or drugs in their bodies. This is done through medication assisted treatment as well as natural therapies. This process typically takes 7 days and is conducted under medical supervision in an in-patient treatment center.

Residential treatment

Once an individual is fully detoxed and considered “sober,” the individual is admitted to residential treatment. Residential treatment typically includes a month-long stay at a licensed residential facility. Treatment during this time consists of medication-assisted therapy and talk therapy. Some talk therapy would be Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Private Counseling and Group Sessions, to name a few.

Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial Hospitalization Program follows residential treatment in the continuum of care and includes treatment similar to Residential treatment, except the individual may return to their home after each session in the evenings. Typically, the treatment for PHP includes 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. During this time individuals receive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Private Counseling and Group Sessions and other meaningful talk therapies.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive Outpatient, or IOP is similar to PHP except there are fewer hours in treatment per day/week. A person in IOP might attend outpatient treatment 3-5 days per week for 3-5 hours at a time. While in IOP, individuals have more free time and are encouraged to go back to their work and begin integrating back into their lives.

Sober Living


Sober Living is a living situation whereby individuals recovering from substance use disorder live in a group home with other individuals who are in recovery. Sober Living homes are owned privately, by businesses or by charities and can have vastly different rules, regulations and expectations. However, the main similarity in all sober living homes, is that all sober living homes hold residents accountable for their sobriety.

Sober living homes, however, are not licensed by state agencies because they do not offer formal treatment. However, they might be a part of organizations and associations that ensure the programs follow certain health and safety guidelines and adhere to a certain pre-determined model.

In order to attend a sober living home, it is not necessary for an individual to have completed the higher levels of treatment: detox, residential treatment, PHP and IOP. An individual may become a part of a sober living home for any reason.

If you or someone you know would like to become a part of a sober living home, visit or call the Water Gap Wellness admissions line at 1-833-949-4673 and let our experienced counselors guide you into the right home. Sober Living Homes are a perfect place to start again.

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