Sober House Living


What is a Recovery Residence?

  • A Recovery Residence incorporates a full range of recovery housing options, services and programs offered in homes – from democratically managed to clinically oriented extended care.
  • The NARR (Nationally Association of Recovery residences) has emerged as the unifying entity long needed in a field lacking professionalization and standards for residential programs. NARR introduced dialogue to more precisely identify and define what each residence offers, as well as standards and a certification process.
  • NARR defines a recovery residence as a “safe, sober, and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems.” A good recovery residence provides a community-based environment to initiate and sustain recovery – defined as abstinence from alcohol and other non-prescribed drug use, and improvement in one’s physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing.

What is a Sober Living House?

A Sober Living House is a home designed to provide individuals in recovery with a safe, clean, drug and alcohol free environment. Sober Living Homes provide occupants with a community of other individuals working to main sobriety in a supportive environment with structure and accountability. These homes serve a critical component for individuals in transition from in-patient treatment on the way to independent living. While living in a Sober Home occupants become employed, create long term relationships, get involved in the local community and practice life skills learned in treatment. The average stay ranges from 3 to 12 months.


What is a Halfway House

Typically Halfway Houses are associated with individuals in transition from incarceration and may have been in a treatment program while in prison. Many of these homes are state sponsored to assist with the transition process from prison to life after.

Halfway houses are not just for convicted felons - many are offered to individuals with addiction issues desiring additional support during or after a treatment program. This can provide a supporting community helping with a transition to a new way of living.

Most Halfway Houses require enrollment in a treatment program or completion of a program.