One of the biggest misunderstandings about recovery is that the majority of people need more time and assistance beyond a short stay at a residential treatment facility. In most cases, people are supposed to continue with outpatient treatment while they continue on their journey.

There are many examples of where these people also need ongoing support and accountability in a sober living environment with other people are are in recovery. Combined with daily or weekly meetings, there are other regulations and support systems in place. Over time, residents often complete their outpatient treatment and move back into full-time work.

Throughout the course of a year or more, they continue to build their recovery skills, form lasting and supportive relationships and are able to save money on their way to leading completely self-directed lives that are thriving.

What Kinds of Sober Living Programs Are Available?

Sober living programs (also called halfway houses, recovery homes, and other names) come in many shapes and sizes and have varying levels of rules, program participation requirements, accreditations and oversight. They can be as small as a few people living in one small home or apartment or be as large as 100 or more people in a group of larger homes or apartments.

Although accreditation is not mandatory in most states, it is usually recommended for them to be a part of the local or state affiliate for the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR).