Tips for Finding Affordable Sober Living
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When someone gets out of inpatient treatment, it can often be a very difficult transition back to the regular world and everyday responsibilities. Many people still struggle with their addictions. Others cannot afford to leave their jobs in order to attend inpatient care, even though they need more of a controlled environment. This is where sober living houses can be very beneficial.
Why Do Sober Living Houses Cost Money?
Unlike a halfway house, sober living houses require that residents pay rent. This can often make many individuals rethink their decision to go to a sober living house, but the stipulations are rather fair. A person who lives in a sober living house is required to:
- Pay rent
- Follow certain rules (which often include the paying of fines if rules are broken)
- Have a job
- Pay for regular necessities like food, clothes, transportation, etc.
Sober living houses cost money because this allows them to stay open. Some of these homes are provided with extra support from charities or funds that come from elsewhere, but most of the running and upkeep of the houses is done with the resident’s rent. It allows the home to stay open to the residents for as long as they would like to live there.
According to an NCBI study, another way costs are controlled by the house is that “residents share bedrooms,” which also helps “limit social isolation.” This can be very beneficial to the residents in the long-run. Another reason sober living houses cost money is because they are a transitionary part of recovery which attempts to help residents get back into the swing of working, being responsible, and paying bills on time. Having a roommate also follows this pattern.
What are the Most Affordable Sober Living Houses?
The most affordable sober living houses provide the residents with the basic necessities which, according to another NCBI study, are:
- A “drug and alcohol free living environment”
- The encouragement or requirement to attend a 12-step program
- At least one roommate
- An official and safe residence in case of a need after incarceration or rehab for as long as the individual chooses to stay
The houses which provide these elements are going to be the most affordable, as opposed to those which provide extra amenities like life trainers, gourmet meals, and other luxuries. Those houses which may not be in a prime location but are open and available may also be less expensive.
How Can I Find an Affordable Sober Living House?
Some tips on finding an affordable sober living house are:
- Searching online databases to discover different sober living houses in your area and comparing prices
- Asking your doctor, counselor, or therapist
- Discussing sober living houses at a mutual-help group
- Going to a free clinic and discussing sober living houses with the staff there
- Calling your local government office and discussing your options with someone over the phone
There are ways of finding more affordable sober living houses. It just takes a bit of research and a willingness to ask questions. But the most important thing is that the sober living house you choose is right for you.