October 17, 2017

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Sober Houses in Illinois

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In Illinois, sober living homes provide a clean, structured and safe living environment for those who are in the early stages of recovery from addiction.  A sober house, sometimes called a halfway house, offers men and women in recovery access to support and affordable housing while they are provided with an opportunity to continue their recovery efforts and strengthen the life skills that were learned while they were in a residential treatment facility.


Sober Living Expectations

There are certain expectations that all residents of a sober house must follow. While the rules of each sober living home in Illinois may differ slightly, there are some rules that remain that same across the board. For instance, all residents of the sober house are expected to be respectful of others, remain clean and sober and be committed to their recovery.

Many sober houses will request that residents continue to attend regular support groups such as twelve step meetings, AA, or NA as a requirement of living in the home. Most of the time, the sober house will be managed by a group or home moderator who has at least 2 years of sobriety (usually longer) under their belt.

Residents of a sober house are also required to work or attend school and pay bills on time. Each resident will split the cost of the rent and other expenses. Sober living in Illinois is an excellent alternative to living alone after addiction treatment because it tends to be more affordable for those in recovery cutting the overall cost of living in half or even less.

Who Lives in a Sober House?

Is sober living the right choice for you? If you’ve already completed at least some treatment for your addiction and you have at least 30 days sobriety under your belt, sober living in Illinois may be your next step in the recovery process. Not everyone will find sober living to be a rewarding process but for those who are committed to their own recovery and who have some sobriety under their belts already, moving into a sober house can be beneficial and can facilitate long term recovery from addiction with a minimized chance of relapse during the earliest stages of recovery.

When you enter a sober house, it’s important to know that you will be expected to remain sober, you will likely be subjected to random drug or alcohol screenings and you will be required to follow the rules or else you will be evicted. Sober living homes in Illinois are not a starting point for addiction treatment and they should not be mistaken for drug or alcohol rehabilitation—they are a transitional point for those who have already experienced some treatment and are ready to begin the transition back into society to live a sober lifestyle.

For help finding a sober house in Illinois in a town near you, call our helpline at 800-373-1667 to talk with a Sober House adviser. We can help you find a sober house for clean and sober living.