October 17, 2017

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Sober Houses in Iowa

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A lack of sustainable drug and alcohol free living post addiction treatment can lead to many challenges for a newly recovering addict.  Sober living homes in Iowa take many of these challenges away by providing those in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction with a safe, clean and sober place to live.  These homes are for individuals who have made a commitment to staying clean and abstaining from drug or alcohol abuse and can have a great impact on the chances of an individual remaining sober and continuing down the right path of recovery.


Iowa sober living homes are not typically owned by organizations, though some can be owned by charity or treatment centers, most are owned individual and privately operated. These homes allow residents to share the cost of living splitting the rent, utilities and other fees in a way that makes sober living a more affordable option for newly recovering addicts.

Most sober living homes emphasize twelve step recovery and support groups making it mandatory that residents of the home attend regular therapy and support sessions while they continue to live in the home. There are rules set forth which dictate what can and cannot take place in the sober living home and these rules ALWAYS state explicitly that there is to be NO use of drugs or alcohol by residents.

How Rules are Enforced

Each sober living home in Iowa will have a set of standards by which they expect residents to live by. In the event that residents do not follow the rules of the sober house, various methods of enforcement may take place. Most often, the manner in which rules are enforced will include fines, eviction from the home or some other method of punishment.

Typically, if a resident is not committed to remaining clean and sober, he or she will not be able to stay in the sober house. Some Iowa sober living environments will allow residents one chance to make a mistake and correct it. If the resident does not fix his or her mistakes or continuously makes the same mistake, he or she will be asked to vacate the property. This is for the safety of other residents in the home who should not be faced with the challenge of living with someone who could potentially derail their recovery.

Who Lives in a Sober House?

For those who are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, sober houses in Iowa provide a transitional step in the right direction. Following treatment, residents choose to take the next step towards living clean and sober in society by entering into a sober living home. Here, they can live with others in recovery and build supportive friendships with people who are also committed to their recovery.

There are sober houses that are gender specific such as for men or women only and there are sober houses that are mixed gender and allow both men and women to live together. Anyone who is newly sober, is ready to maintain recovery and simply needs a stepping stone from addiction treatment back into society can live and benefit from the transitional housing offered at a sober living home in Iowa.

For help finding a sober house in Iowa, call our helpline at 800-373-1667 to talk with a Sober House adviser about the options for sober living that are available in your area. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with assistance in your search for sober living.