Sober living is usually a safe, clean environment for recovering, and former addicts to reside as they continue their work at staying clean. It is not normally used as a first step for the addict, but as a resource to help complete the persons work from a rehab facility. These facilities usually try to provide a structured setting to remove the temptations and struggles from the addict. While some facilities require a period of clean time, not all have that rule. Many sober homes, also known as half way houses, provide services in 6 month increments upto 18 months. 

Advantages of sober house include the ability to hold a job while continuing addiction treatment. Staff onsite to help counsel the residents on a day to day basis. Peers with similar life exeriences that can form a close community to help support one another through the process of recovery.

Sober Living Requirements

Sober living environments will have their own set of requirements but some of the standards are: 1) No addictive substances on premise to include drugs, and alcohol. 2) No violence toward any quest or staff. 3) No overnight guests. 4) Actively attending a 12 step program like AA or NA. 5) Payment of all fee by their due date. 6) A continued effort to enhance ones life through work, school or a trade program.

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