Sober living homes allow one to choose a safe living environment to recover while they meet people who are in a similar situation as theirs. The transition is easier with such an identifiable environment. The transition back into the community where one can live independently without the use of drugs and/or alcohol is possible.
The group homes which are free of alcohol and drugs for individuals in recovery work like a co-op. The one who has to opt for the home needs to pay the costs of rent and chores and help in maintaining the home. Majority of these homes are run privately but there are some owned by religious groups too or such other businesses. You can search for these sober homes through a sober living app.
People prefer homes that are being maintained by a group of sober people who have come in contract to run a sober living arrangement privately to help addicts recover. But not all sober living homes are the same. In fact they operate quite differently from each other.
Certain sober living homes have a resident manager overseeing and enforcing house rules to run the home. Others operate on a more relaxed social model approach wherein every resident has decision-making power. They make house rules which have to be followed by all.
There is a clear difference between structures of sober living homes and residential treatment centers. Sober living homes are comparatively loosely structured to facilitate employment and other work. One is free to come and go as necessary for work, family, business, or leisure activity. Random drug tests are recommended as it is truly independent living with house rules and one is responsible for their recovery and well-being.
Sober living homes require commitment towards one self and in general to house rules. A contract is signed for this commitment to recovery so that the recovery process for everyone else in the home is safeguarded.