Many people are unsure about the cost of sober living, so they simply avoid looking further into these incredibly helpful living situations. After drug and alcohol rehab, many feel their resources are tapped out. However, it is possible to benefit from an affordable sober living home, and it may be a key to continued wellness, saving costs in the long run.
Fortunately, there are resources for covering sober living costs: insurance, grants, sliding scale payments, payment plans. The costs that begin when a person optsout of needed sober living are the costs that are too high to pay.
The Financials of Sober Living
The rent for your sober living home will vary depending upon which one you choose. Some homes include room and board, which means that part of your monthly payment will go toward the grocery bill for the house and other incidentals like paper towels and cleaning supplies. You may be expected to sign up for chores or to cook dinner for the house once or twice a week. There may be required house meetings or support groups. These are the same costs and tasks you would incur at any home, so the increase in cost over your regular rent and grocery bills are minimal.
In a sober living home, you will never come home to find alcohol in the kitchen or drugs on the coffee table, roommates who are intoxicated, or house guests who are loaded. Your home will be a safe zone that is temptation-free. This means that you won’t be spending money on alcohol and drugs, you won’t be spending money on property damage or calls to the police due to bad behavior of yourself or your housemates under the influence. You should be free from the legal hassles of finding roommates, maintaining roommates, and ensuring that their portion of the rent is paid on time. You home should be a quiet, safe place that allows you to focus on yourself and your health as a build a new life.
“After 30 days in jail, I knew I needed to change but I didn’t know how. I had never been to a meeting or to rehab. My probation officer said I had to go to treatment. So, on July 7, 2011, I checked into treatment. I had nothing to lose so I gave it a try. I was told to be willing and honest… honesty being a huge problem for me. The more honest I was with myself in treatment, the more possibilities I saw.” —Stephen K., HeroesInRecovery.com
The Emotional Benefits of Sober Living
Knowing that you won’t be returning home to a battlefield each night or potentially walking into a party is a huge relief when you are trying to stay healthy. It’s important to remain as emotionally stable as long as possible because stress, drama, and conflict are common triggers for people in early recovery. Preventing relapse is a huge goal during the first few months after rehab.
Your sobriety and wellness are essential as you build new relationships, return to work or look for a new job, and make plans for your future. Without sobriety, you won’t hold onto that job, new relationship or new home for long! A sober living house can give you a sense of security that you won’t find anywhere else. Its value is priceless.
Sober Living at Michael’s House
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