If you have good private health insurance, and you can afford the high price of private drug or alcohol rehabs, these facilities undoubtedly provide you with the best care and the best chance for sobriety.
Many of us lack comprehensive insurance coverage, cannot hope to afford the admission fee of upwards of $20 000 for a month of rehab, and aren’t quite sure what our options are otherwise.
There are a many low cost and even free rehabs, and you may also be eligible for state subsidized care, but another and often overlooked option is to instead enter immediately into sober living housing.
What is sober living housing?
Sometimes called a halfway house, sober living housing is simply a residential environment, offering some minimal therapies, where a group of addicts and alcoholics live and recover together. These houses will enforce strict rules of conduct and of residence; most fundamentally a zero tolerance policy for the use or possession of drugs or alcohol.
Sober living housing environments will generally mandate an intense participation in AA or another 12 steps recovery group, generally at least one meeting a day, and residents will be expected to get and use a sponsor, and also to gain employment within a reasonable period.
Sober living housing provides sober sanctuary to addicts and alcoholics in recovery, and just having a safe and sober place to go home to each night can make the difference between use and abuse for many. Because everyone living in the home endures a similar situation, all recover and support one another, and all learn together once again how to have fun and fill free time without needing to get drunk or high.
How much does it cost?
There are more exclusive sober living environments that will demand pricey entrance fees, but the vast majority will ask for a very minimal entrance deposit, and most will waive this fee for those in financial need. Most sober living homes operate as non profit entities of recovery, and addicts in recovery are only expected to contribute their fair share of the house expenses. Since a home may house 8 or more residents, each person’s necessary contribution is very affordable.
Addicts and alcoholics in recovery may generally stay as long as they need to, as long as they continue their recovery and continue to follow the rules of the home. Most will stay for about 1 year, but some stay far longer.
How can I find a sober living home?
Pretty much every city in America contains at least one sober living home, and most will have several. One large organization for sober living homes is Oxford House, and they run thousands of homes throughout the country.
You can get in for next to nothing and a sober living house can offer you great low cost support in your quest to get better, and stay sober.
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