Can You Visit Someone in a Sober Living Home?

Can You Visit Someone in a Sober Living Home

When someone you care about enters rehab or a sober living home, your first instinct is to be there for them. After all, one of the keys to successful recovery is community support and involvement. We’ve discussed here before that it isn’t always easy to support someone in recovery, but sometimes it’s as easy as visiting them. But can you visit a sober living home? And more importantly, should you visit? Let’s discuss the idea behind sober living facilities and all of the factors that will impact your decision to visit one. 

Purpose of Sober Living

The core purpose of sober living homes is to provide structured support to newly sober individuals while they navigate independent stability. Many sober homes offer communal spaces and private dorm-like rooms for their residents to offer privacy and community in tandem. A sober home also requires mandatory drug testing for the residents, and in some cases, the staff to ensure a drug-free environment. Additionally, staff may assign chores among the residents to, again, provide structure and teamwork. In fact, sober living really is all about rules. Here are some additional features that are common in sober living environments: 

  • Residents must pay rent on time
  • Respectful behavior among residents and staff
  • Zero-tolerance policy for unauthorized drug or alcohol use
  • Participation in multiple weekly 12 Step meetings/counseling sessions
  • Refrain from sexual fraternization with other residents and staff


There are a lot of variables that determine whether visitors are welcome in a sober living house. Most of these variables depend on the comfort of the individual person and not just the policies of the sober living home. A newly sober individual may be uncomfortable hosting a guest because they still feel too unstable in their recovery. Conversely, you may want to forgo a visit until there is established stability in the sober individual’s life; even if they really want you to visit. Sometimes distance can be just as beneficial as support in giving a person space to grow. It really all depends on a person’s individual needs.

Additionally, some sober living homes limit visitation to their residents simply because it’s hard to regulate and manage the home with unknown people on the premises. Sober living homes may even ban visitation altogether. Or they may limit visitation to a designated area of the home. This ensures visits can be monitored and regulated for the safety and wellbeing of the residents. As part of the zero-tolerance policy implemented by sober living homes, substance use/possession is prohibited by residents, staff, and visitors. If a visitor breaks this rule, they may be asked to leave and could be banned from future visitation opportunities.

Family Involvement/Programs

Of course, the main goal of sober living homes is to provide their residents with the tools they need to succeed in sobriety and achieve independence. For many recovering individuals this includes involvement from family and friends. Many sober living facilities offer programs that integrate family involvement into treatment activities and community events. 

Sober living homes like Eudaimonia prioritize family support and encourage familiar bonds through recovery. We also provide an accountability and monitoring program (AMP) to include updates on your loved one’s progress in recovery. With this service, you can feel confident that your loved one is receiving the care and support they need while maintaining their sense of independence. Again, sometimes distance can be just as healing as direct involvement; it all depends on the needs of the individual. Everyone experiences recovery differently!

Eudaimonia Sober Living Homes

Eudaimonia offers excellent recovery programs with tailored care. In these programs, individuals can develop positive coping skills with the tools necessary to maintain sobriety. Eudaimonia even provides tailored care based on gender and orientation. We also include supervised, short-term housing to provide support for newly sober individuals. But no matter where you are in your recovery, Eudaimonia Sober Living Homes can provide support every step of the way. We have facilities for sober living in Austin, Houston, and Colorado Springs ready to assist you in living your sober lifestyle. Call Eudaimonia Sober Living Homes at (888) 424 – 4029 for more information on the sober living process and current room availability.

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