You’re done with drug rehab and now you’re searching for a supportive and sober living situation in which you can continue your sobriety. You know you will need some help staying sober, but you’re not sure what life looks like after rehab or what enrolling in a sober living program actually entails.
It’s easy to get hung up in all the details or become overwhelmed at the prospect of paying for sober living, but when it’s all said and done, paying for a sober living program may not be as expensive and overwhelming as you may have initially thought.
If the thought of paying for sober living in Austin, TX or elsewhere is keeping you from enrolling in a transitional living program, here’s why you may want to reconsider.
What Are Sober Living Homes?
Sober living homes (also sometimes referred to as transitional homes, ¾ homes, or halfway houses) are group living spaces that are designed to support recovering addicts that have recently completed rehab. These transitional homes are also helpful for people who have relapsed and need additional support in their sobriety.
Sober living homes come in all shapes and sizes. Some may be apartment complexes while others may be residential homes in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. Whatever the case, many of these transitional living programs also provide residents with additional recovery support services such as individual counseling, drug testing, group therapy, and more.
Residents of sober living homes must abide by the rules of the group home and the requirements of their recovery program or they may risk getting expelled from the program. Each transitional housing program is different, but all sober living houses require residents to abstain from all use of drugs and alcohol.
Studies have shown that sober living homes are an effective means of supporting addiction recovery and helping individuals maintain long-term sobriety. One 2011 study in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that sober living residents who were involved in 12-step recovery programs, living in a sober environment, and had a supportive network of sober peers were much more likely to achieve sustained sobriety with few or no relapses.1
Although sober living programs are not a requirement for recent grads of drug and alcohol rehab, they are extremely beneficial for people in recovery who want to maintain long-term sobriety or for those who do not have a drug-free home to return to after rehab.
How Much Do Sober Living Homes Cost?
It’s impossible to say exactly how much you will pay without first considering your preferences, needs, and all the available options. Your overall cost of sober living in Austin, TX, Houston, TX or Colorado Springs, CO will vary based on a few different factors. Sober living price typically fluctuates depending on:
- The type of room/lodging you choose
- The location of the sober living home
- Any additional sobriety support services you choose to enroll in (such as IOP)
At Eudaimonia Recovery Homes, we offer a large selection of different apartment room options and sober living homes so clients can choose the one that best suits their budget, lifestyle, and sobriety needs. Our sober living homes and apartments range in price from $550 to $1,800 per month and provide varying levels of privacy and space, depending on your preferences.
Eudaimonia clients are not required to attend individual therapy sessions (although the option to see a therapist is available), which also helps keep the cost of sober living down.
Our sober living homes offer a high level of sobriety support, accountability, and peer camaraderie that you won’t find in a traditional apartment setting.
In addition to having a safe and sober place to live, each resident is provided access to amenities like a washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, cable, a kitchen stocked with full-size appliances and cooking utensils, bedding and pillows, bedroom furniture, as well as private room options. We are also happy to provide pet-friendly sober living arrangements for those who need it.
Will Insurance Pay for Sober Living?
Mental health and substance abuse benefits are accepted as essential health benefits, therefore, if you have health insurance, your insurance will most likely cover a portion of the cost of your addiction treatment. However, sober living homes are not treatment centers, so in most states, they’re typically not covered by insurance.
Although your health insurance benefits may not provide coverage for a sober living home, it will most likely cover some of the cost of additional treatment services you’re enrolled in while living at a sober home, such as counseling or psychotherapy.
Benefits of Sober Living Houses vs. Alternative Living Situations
Having a stable and safe place to live is one of the key pillars that supports a life in addiction recovery.1 Some individuals may find that they don’t have a sober or supportive living environment to return to after rehab. Others may want additional support and accountability as they gradually transition into an independent lifestyle that does not involve drug or alcohol abuse.
Sober living houses can provide a solution for individuals in both scenarios. They also offer a host of benefits that a traditional apartment or house environment cannot.
- Sober living home prices are often cheaper rent than most other apartment options. For example, the average rent for an apartment in Austin is $1,431 (as of May 2018.)2 A Eudaimonia sober living home in Austin starts at just $550 per month.
- Sober living homes offer a structured living environment and addiction recovery programming.
- Sober living houses provide peer support and consistent accountability.
- Transitional housing also often provides employment assistance.
Alternative living situations such as living alone in an apartment or returning to a home where drugs and alcohol are easily accessible could put your sobriety at risk. Enrolling in a transitional living program is a great way to prioritize your sobriety, give yourself time to adjust to a new lifestyle, and protect yourself from relapse.
Choosing a Sober Living Home
If you decide to enroll in a transitional housing program after rehab, there are six important things to look for in a sober living home:
- Recovery support services – Are residents drug tested regularly? Is 12-step work a part of the program? Does the sober living home provide consistent guidance and support?
- Organized accountability – Are residents held accountable to a structured recovery program?
- Safety – Is there a structured set of rules guiding the behavior of residents? Are consequences for breaking these rules regularly enforced?
- Well-maintained accommodations – Is the sober living home comfortable for all residents? Are individual and group living spaces kept clean?
- Employment and education assistance – Does the sober living home provide assistance for residents who need to find a job or enroll in school?
- Cultural awareness and competency – Are staff members responsive and respectful of each resident’s beliefs? Does the program meet the needs of a diverse population of residents?
Browse Colorado Springs, Houston, or Austin Sober Living Homes Online
Eudaimonia Recovery Homes offers gender-specific sober living homes and apartments in Colorado Springs, Houston, TX, and Austin, TX. These are all clean, safe, and supportive living environments for people in recovery. Clients may also enroll in the following recovery support services while enrolled in sober living:
- Addiction Monitoring Program (AMP)
- Three Phase Recovery Program
- Support Employment Volunteering Program (SEV)
Plus, booking a sober living home in Austin, TX has never been easier! Eudaimonia Recovery Homes offers an online booking system so you can easily browse through our different lodging options and select the one that best suits your budget and personal preferences. You can also book your room over the phone by calling Eudaimonia Recovery Homes today.
Payment is collected monthly (like rent) and if our admissions team finds that our sober living homes are not a good fit for you, we will refund your initial payment and recommend a more appropriate housing solution. If you are ready to enroll in sober living in Austin, Houston, or Colorado Springs, please browse our online booking system now or call our admissions team for more information.