FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions on Sober Living Homes
Here are some frequently asked questions that are often posed to sober living homes halfway houses, and addiction recovery residences.
Whether you’re in Las Vegas, Nevada or anywhere else throughout the country, there remains one truth that is always the case, That is, that no two sober living homes, halfway houses or recovery residences operate the same way. It’s true that some standard rules you can always count on, such as, no using drugs or alcohol, no violence or stealing, no overnight guests, and so forth. However, beyond that there are always variations and nuances in how one recovery environment operates as compared to another.
Additionally, some sober living clients have much experience with living in this type of recovery or transitional housing environment, while to others it is a first time experience and basically totally unknown. Regardless of the potential client or their family, we can always count on the fact that they will pose a number of questions to us. Some are very commonly asked, while others may be much more specific to their unique situation.
We have taken a compilation of the most common questions we get asked about New Lyfe Solutions, and have included them here on our FAQ page. Keep in mind that the phrases sober living, halfway house and recovery residence are often used interchangeably. So when we use just one of these phrases, we are in fact referring to all of them, though in some areas of the country they actually do have different meanings.
Q: What are the major rules in sober livings, halfway houses, etc?
A: There are certain rules that you will find in pretty much any sober living home, addiction recovery residence, etc. regardless of whether you’re here in Las Vegas-Henderson, NV or elsewhere around the country. Among those are: no drinking or using drugs, no firearms or other weapons, no fighting or violence of any kind, no fraternizing among the clients, no stealing or borrowing without permission, no overnight guests, no lying or cheating, and maybe a few others. Then there are other rules that are more specific to the individual sober living. Often those rules reflect the type of clientele they attract. So for instance, a recovery residence that attracts young adults in their late teens and twenties would likely require beds being made and rooms cleaned by 10am, for instance, than a place designed for those in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
Q: What is the difference between sober living, a halfway house, or recovery home?
A: It really depends where you are in the U.S. Here in the Clark County area, or even Nevada as a whole, the 3 terms are generally used interchangeably. If you go to the east coast, there are some states where the term halfway house actually refers to state licensed addiction treatment. In Florida, you also hear the term 3/4 house in conjunction with halfway house, with the 3/4 house being less restrictive. There are also many variations in level of structure as well.
Q: What happens if and when a client relapses?
A: Most houses will claim outright that they have a no tolerance policy in cases of drinking or using drugs. There are of course those sober living homes that truly live by that code and will never make an exception. In many cases, however, the residence will consider things like, how long did they use for, did they bring it onto the property and risk their fellow resident’s sobriety, do they require a medical detox now. Another important thing they consider is how humble and apologetic the client is, and how willing are they to endure a temporary tightening of their daily structure, as well as any punitive punishments, like extra chores, writing assignments, etc. People get kicked out not so much as a punishment, but more so a protective measure to shield the other clients from the temptation of drinking or using.
Q: How much does sober living cost?
A: Sober living homes and halfway houses can start as low as $100 to $150 per week, or $400 to $600 per month. Generally speaking, you will find these types of homes to have minimal structure and amenities, bunk beds or cheaper floor beds, and commonly found in more rundown parts of town. There are of course exceptions. On the high end, as for here in Las Vegas-Henderson, most won’t go above $1,000 to $1,200 per month, and those are few and far between. However, if you go to areas like Malibu or Newport Beach, CA, or near South Beach, Miami, you will find addiction recovery residences that are literally in the thousands per month. Malibu actually has many homes that are over 4k to 5k per month; some as high as even 8k or 10k per month!
Q: Can sober living be used as an alternative to drug rehab?
A: There are many instances where a person will opt for a recovery home environment instead of a residential addiction treatment center. For instance, anyone without health insurance faces a really big price tag for drug rehab, and sober living is much cheaper. Even with medical insurance, depending on your plan, there could be as much as a 5 or 10 thousand dollar deductible for treatment, possibly more. The thing to consider is that some people must have all of their freedom and resources taken away from them during the initial few months of sobriety. The temptation and obsession for them to use is simply overbearing, and in these cases a sober living home generally cannot accomplish this as well as an inpatient treatment center.
If you should happen to have any questions that were not covered in this FAQ, we invite you to contact us 7 days a week at (844) 463-9593. Alternatively, you can email us using the contact form below.