Finances are almost always an issue when addiction has been a problem. Patients in active addiction often:
- Lose their job due to an inability to show up time and perform up to standards
- Are unable to find a new job or facilitate the process of job hunting
- Spend a large amount of money on drugs and alcohol
- Go deeply into debt to cover basic living costs
- Incur substantial medical bills and/or legal fees as a result of addiction
- Owe payment for inpatient addiction treatment
Even in the cases when such a hefty financial burden is not a part of the patient’s background, it is always beneficial to find a sober living situation that is affordable. Starting out in a new sober life with an unnecessarily expensive sober living bill is not the best financial choice and could end up adding to the stress that ultimately subverts the process of recovery by triggering relapse.
Affordable Sober Living
The challenge is to find a sober living situation that:
- Suits the personal needs of the patient in terms of location, resources and amenities
- Comes with a bill that fits the patient’s financial situation
This can be a tough order to fill. Subsidized sober living homes that are funded by state and federal resources may be free or low-cost but are often overcrowded, have few resources and amenities, and have long waiting lists. Subpar support in recovery is not worth the lesser – or lack of a – bill when it potentially means relapsing while waiting for a spot to open, relapsing while living in the home due to lack of support and monitoring, or relapsing once home because there was no ongoing therapeutic treatment and support.
Paying for Sober Living
There are a number of options that patients have when it comes to paying for sober living, just as they have when paying for drug addiction treatment. These often include some combination of the following:
- Health insurance. Premium health insurance policies may cover all or part of the bill for sober living when it is medically indicated after inpatient drug rehab. It is rare to find a policy that covers the cost completely, but it is worth it to call the health insurance provider and find out exactly what treatment services in aftercare, including sober living, may be covered and in what amount.
- Family resources. Family members who generously offered financial support before they recognized the issue of addiction might be wary of giving money to their addicted loved ones for fear that it will be misspent. It’s a valid concern and perfectly understandable, but patients who have completed an inpatient addiction treatment program and need assistance paying for continued care in a sober living home may find that their family members are more inclined to help due to their demonstrated sobriety and continued dedication to recovery.
- Working. Unlike inpatient addiction treatment, patients who take part in a sober living program are encouraged to work, and it’s not uncommon to use a portion of the resulting paychecks to pay for the room and board provided by sober living just as one would pay rent and buy groceries if living on their own. Just like working one’s way through college has been proven to increase one’s GPA, working while in recovery can improve the success of the patient by boosting independence, self-esteem, positive peer networks, and more.
- Financing. For the remainder of the bill not covered by other resources, financing options that are designed to fit the budget of the person in recovery are available.
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Further Reading About The Benefits of Finding an Affordable Sober Living