Are ‘Cheap’ Sober Living Houses Always the Answer?

cheap sober livingRarely is “cheap” treatment of any kind the best possible choice in the treatment of a medical disorder. Though overpriced treatment options are not necessary, free and low-cost options often translate into less comprehensive care for the patient and increased chances of relapse in recovery.

Sober living is no different. Basing your choice on cost alone negates the purpose of sober living. Instead, patients and their families are encouraged to choose a sober living home based on its ability to provide:

  • Extensive support and monitoring
  • Wide range of options in terms of access to aftercare services
  • Proximity to family, a new job, and a new peer network
  • Well-educated, highly experienced staff members
  • The physical space and accountability measures that encourage ongoing progress in recovery on a personal level

The Problem With Cheap Sober Living Homes

The biggest issue is that there are often huge gaps in terms of support for each of the patients who reside in “cheap” sober living homes and, as a result, their ability to maintain sobriety as they grow therapeutically and begin the process of finding the building blocks to start a new life is compromised. “Cheap” sober living homes often lack the resources to provide:

  • Enough security and staff support 24 hours a day
  • Regular drug testing
  • Job skills support
  • Organic and nutritious food that translates into improved mood, continued detoxification, and a better focus on recovery for patients
  • In-home therapeutic support and holistic services that benefit recovery (e.g., acupuncture services, yoga classes, meditation nooks, etc.)

The Issue of Cost

The bill incurred by the best sober living homes and programs is not to be taken lightly. Certainly, finances are a huge issue in recovery, especially as patients are working to get back on their feet and build new lives. However, there are a number of avenues to explore to find the financing necessary to pay for a sober living program that will be the most beneficial. Prospective sober living residents are encouraged to:

  • Look at what health insurance covers. Sometimes, health insurance providers will cover some of the treatment services offered in aftercare, including part of sober living services.
  • Talk to family and friends. Family members may be interested in supporting demonstrated and continued progress in recovery.
  • Get a job. Even if the most immediately available position is not in the career of choice, it will provide a positive way to spend time in early recovery that is a shelter from drugs and alcohol, and it can also bring a paycheck to help cover the costs of sober living – just as will be expected when the patient leaves sober living and must pay rent and other bills.
  • Consider financing options. This may not be appropriate in every situation, but choosing a financing package that provides low monthly payments can be the best solution for covering the cost of optimum sober living and aftercare.

When considering the options in sober living, it’s important to remember that money spent on a cheap sober living program will be money wasted if it is ineffective. The cost of a return to addiction is always exponentially higher than a solid, well-priced sober living program will be. Call now for more information on finding a sober living situation that will work for you financially.