The financial cost of sober living cannot be simply summed up. It varies significantly from residence to residence and will depend upon a range of factors, including:
- Health insurance coverage specifics
- Type of sober living option chosen
- Where the sober living home is located
- How long the patient stays at the sober living establishment
It’s important to remember when choosing a sober living home that the choice should be based on the personal needs of the patient and not necessarily focus on the financial cost. Choosing a sub-par sober living home or leaving too early in order to pay a lesser bill up front could mean a far larger cost in the long run in terms of pain and suffering caused by relapse and a return to addiction.
The Costs of Choosing a Sub-Par Sober Living Home
Many families opt for the cheapest sober living or extended rehab experience they can find and hope for the best. But rock-bottom prices often translate into low levels of support and high rates of relapse among residents. Patients will experience:
- Overcrowding. Lower costs mean that more patients must enroll in order for the establishment to pay its overhead costs. This translates into more patients in each room, increased chances of theft and discord between patients, and a less personalized standard of care.
- Lack of amenities. With more patients and less financial support, low-cost sober living homes often supply minimal menus that prioritize cost savings over nutritive value and fewer high-end amenities to be shared among residents, which can mean an atmosphere of deprivation and institutionalization rather than healing.
- Fewer staff members. Lower costs mean less pay for staff members, which can mean lesser-educated staff with less experience as well as fewer staff members per patient. This often means that things fall through the cracks (e.g., people aren’t held to house rules, drugs get into the house, inappropriate incidents occur in the house, etc.).
- Lesser therapeutic support. A high-number caseload for the few therapists on staff means that patients don’t always get the care and support they need when they need it.
- Fewer aftercare services. Because there is barely enough money in the budget to keep staff on hand and food on the table, there is a lesser availability of different types of therapy and treatment options to sustain patients in their ongoing recovery at the house.
The Costs of Leaving Sober Living Too Early
Another place that some patients and their families attempt to cut financial costs is length of stay at the sober living home. Unfortunately, leaving too soon often has the same effect of leaving drug rehab too soon; if the patient is not yet stabilized in recovery, it won’t take much in terms of stressors for them to relapse. Allowing your loved one to remain in a sober living home until they are ready to leave means that they will:
- Have increased confidence in their ability to avoid relapse
- Have more “clean time,” which increases the confidence of others in their ability to stay clean and sober, including potential landlords and employers
- Have more time without the temptation of alcohol and drugs in their home
- Have more time to process underlying trauma or receive treatment for co-occurring mental health issues
- Have more time to put positive coping mechanisms into practice, including improving mental wellness and outlook, before facing the “real world”
What Are the Potential Costs of Avoiding Sober Living?
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