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What to Look for in a Good Sober Living Home

Updated on September 14, 2011

Sober Living Homes to Overcome Addiction


Finding a Good Sober Living Home

Getting over addiction can be one of the largest struggles that any individual ever has to face in their lives. While a sober living home can provide the perfect environment for someone to work on those addictions and overcome them. Unfortunately, there are many disreputable individuals out there who often take advantage of addicts in states where sober living homes are not closely monitored or regulated by the state. A good sober living home can be an integral part of the recovery process for alcoholics and drug addicts, but a poorly run home by an unscrupulous individual can be extremely harmful to the process and even prevent recovery from taking place at all. Obviously, this is the last thing that you want to run into when dealing with the difficulties of finding a supportive recovery environment.

The good news is that while there is no easy way to immediately separate the good sober living homes from the bad ones, you can make a checklist of several simple and basic things to look at to help you determine if the sober home you're evaluating will be the helpful and supporting environment that you need or if there are enough red flags to consider looking for a new location. This decision is an extremely important one, especially when you consider the responsibility of paying monthly rent and contributing to utilities and the community involved.

One of the first things you should look for in any good sober living home is the condition and set up of living arrangements in the house itself. While it's not necessarily uncommon to have one roommate, if you see a living situation with three, four, or more people per room then that should be a red flag that it is not a good environment. Also look at the building itself and the surrounding neighborhood. If the area is rundown and has crime issues and drug dealers at every corner, there's no way that building is a true sober home. One of the biggest parts of creating a good environment for addiction recovery is to make sure the sober home is a well maintained building that is located in a decent neighborhood. These are critical factors to success.

The next step is to talk to the supervisor in person, and talk to individuals who are in that sober home. You should get a much better idea based on interactions with the residents and manager whether or not that environment would be a good fit for you. This is very important as a good manager makes a huge difference in any given sober home, and having people you can relate to and who all have a positive attitude can make the transition much easier.

If you remember to follow this advice when you're doing your research, you will find the right situation for yourself on the road to recovery. Fortunately, there are many excellent examples of sober living homes out there, and one such would be the New Found Life Sober Living House of Delray Beach Florida located at


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