How Effective Are Sober Living Homes?
Studies indicate that living in sober living homes after inpatient treatment increases recovery rates, financial strengthen and overall stability. An American Journal of Public Health study compared individuals who lived in a sober living home to those who only received outpatient treatment or attended self-help groups. A study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found sober living home residents experienced improvements in arrest rates, alcohol and drug use rates, and employment rates. The authors found evidence that self-help groups, wellness programs attendance, and social support systems were key components of recovery for residents. A variety of other studies have also found that sober living homes appear to be an effective component of the recovery process.
After one year, those who resided in a sober living home:
- Were less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.
- Made a higher average income.
- Were less likely to be incarcerated or reincarcerated.
- Reconnected with Family
- Created a stronger support network