Success Rate of Sober Living

Success Rate of Sober Living

The success rate of sober living is unknown but it is most definitely better than the success rate of someone who doesn’t attend any kind of sober living after treatment. Lack of a stable, alcohol and drug free place to live can be a serious and almost insurmountable obstacle for addicts and alcoholics. Destructive living arrangements can totally derail recovery for even the most highly motivated addicts and alcoholics.

Sober living is an alcohol and drug free living environment for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs. Sober living is not licensed for funded by state or local governments and the residents themselves pay for the cost. The philosophy of recovery in a sober living house emphasizes 12-step group attendance and peer support.

So what are the success rates of sober living?

Research in one California study measured treatment outcomes over an eighteen month period from a sample of patients who were provided sober living as part of their outpatient treatment. Participants were male, with an average age of around 40 years old. A fourth of them were criminal justice referrals. A third of them was either homeless or lived in a shelter. Residents were dependent on cocaine, alcohol, marijuana, heroin and amphetamines. Participants were interviewed at intake and at 6, 12, and 18 months.

The study found that sober living clients experienced significant improvements when it came to stay sober and even days worked. Involvement in 12-step groups was the strongest predictor of reductions in alcohol and drug use. The outcomes did not vary by demographics such as age, race, and education. The study concluded that sober living should be considered as a part of outpatient treatment for clients who have access to limited financial resources or reside in destructive living environments. The reason being, success of the individuals who were in sober living and staying sober.

The success rates of sober living are much higher in comparison to someone who doesn’t attend sober living. And it seems like the success rates of sober living go up even more if the clients of sober living also attend a 12-step group. The longer amount of time spent at a sober living residence the better too. Someone who stays at a sober living home and attends a 12-step group for a long period of time usually has a much higher chance of success than someone who just goes back to the original living environment and does not attend a 12 step group.

I know this is especially true for myself and most of the people I know who have multiple years sober. Sober living really can get addicts and alcoholics who have been unstable for so long the ability to start off on a stable and sturdy foundation instead of going back into the same unsteadiness once again. The success rates of sober living aren’t exact but they are good. The risks of going back into an old environment or giving yourself a better chance at staying sober with a sober living environment seems like an easy choice to make.


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How to Start a Halfway House

How to Start a Halfway House


What is a Halfway House?

Halfway Houses are transitional living places for those in recovery from drugs or alcohol. They are also called sober houses. Some people go to halfway houses from a treatment center, prison, or a homeless situation, while others go there to be in a sober and clean environment to begin the recovery process. Some residents are in halfway houses due to court orders.

Aspects of a Halfway House

Many halfway houses are run by people who themselves were at one time a halfway house resident. The houses accommodate either men or women. Most halfway houses require residents to pass breathalyzer and drug screening tests. Some houses have curfews.

Make sure the house is located so that your residents can easily get to AA and NA meetings. In recovery, we are self-supporting. Be certain that you are clear on what is expected from you and what you expect from your residents. Assign cleaning chores, including making their beds and keeping their rooms tidy.

Choose a house near public transportation for those of your residents who do not have their own transportation.

Why You Should Start a Halfway House

You should only open a halfway house if you are passionate about the cause. And, if you are passionate, it can be done with little or no money. There are various grants and loans available to get a house started. Learn from experience and check with someone who already has a house to see how to open one.

How to Start a Halfway House

Step 1: Acquire the licenses and permits needed to operate a halfway house in the community you select.

Step 2: Purchase or lease a property. Your financial circumstances may dictate this choice, but county, city, township and other lawmaking agencies frequently require property ownership before they are willing to sanction a halfway house in a residential neighborhood. Once you find one or more likely properties, have your top choices inspected by a certified building inspector to avoid “buyer’s remorse.”

Step 3: Renovate the property. Unless the home you buy was operated as a halfway house in the past, you’ll likely have to modify it to accommodate zoning laws that sanction the number of people you can house there, or any personal limits you’ve placed on resident capacity. Purchase insurance to cover the house and its contents, and add liability coverage to protect your personal assets from lawsuits. A regular homeowner’s policy isn’t adequate for a group home.

Step 4: Hire staff and create policies, rules and regulations. Having staff in place before the first resident arrives is a huge advantage, because experienced halfway house employees can help you write an operations manual and set rules, regulations and policies that will guide both clients and staff. Make sure you run background checks on everyone, from counselors to housekeeping employees.

Step 5: Set up the accounting aspects of your halfway house so it operates smoothly well into the future. Accurate records are important if you want your sponsors to continue making financial contributions, and it goes without saying that finding additional sponsors will be an ongoing activity.

Step 6: Implement programming. Residents released from rehab programs require an inordinate amount of structure in their lives so they can learn to become responsible members of both the halfway house and the outside world. Establish tight schedules that include mandated housekeeping chores, group counseling sessions, one-on-one therapy time, recreational activities, job searching and life skill building time. Plan social events, meetings and include alone time.

Remember: It is unlawful to discriminate in housing. The Supreme Court has ruled that recovering alcoholics and drug addicts are a protected class under the handicapped provisions of the Federal Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988. If you seek a house in a good neighborhood, you’ll find it.








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The History of Alcoholics Anonymous

The History of Alcoholics Anonymous

The History of Alcoholics Anonymous – The Washingtonians

The history of Alcoholics Anonymous goes back a long ways. In fact it goes all the way back to the 1800’s with the Washingtonians. The Washingtonians were the first group that tried to find a solution to the drinking problem. The Washingtonians didn’t try to just help alcoholics though and this may have been their downfall. The Washingtonians began with a group of men. This group of men couldn’t stop drinking. One day this group of men decided to go hear a clergyman from the church speak. After hearing the clergyman speak of spiritual principles, the group of men went back to the bar and began discussing what the clergyman had spoken of. The whole night passed in the bar and the men eventually realized that during their discussion of spiritual principles they hadn’t drank, not even once. This group of men took this idea and began trying to help everything and everyone. The importance of spiritual principles sprung from that meeting and become a core part of the movement. The problem was that the Washingtonians didn’t have a specific purpose and ended up growing too large too fast and slowly faded out.

The History of Alcoholics Anonymous – The Oxford Group

After the Washingtonians, came the Oxford Group. The Oxford Group was a Protestant religious group meant to help alcoholics. The only issued with the Oxford Group was they were very strictly religious. The Oxford group practices included the 5 C’s and the Four Absolutes. The 5 C’s included:

  • Confidence
  • Confession
  • Conviction
  • Conversion
  • Continuance

The Four Absolutes- which are spiritual principles were:

  • Absolute-Honesty
  • Absolute-Purity
  • Absolute-Unselfishness
  • Absolute-Love

The Oxford Group believed that drinking was a sin but that sinners could be changed through confession, accessing God directly, realizing that miracles are possible and that through changing they must change others. Bill Wilson in his founding of AA used a lot of what the Oxford Group taught for the basis of AA with some very profound differences.


The History of Alcoholics Anonymous – Bill Meets Bob

Bill Wilson got sober through the Oxford Group and went on to meet Dr. Bob who didn’t remain sober at first but eventually did. After Bill and Bob both found their footing in sobriety they both officially made Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935.

The two men sought to make a program that could help even the most hopeless alcoholics. Bill and Bob believed that alcoholics were in a state of insanity (not sin) which the Oxford Group implied. They believed a spiritual conversion was necessary for sobriety and sanity. Surrendering to a higher power and working with other alcoholics was imperative to staying sober and could show drinking alcoholics that it was possible to enjoy life without drinking. The process for a spiritual conversion included surrender which involved a confession of powerlessness, and a prayer that said the man believed in a higher power that could restore him to sanity. The idea of individuals being able to choose a “higher power” of their own was Bill W.’s idea and is a huge part of AA. The idea of helping other alcoholics came from Bill W’s work in Akron. What happened in Akron was that Bill W. learned that an alcoholic must have another alcoholic to work with in order to remain sober. The second concept from his work in Akron was that if the alcoholic postponed drinking for one day, one hour or even one minute he could remain sober.

Following these events and eventually the complete clarification of the 12 steps the Big Book was published in 1939. Its main objective is to help the alcoholic find a power greater than himself that will solve his problem; the “problem” being an inability to stay sober on his or her own.

Today there are hundreds of thousands of big books being printed and millions and millions of meetings and AA members all over the world.



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