Sober House FAQ

Sober House FAQ: How much does it cost?

The cost of sober living depends entirely on the house and its location. Rent is usually comparable to the surrounding property values. Cost also depends on the services and amenities offered at the sober living home. Some provide luxurious amenities and counseling services, while others are more modest. Residents are expected to pay their own rent through employment unless they are going to school full time and their rent is paid by loans or family members.

Sober House FAQ: What’s my curfew?

Curfew depends entirely on the rules of the house. In general, the curfew is later on the weekends than it is on the weeknights. If your job requires you to be out past curfew, arrangements with your house manager need to be made ahead of time.

The sober house curfew is usually dependent on the amount of time you have been in a sober house, and if you are fulfilling your obligations as a resident of a sober house. The sober house curfew for someone who has just moved in is generally earlier than for those who have been in residence longer. In addition, the sober house curfew is usually later for those who have a job or are going to school. Oftentimes, house managers will use the sober house curfew as a punishment when someone violates another sober house rule. For example, if you fail to do your chores or don’t come home on time, you will be put on early curfew for a period of time.

Sober House FAQ: How long do I have to stay?

The length of stay in a sober house can vary depending on the individual. Generally you sign an agreement when they begin living in a sober house that acts as a contract for how long they will stay. At the end of the contract, they can either stay longer or move out at that time. As long as someone is doing well and keeping up with the requirements, most sober houses have no limit on how long people can stay. Some people have legal requirements that determine how long they will stay.

Sober House FAQ: Do sober living homes house criminals?

Some places do house people on probation or with other legal trouble. Many residents, however, are living at a sober house voluntarily. They want to have a safe place to stay while they re-acclimate to the outside world after treatment.

Sober House FAQ: What are some of the other rules?

Besides the sober house curfew, there are usually other certain house rules you must follow in a sober house. Often, sober houses prohibit certain items (i.e. drugs, alcohol, weapons) or behaviors (i.e. residents are not allowed to spend time in bars or hookah lounges); require a resident to be involved in school, work, or outpatient treatment; and do not allow overnight guests. The punishment for breaking rules can range from early curfew or financial penalty to expulsion from the sober house, depending on the offense.