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What is a Sober Living Evironment?
A Sober Living Environment is a place where people can live free of drugs and alcohol.  A "Sober Living Environment" or SLE is different from Halfway Houses because all sober living environments have a strong focus on recovery, whereas Halfway Houses often refers to the next level of independent living one would go to after leaving a homeless shelter or prison.  Not all transitional housing has a focus on recovery.  An SLE is different from renting a room from someone who is clean and sober because an SLE involves each resident signing a legal contract that they will be removed immediately upon relapse, whereas someone renting rooms out to several people have no legal right to ask someone to leave because they drink in the house.

Recovery Residences (SLE's) are not licensed, regulated or overseen by the State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP).  You should be very wary of Recovery Residences that claim that they are licensed by the State.  If you own a recovery residence, even if you also own a licensed treatment center, you cannot say that your treatment recovery residence is licensed by the State.  ADP does license, regulate and oversee residential treatment centers, therefore recovery residences must be careful not to promote themselves in such a way that they come across as offering treatment.  A single company may own both a recovery residence and other treatment programs, so much as each facility is designated as one or the other.  The National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) has been established and as a founding member we are helping to create national standards for Recovery Residences which will be supported by the states.

If you need a Sober Living Environment

General information about Sober Living Environments is useful; however, personal investigation is essential. If you are interested in a particular house, you may wish to consider whether:
• The house appears clean and well maintained.
• There are other conditions of residency.
• There is a written policy dealing with use of alcohol or other drugs.
• Local planning officials have any record of local ordinance violations at the house.
• Residents, or former residents, who are willing to speak with you about their experience with the house, have good things to say about it.
• It is recommended to you by the staff of a licensed facility, by the county alcohol or drug program administrator, or by other personal contacts knowledgeable about alcohol or drug abuse treatment or recovery.
• There is a resident agreement for each resident, signed by the owner, representative, or manager, and the resident, that shows clearly the amount of any deposit, refund policy, fee payment schedule, policy on return of fees if a person leaves, and housekeeping duties.



California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources

CAARR has been registering SLE's that meet their minimum requirements for years.  They provide a Certificate of Registration.


Glossary of Terms

Halfway House-Sometimes focused on re-integrating parolees and sometimes focused on recovery.

Transitional Living-May or May not allow people to drink on the premises, not all are recovery focused.

Sober Living Environment (SLE)-This term makes it obvious that the people in the house are in recovery. The new National Standard is "recovery Residence".

Certification-It is optional for SLE's to become certified, registered or get a certificate, however this helps people to know something about the standards of the SLE.

Licensure-The State does not License SLEs.  The State does license treatment centers.  Some licensed treatment centers also have SLE's.




National Institute Of Mental Health Research

The two models studied were the Oxford House Model and the California SLE Model:
-Oxford House Results
-Sober Living Environment (CSTL homes in Sacramento)
successful life of recovery. The brain goes through periods of chemical changes in the first year and this is a critical time for people in recovery to have lots of support. It is not uncommon for a person to stay at a recovery residence for a year or more.

Recovery residences are not halfway houses, which offer professional services, counseling, job training, life skills, and other support services to the general homeless population and those in transition from prison.

Recovery Residences aren't licensed. We only include recovery residences which meet our stringent criteria.  We visit and research each home ourselves.  We require that they provide reasonable measures to insure the house remains clean and sober.  These measures go beyond a signed contract that this is a "fee for service"  recovery residence, and include such measures as random Urine Analysis or other methods of testing, as well as adequate supervision.  When we find a place that doesn't meet our standards we teach them what they would need to do, and then we check back in with them to see proof that they have met our standards before we are willing to include them in our listings
Learn More About Sober Living Environments
People in recovery have found it helpful to be surrounded by others in recovery.  Perhaps the best way to do this is by living with others who are in recovery.   Bill W. And Dr. Bob spent time living together and housing others new in recovery.  This helped their own recovery and the recovery  of others.  Some transitional homes focus on providing shelter and allow drinking.  Others are known as Sober Living Environments, and seek to provide a space for people who are focused on recovery.
After inpatient treatment, it is important to continue recovery in a supportive, clean and sober environment. Participation in a Recovery Residence (Sober Living Environment) is strongly recommended. Recovery Residences are a place where you become part of a family which helps each other and supports one another in dealing with life's challenges while maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle.

Living in a household where everyone is clean, sober, and actively working a recovery program reduces the incidence of relapse and helps the person in recovery learn to deal with every day ups and downs in a new way. This is a way to learn to support individual growth while learning how to live without drugs or alcohol. The longer a person in recovery stays away from their using environment, the higher their success at staying clean and sober.

The minimum recommended time to live in a recovery residence is three months but the longer you stay, the better your chances are of having a
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