For many people struggling with addiction, the toughest step toward recovery is the very first one: recognizing that you have a problem and deciding to make a change. It’s normal to feel uncertain about whether you’re ready to start recovery, or if you have what it takes to quit. If you’re addicted to a prescription drug, you may be concerned about how you’re going to find an alternate way to treat a medical condition. It’s okay to feel torn. Committing to sobriety involves changing many things, including:

  • The way you deal with stress

  • Who you allow in your life

  • What you do in your free time

  • How you think about yourself

  • The prescription and over-the-counter medications you take

It’s also normal to feel conflicted about giving up your drug of choice, even when you know it’s causing problems in your life. Recovery requires time, motivation, and support, but by making a commitment to change, you can overcome your addiction and regain control of your life.



  • Drug testing. Complete sobriety is required in a sober living home, just as it is in drug rehab. Those who are caught in violation of this rule because they have drugs in their possession or fail a drug test will either lose privileges or be asked to leave depending upon the policy of the house.

  • House meetings. Regular meetings are usually mandatory in a sober living home. This provides a place for everyone to check in and work through grievances, assign chores, and get answers to questions.

  • The 12 Steps. Some places offer in-home 12-Step meetings. Others require residents to attend meetings in the community and get a sheet signed to prove their attendance.

  • Curfews. Being home by a certain time is mandatory, especially for new residents. Over time, if a resident has a commitment at school or work, then this rule may be waived under certain conditions.

  • Bathroom schedule. With a number of people living in one place, it may be necessary to assign shower times to make sure that everyone is able to get where they need to be on time.

  • Cleaning. Cleaning of communal areas is generally up to the residents. Chores are usually assigned on a rotating basis.

  • Meal prep. If meals are shared as a community, then planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation may be assigned to residents on a rotating basis as well.

  • Personal treatment plan goals. If the sober living home requires patients to develop a treatment plan and meet with in-house case managers, then residents will be required to do the work during the week and progress toward treatment goals.





If all requirements are met, then residents can often earn privileges that usually come in the form of more freedom. These may include any or all of the following:

  • Free time. Time off from mandatory house outings or the ability to pick the activity may be one privilege.

  • Group outings. Getting to join a group of residents on a special outing – going shopping, to an amusement park, a museum, to a park, etc. – is another option.

  • Personal outings. Being allowed to go for a walk up to a nearby store or go out into the community with or without a sober partner 

  • Release from chores. Enjoying free time rather than taking part in community chores when the rest of the house is working is always a nice break.

  • Family visits. It’s not unusual to have standard family visit days but extra visits with family may be available on a case-by-case basis.

  • Fewer restrictions. Enjoying fewer restrictions overall is a privilege that can be earned with time spent in the home and a proven track record of reliability.



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New Haven, CT 06513


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