These two treatment options are often mistaken for each other. While both offer people who are suffering from substance use disorders a sober environment to promote recovery, there are significant differences between the two. The state usually operates halfway houses for people who have been court-ordered to pursue a substance abuse treatment program and don’t have anywhere else to live. Rooms are often dormitory-style with minimal decor.
Sober living homes are privately run. They’re usually operated by rehab centers to give clients who complete a rehab program continuity of care. Also, they provide people in recovery with a comfortable, structured and healthy environment to help them transition back to normal life.
There are some similarities between sober living houses and halfway houses. Both require that the residents abstain from substance use, both usually have curfews and both provide resources to encourage clients to seek education or employment, including 12-step programs. However, there is often much more investment in staffing and resources in a sober living environment.
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