A safe place to build a solid foundation for a better future. 

Studies have found that social support for recovery was important in establishing sustained abstinence. Abstinence from alcohol and drugs was associated with social support for sobriety and involvement in Alcoholics. People in recovery who had social networks with a higher number of abstainers and recovering alcoholics had better outcome 3 years after treatment completion.


Characteristics of Sober Living Houses


Sober Living Houses are structured in a way that avoids some of the limitations of halfway houses. The essential characteristics include: 

1) An alcohol and drug free living environment for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs, 

2) No formal treatment services, but mandated attendance at 12-step self-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), 

3) Required compliance with house rules such as maintaining abstinence, paying rent and other fees, participating in house chores and attending house meetings, 

4) Resident responsibility for financing rent and other costs

5) An invitation for residents to stay in the house as long as they wish provided they comply with house rules. 


SLH emphasize a “social model approach” to managing houses that some houses have a “residents' council,” which functions as a type of government for the house.


Recovery Philosophy in Sober Living Houses


Central to recovery in SLHs is involvement in 12-step mutual help groups. Residents are required to attend meetings and actively work a 12-step recovery program (e.g., obtain a sponsor, practice the 12 steps, and volunteer for service positions that support meetings). Residents are encouraged to provide mutual support and encouragement for recovery with fellow peers in the house. Those who have been in the house the longest and who have more time in recovery are especially encouraged to provide support to new residents. This type of “giving back” is consistent with a principle of recovery in 12-step groups. Residents are also encouraged to avoid friends and family who might encourage them to use alcohol and drugs, particularly individuals with whom they have used substances in the past.

Recovery Housing as housing in an abstinence-focused and peer-supported community for people recovering from substance use issues. Recovery Housing programs include a high percentage of staff in all areas of the organization that are in recovery themselves. Not only does this type of staffing advance the goals of the program through peer support, but it provides program participants, in some cases, with an opportunity to become employed in a mission-oriented work environment. This creates an environment that benefits both the organization and the individual program participants. Recovery Housing models can provide a high degree of quality and positive outcomes for the program participants; can fulfill a unique and specific role within a community’s behavioral healthcare systems; and can help provide meaningful choice in housing settings for people with substance use disorders.


Programs to have the following defining characteristics and effective practices:

  • Program participation is self-initiated (there may be exceptions for court ordered participation) and residents have expressed a preference for living in a housing setting targeted to people in recovery with an abstinence focus;
  • There are minimal barriers to entry into programs, so that long periods of sobriety, income requirements, clean criminal records, or clear eviction histories are not required for program entry
  • Core outcomes should emphasize long-term housing stability and minimizing returns to homelessness in addition to the personal recovery goals of program participants.
  • Policies and operations should ensure individual rights of privacy, dignity and respect, and freedom from coercion and restraint.  Residents have personal privacy and 24/7 access to the housing, with community space for resident gatherings and meetings.
  • Policies and operations should optimize autonomy and independence in making life choices;
  • Programs successfully help people move into permanent housing destinations if and when they exit the program.
  • Programs are of high quality and performance, with performance measures in place that take into account the needs and challenges of the population being served.

Hope Springs Recovery Inc. is not a residential treatment, medical model, we do not provide therapy or medications. We acknowledge that these are important, often crucial in people’s recovery. We recognize that people exist in the complex context of their lives, and that in the right conditions, people do recover.

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This program is designed to strengthen recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, foster an environment where natural leadership can emerge, and bring people together within the recovery community to create positive change and overcome the stigma of addiction.

Hope Springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be Blest.

The Soul, uneasy and confined from home, rests and expatiates in a life to come.

Alexander Pope – An Essay on Man, 1733


“Sustain me according to the resident promise, that I may live, and let me not be disappointed in my hope.”

Psalm 119:116

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