Sober Living in Arizona

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In this article, you'll learn about the different recovery housing and sober living options available in Arizona.

SpringBoard Recovery is a drug and alcohol rehab center near Phoenix, Arizona. We’re accredited by the Joint Commission for providing the highest national standards in addiction treatment.

What is sober living?

For many individuals in recovery, their regular homes are not stable, sober, and supportive environments. A sober living facility is a substance-free place where recovering addicts can live after completing an alcohol or drug addiction treatment program, or while participating in an outpatient program.

Sober living homes are designed as stepping stones to help recovering addicts learn how to live an independent, sober lifestyle, without the pressure and presence of typical triggers in their home environments.

One of the greatest benefits of a sober living, is that it provides a strong peer support network and community to help people better manage challenging situations in the early stages of recovery. However, sober living is just one type of a broader category of transitional housing called recovery housing.

Sober living, AZ: recovery housing and halfway houses

What’s the difference?

Halfway houses, sober living homes and residential housing are all types of recovery housing. They all have the same goal: to help people gradually transition back to independent living. Where they differ is in the level of support and supervision provided.

Halfway houses

Halfway houses are sober living environments, however they are usually meant for people transitioning out of incarceration. Some halfway houses are monitored by state agencies. There are several halfway houses in Arizona, many of which are located in Phoenix.

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Sober living house

A sober living environment is intended for people recovering from addiction. They are not monitored by the state and are maintained through resident fees.

The National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) outlines the following four levels of support:

  • Level I: peer-run or communal housing
  • Level II: monitored sober living homes
  • Level III: supervised housing 
  • Level IV: residential treatment housing 

Residential housing

The main difference between residential housing and other types of sober living homes is that residential housing can have clinical supervision, more in-house services and mandatory treatment.

What’s it like staying in a sober living home?

Like all places to live, there are advantages and disadvantages to a sober living home. Here are some things to consider when choosing a sober living home after your treatment has finished:

Advantages of sober living

  • Increased independence: you can return to work or study, apply for a new job, or enroll in a new course
  • Structure: there are rules, regular testing, local meetings and peer support to help you stay on track
  • Accountability: there is supervision to ensure that you follow the rules and meet your responsibilities

Disadvantages of sober living

The main downside of sober living homes and other recovery housing is the cost. Residents are responsible for a host of costs, which can sometimes be more expensive than independent living. Fees include:

  • Rent
  • House management fees
  • Fees for regular drug and alcohol testing
  • Other ancillary fees

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Recovery housing – Sober Living Arizona

The SAMHSA’s drug and alcohol treatment locator tool shows 26 facilities in Arizona that offer the following recovery housing options:

  • Transitional housing
  • Halfway house
  • Sober living house

Most of the sober living homes in Arizona are located in and around Phoenix and Tucson. SpringBoard Recovery offers on-site recovery housing in Scottsdale, just 22 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Finding a sober living home in Arizona

To find more providers of recovery housing, you can visit the Arizona Recovery Housing Association website or speak directly with an addiction treatment provider.

The Arizona Recovery Housing Association (AzRHA) is a statewide organization of sober home and halfway house providers that have proved to provide quality residential recovery services.

AzRHA has members and certified Sober Homes represented in cities from Yuma to Flagstaff, with the majority centered in metropolitan centers like Phoenix and Tucson.

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Recovery housing at SpringBoard in Arizona

At SpringBoard Recovery, we offer a stable, structured and supportive sober living environment where residents can focus on their recovery. It’s free from the usual stressors, triggers, and temptations that can lead to relapse. We offer support through:

  • Scheduled programming
  • Morning meditation
  • 12-Step meetings
  • Daily responsibilities
  • Individual and group accountability
  • Professional housing management
  • Personal goal setting and weekly progress meetings
  • Self-discovery
  • House rules and regulations, including random drug screening

On-site amenities at SpringBoard

We believe that our sober living community should be a supportive sanctuary. We provide our guests with a bright, modern and peaceful environment. From luxury linens to the state of the art entertainment, we leave no detail unaddressed.

Our facilities and amenities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Yoga studio
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Coffee service
  • Deluxe outdoor grill
  • Extensive programming

Our recovery housing model

At SpringBoard Recovery, we offer a unique model that combines our intensive outpatient treatment program and residential housing. We design personalized approaches for each resident to give them the best chance at remaining sober. Our approach combine:

  • An individualized treatement plan
  • The 12-Step program
  • A combination of cognitive and behavioral therapy as well as group therapy

Sober Living: FAQs

1) Does sober living and recovery housing work?

Research has shown that sober living environments can promote successful recovery outcomes. These include reduced substance use, higher rates of employment and lower criminal activity. Recovery environments with fewer residents and 12-step programs tend to have better outcomes.

2) Does health insurance cover the cost of sober living?

No. Health insurance only covers the cost of addiction treatment. Residents of sober living homes are expected to be financially independent. Check if your insurance covers addiction treatment!

3) How long can a person stay in sober living?

There is no required length of stay, but it is recommended that they stay for at least 30 days to reduce the likeliness of relapse. Residents can usually stay as long as they need to.

4) Do you have to go to rehab before moving into a sober living house in Arizona?

No. Most sober living homes do not have restrictions on who can apply to live in their houses. However, most residents have gone through a substance abuse rehab program.

5) What happens if someone relapses in a sober living home?

Every Arizona sober living home has its own consequences if the rules are broken. Some of them may have a process in place that will allow a relapsing individual to stay if they get back on track.

Other homes have a zero-tolerance policy for any drug and alcohol use. The individual may be forced to leave.

6) What happens after sober living?

Many people go on to rent their own apartments or even buy homes. They are encouraged not to return to their former homes if people who used drugs and alcohol still live there. Instead, they can get help finding a place to live that is drug- and alcohol-free.

As far as treatment goes, ongoing therapy or a support group is an absolute must. Participating in AA or NA meetings is always encouraged.

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External Sources

  • National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR). Homepage. 2021. Available at NARROnline.org.
  • Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS). Sober Living Homes – Licensing Factsheet. June 2019. Available at AzDHS.gov.
  • Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS). Special Licensing – Sober Living Homes. 2021. Available at AzDHS.gov.
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Affording House Models & Recovery. October 2021. Available at SAMHSA.gov.
  • National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR). Recovery Residence Quality Standards. *Updated. Available at NARROnline.org.
  • Oxford House, Inc. The Purpose & Structure of Oxford House. 2021. Available at OxfordHouse.org.
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Recovery Housing: Best Practices & Suggested Guidelines. October 2021. Available at SAMHSA.gov.
  • Tucson, Arizona: Mayor’s Office: Mayor Regina Romero. Proclamation – March, 27, 2020. March 2020. Available at TucsonAz.gov.
  • U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts. 2021. Available at CDC.gov.
  • Arizona Health Core Cost Containment System. Arizona 2018 Statewide Substance Use Prevention Needs Assessment. September 2018. Available at AzCCCS.gov.
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Find Treatment. 2021. Available at SAMHSA.gov.
  • Arizona Recovery Housing Association (AzRHA). Homepage. 2021. Available at MyAzRHA.org/
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine. What Did We Learn from Our Study on Sober Living Houses, and Where Do We Go from Here? March 2011. Available at NLM.NIH.gov.
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS). Recovery Housing in the State of Ohio: Findings and Recommendations from an Environmental Scan. June 2013. Available at NEOMed.edu.
  • Arizona Department of Health Services. Sober Living Homes Licensing Fact Sheet. July 1, 2019. Available at azdhs.gov.
  • Recovery Research Institute. Recovery residences: Which housing characteristics predict positive resident outcomes? 2019. Available at recoveryanswers.org.

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