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Sober Living Homes in Indiana

You’ve finished your inpatient drug treatment program, but you’re not ready to move home again. What can you try? A sober living home can be a good option, and Indiana has plenty to choose from.


Sober living homes can differ by intensity, rules, costs, and so much more. It’s critical to choose your sobriety partner carefully, so you can get the most benefit from this therapeutic option.

How Do Sober Living Homes Work?

Sober living homes are drug- and alcohol-free residences for people working on addiction recovery. Typically, they’re not licensed or funded by state or local agencies. The residents of a sober living community pay for the costs, just as they might pay rent for an apartment or house.[1]

Recovery homes can vary by all sorts of factors, including fees, rules, services offered, lengths of stay allowed, and self-help group integration.[2]

Indiana splits recovery housing into levels:[3]

  • Level 1: These sober living houses are run by residents who live together like a family. No formal mental health treatment services, such as counseling, is provided. But peers may help you grow in your recovery. 
  • Level 2: A house manager monitors the sober living home. Residents share communal spaces and have support in accessing treatment, healthcare, and employment options. 
  • Level 3: Staff is available to provide skill development and help people access addiction treatment options. 
  • Level 4: An organizational hierarchy and administrative oversight are available. Sometimes, these sober living houses have an institutional feel. In other cases, they are more like traditional homes. 

All sober living homes, no matter how they are structured, put people in recovery under the same roof. The social aspect of the homes is critical to people recovering.[2] 

Residents live together, maintain the home together, work together, and sometimes attend support recovery meetings together. They learn from one another and can lean on one another in difficult moments. 

Benefits of Sober Living Homes 

Anyone hoping to strengthen sobriety skills could benefit from enrolling in a sober living home. But some people should consider this step mandatory for a healthier life. 

Sober living environments are ideal for people who share these characteristics:[4]

  • They’re actively working on sobriety. 
  • They want a safe, structured, and sober living environment. 
  • They want to stay connected to addiction treatment opportunities. 
  • They are at risk of homelessness. 
  • They are living in a neighborhood filled with relapse risks. 

Sober living homes were born in the 1960s and 1970s, when researchers realized that a person’s social network is critical to long-term recovery. Experts thought that removing people from destructive living environments could help them build new social support systems and healthier habits.[1]

People who live in sober living homes have plenty of opportunities to feel understood, help others, face feedback, and engage in accountability.[5] For people who live alone or don’t have a supportive home life, this environment could be critical to alcohol and drug recovery. 

Finding a Sober Living Home in Indiana 

Several sober living homes are available in Indiana. Directories like this one provide a quick and easy way to find out more about your options within the state.[6]

You may benefit from sober living houses that are slightly larger and part of a treatment organization. Researchers say that people who enroll in places like this (rather than smaller, independent facilities) tend to have better outcomes.[7]

If you’ve enrolled in a credible substance abuse treatment program, such as one we offer at Boca Recovery Center in Indiana, you can ask your team for a referral to a sober living home. Your treatment team knows you and your history, and they can help to match you with a rehabilitation program that feels right for you. 

Once you’ve settled on a few potential treatment options, visit each one. The length of your stay and the involvement in the rehabilitation program is the most consistent predictor of success.[8] 

Ensure that you’re happy with the program and the way it’s designed. If you don’t like it, you may not stay as long as you should.

Updated November 7, 2023
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