Recovery Homes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Brian Lucas Often called “three-quarter houses,” recovery homes (or sober living houses) can be – and often are – a critical component in the long-term success of those in recovery. Alcohol and drug-free, they can provide a safe, peer-supported transitional living environment for clients who are not ready to return to pre-treatment living situations that were toxic, unsupportive and/or enabling.  Unless they are affiliated with licensed rehab facilities, recovery homes typically are for-profit businesses, often owned and operated by those who themselves are in recovery. They are financially sustained through weekly or monthly program fees charged to the residents,…

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