If you or a loved one has almost completed an alcohol or other drug addiction treatment program but living at home isn’t a sober, supportive environment for you then a sober recovery home is a good option for you.

What Is Sober Living?

Sober living is just like it sounds, a place to stay where you’ll have a supportive community and can start your new life free from alcohol or other drugs. Residents in sober living homes commit to abstaining from substance use after completing inpatient treatment.

Living in a sober environment helps you develop new habits and routines, taking what you learned during drug or alcohol rehab and applying it in your daily life.


Sober living assist you to practice new skills, gain new insight, and shape your new life in recovery with other people who are possibly facing the same challenges. Sober living units provide a strong support network and community to help you safely navigate the tough spots and triggers you may encounter. 

How Does Sober Living Work?

At Wairua, sober living may occur after completion of a treatment program in one of our chalets. Sober living is typically can be run by a senior resident and drug screenings and house meetings are typical as well as peer-run groups and house rules. Sober living residents are welcome to come and go as they please, however abstinence outside of the Wairuas campus is required.

What Is a Sober Living House Like?

Typically, there are rules about shared living spaces and individual room maintenance and chores, visitor hours, meal times, curfews and Twelve Step meeting requirements.


How Long Can You Stay in a Sober Living House?

The time spent in a sober living chalet depends on a number of factors including strength of recovery from addiction, progress on milestones and your personal living situation at home. A minimum stay of one month is recommended, but many benefit from a longer stay for sustained sobriety.