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Frequently Asked Questions

Do sober living homes decrease property values?

Studies that interviewed community members living next to and near sober living homes showed that sober living residents blend in well with the community and make good neighbors. Neighbors interviewed also had gained resources, friendships or a greater sense of security following contact with sober living home residents.

Furthermore, they found no evidence of property devaluation in neighborhoods containing sober living homes. In communities where residents were aware of the sober living home members actually saw an increase in property value over the course of 3 years. [1]

Are residents expected to work and volunteer?

Working and volunteering are considered important components of recovery. Residents will have to pay residence fees so it will be important for them to have income to meet financial obligations. Employment outcomes tend to improve over time when residing in a sober living home. [2]

What is the recommended length of stay a recovery house.

While research on this is limited and difficult due to different environments, Oxford House studies indicate that residents who stayed more than 6 months had relapse rates of 16.6% compared to relapse rates of 45.7% for residents staying less than six months. This could be enough time to allow residents to stabilize and adapt to their post-treatment circumstances at a self defined pace. [3]

What other programs in conjunction with a recovery house can help residents' outcomes?

12-step groups and social support are two characteristics that have been shown across multiple studies to help support recovery [4]

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