Sober Living Houses No Longer a Stigma

Sober living houses are now a widely accepted resource to bridge the gap between addiction and recovery.

Online PR News – 12-February-2010 – – Northridge, CA - Sober living houses, which are peer group living arrangements for those in the post-recovery stage of addiction, are enjoying a much-needed image boost. Still referred to as "halfway houses" occasionally (a nod to the halfway point between addiction and recovery), sober living houses are no longer thought of unfavorably. Thanks to the growing number of quality, even upscale sober living houses cropping up nationwide, they are now recognized for their true function: affordable, substance-free environments in which individuals can obtain group recovery support.

Specifically, sober living houses provide a comfortable, home-like atmosphere for residents to transition back to an independent lifestyle. However, not all sober living houses are created equal. Experts at A Step in the Right Direction, a Southern California-based organization specializing in sober living for women and luxurious recovery homes, offer some insight. They recommend that those seeking sober living arrangements for themselves or a loved one look for a home with:

- Spacious, clean, and well-maintained interiors

- A structured daily routine, including a 12-step or other trusted recovery program

- Reasonable amenities for its residents, to make the experience more comfortable

The group also makes it clear that sober living houses are intended exclusively for those who have undergone a medically-supervised detoxification period (i.e. rehabilitation). They stress that sober living is designed to be the final step of recovery - not the first. For more information on sober living houses, visit


A Step in the Right Direction

Northridge, CA

Phone: (888) 697-9715

Contact: Linda Ruzich