Can Sober Homes be Certified and Licensed?

Sober living homes provide men and women who are new to recovery with a safe and supportive environment in which to continue along on their journey of healing. If you have recently undergone medically monitored detox and completed an inpatient treatment program, and you are looking for the next appropriate step on the road to recovery, sober living is likely the best next step. When looking for a sober living home, you will likely run across a good number of halfway houses that are not reputable and will not ultimately be conducive to maintaining long-term sobriety. How can one tell the difference between what is known as a “flophouse,” and a reputable, legitimate sober living house?

There are numerous ways to check, but one of the most efficient ways to check is by looking into whether or not the sober living house is licensed and certified. If a sober living home offers any of the following services, it must become licensed before these services can be made available to residents:

  • Group therapy sessions
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Educational services, such as a continuation of addiction education, vocational training, or life skills training
  • Individualized aftercare planning for long-term recovery

The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) is the only organization with the authority to license sober living houses in many states. However, each state has a licensing program. If you are wondering whether or not the sober living house you are looking into attending is licensed, simply ask. It is not legal (or moral) for a sober living house to claim that it is licensed when it is not. The counselors that are associated with the sober living house are required to tell you whether or not the program directors have done their due diligence.

Can Sober Homes be Certified and Licensed?

Riverbend Residence – Licensed Sober Living

Riverbend Residence is both licensed and certified. We have four gender-specific sober living homes located in Sussex County, New Jersey, serving men and women in New Jersey and all surrounding areas. We believe that sober living is a crucial component of the addiction treatment experience, seeing as there is ample evidence that supports its value. Men and women who attend sober living are significantly more likely to avoid relapse within the first year of recovery. Riverbend Residence is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). This means that our program has been examined in-depth and has been deemed an effective and reputable addiction treatment program by the state of New Jersey.

Different Licensing Associations

One of the most prevalent sober home licensing associations is the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR). This association is similar to the NJDCA. Both can license reputable sober living houses, holding them to an extremely high clinical standard, and promoting the delivery of comprehensive, quality addiction treatment. If a sober living home is consistent with the quality standards developed by one of these associations it can be certified, meaning that all guidelines and criteria are being consistently met. Once a sober living home is licensed, it is eligible to become certified. Again, Riverbend Residence is both licensed and certified – meaning that standards of clinical care are continuously upheld.

If you have recently completed the first two phases of addiction treatment and you are looking to enter into the next appropriate level of continuing clinical care, sober living is an ideal option. At Riverbend Residence, we believe that sober living services should be readily available to all New Jersey residents in need. For this reason, we will work closely alongside you (or your loved one) to develop a reasonable payment plan and get you settled in as quickly as possible. For more information – or to set up an in-person tour – give us a call today at (844) 505-3447 for more information.