What Are the Typical Rules at a Sober Living Facility?

The residents of a particular sober living facility all abide by a unique set of rules and standards, however, some rules are universal to nearly every sober living facility. Those who are serious about getting help from substance abuse, addiction and alcoholism and seeking treatment or recovery from addiction and alcoholism should closely follow all of the rules of their specific sober living facility. The following are some of the basic rules of living in a sober living facility.

No Drugs or Alcohol

Of course, the consumption of drugs and alcohol is strictly prohibited in most sober living facilities. While some facilities in states where marijuana is medically legal might utilize cannabis in the treatment process, most facilities maintain rules against illicit drugs, including but not limited to:

  • Crack
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Psilocybin Mushrooms
  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Opioids
  • DMT
  • Salvia
  • Steroids

Often, drug-tests are routinely administered to ensure that these substances remain off of facility grounds. Residents caught with any of these substances are likely to be thrown out and subjected to authoritative measures by police involvement. Likewise, although alcohol is perfectly legal at a federal level, residents are to abstain from drinking, even if not all residents are there to treat alcoholism. Others living there may have suffered from this condition and respect for fellow residents is important.


Living at a sober facility usually requires residents to adhere to curfews and quiet hours. In order to maintain a healthy environment for recovery, residents must typically turn in and keep from making excessive noise at a certain time at night. Adequate sleep is vital for the treatment process of most drug addictions and forms of alcoholism, especially for those experiencing withdrawals from various substances. Noise should be kept to a minimum, including sounds from televisions, music and visiting company, which leads to the next point.


Many sober living facilities allow friends and family to visit residents, however, these visitors must follow the same rules as residents, themselves. Visitors are not to bring in any contraband substances, including cannabis and alcohol. Furthermore, visitors are to remain respectful of other residents living in the facility, abstaining from partying, excessive noise, rude behavior, and prolonged stays. Residents cannot harbor or invite visitors to live with them in the facility. Sober living facilities are dedicated to the care, treatment, and recovery of those suffering from addiction or alcoholism, not free housing.

Promote a Sense of Community

One of the goals of sober living facilities is to establish a community among sufferers of addiction and alcoholism. People come together to help one another overcome their struggles and sorrows. Residents should encourage good health, recovery, abstinence and the overall well-being of fellow residents. Visitors should do the same. While there may not be any written rule advising residents to promote unity and brotherhood, these efforts are unspoken included in rules regarding behavior and common etiquette.


Residents are to keep their living quarters up to certain standards of cleanliness. This means rooms and housing are not to have clothes and dishes piled up and laying around and personal items are to be squared away accordingly. Communal cleaning is usually left in the hands of individual residents, exchanging chores and responsibilities on a rotating basis.

The 12 Steps

Everyone is familiar with the 12-step program. Some sober living facilities offer in-house 12-step meetings to ensure that residents are following the rules and still actively seeking treatment and recovery. On the other hand, some facilities require residents to meet at a designated place, where they must attend meetings and have their program sheets signed by a certified official working at the facility.
While sober living facilities might enforce multiple rules for residents to follow along their respective roads of recovery, they typically aren’t unreasonable. No two facilities operate to the same standards, therefore, general rules are often subjective, depending on the particular place of treatment. Sober living can empower an individual as well as a community to kick their drug addictions and overcome alcoholism. If you or a loved one are suffering from any sort of substance-related ailment or abuse, please give us a call, today, at 833-762-3739.