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Living at Home vs. Sober Living During IOP

Written on February 15, 2023
Living at Home vs. Sober Living During IOP

While attending an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), many people opt to live in a structured sober living environment, while others attend treatment while living at home.

What is Sober Living?

Sober living is a type of residential community that provides a supportive and drug-free environment for people in recovery from substance abuse or addiction. Sober living houses are typically peer-supported environments where residents are expected to maintain sobriety and follow certain rules, such as not using drugs or alcohol and participating in house meetings and chores.

Some sober living houses may also offer additional support and resources, such as counseling, recovery meetings, and access to recovery coaches or sponsors. The goal of sober living is to provide a safe and structured environment that can help individuals in recovery maintain their sobriety, build a support network, and transition back into society.

It is possible for people to use sober living during an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Sober living can provide a supportive and structured environment for individuals in recovery to continue working on their sobriety and build a support network while transitioning back into daily life.

Some sober living houses may also offer additional support and resources, such as counseling, recovery meetings, and access to recovery coaches or sponsors.

It is important to note that sober living is not a substitute for professional treatment and should not be used as the sole form of treatment for substance abuse or addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, it is important to seek out appropriate professional treatment and support, including IOP or other forms of outpatient treatment if necessary.

What is IOP?

IOP stands for intensive outpatient program. It is a form of treatment for substance abuse or mental health disorders that is less intensive than inpatient treatment, but more structured and supportive than traditional outpatient treatment.

IOPs typically involve scheduled sessions with a therapist or counselor, as well as group therapy sessions and other therapeutic activities. These sessions may be held several times a week, and the length of treatment can vary depending on the needs of the individual.

IOPs are often used as a step-down level of care for individuals who have completed inpatient treatment or as an alternative to inpatient treatment for those who are unable to take time off work or other responsibilities. The goal of IOP is to provide support and structure to help individuals maintain their recovery and prevent relapse. It is typically less expensive than inpatient treatment, and can be a good option for those who need ongoing support but are able to live independently.

Home vs. Sober Living During IOP

There are pros and cons to both living at home and in a sober living facility when recovering from addiction. Your ability to live at home will ultimately depend on if you can maintain sobriety amidst triggers. Here are some pros and cons:

Living at home:


  • Familiar and comfortable environment
  • Access to support from friends and family
  • More flexible schedule
  • May be less expensive
  • May be most viable option for parents needing to care for children


  • May be more difficult to avoid triggers and temptations in a familiar environment
  • Will not provide as much structure and support as a sober living facility.
  • Potential lack of sober community and accountability

Sober living facility:


  • Provides a structured and sober living environment
  • Offers support and accountability from peers in recovery
  • Can help you develop healthy habits and routines
  • May offer additional resources and support such as therapy or 12-step meetings


  • May be more expensive
  • May have stricter rules and regulations
  • May be less flexible in terms of schedule and daily activities
  • Not always an option for parents needing to care for children

Ultimately, the decision of whether to live at home or in a sober living facility during recovery will depend on your individual needs and circumstances. It’s important to consider what type of environment and level of support will best meet your needs as you work towards recovery from addiction. You may want to speak with a mental health professional or addiction specialist to help you make this decision. We are available for free consultations on which recovery plan is best for you. Contact us to learn more.