» What is a Sober Home


“A sober home is a safe, supportive, positive environment where the goal is to live sober, make connections, become a part of your sober home community, and learn from each other. –Richard Winant, Kelly Sober Homes and former MASH Board President

  • A sober home is a sober, safe, and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems.
  • Residents of sober homes are expected to abstain from alcohol and illegal drug use.
  • Sober homes use a peer to peer recovery model.
  • Sober homes support various abstinence-based pathways to recovery, and each residence focuses on one or more particular pathway.
  • Payment terms for sober homes vary, but residents can expect to pay monthly (or weekly) fees and sign an agreement committing themselves to a minimum length of stay and adhering to clearly stated house rules that support the recovery of the individual and the community.
  • All MASH sober homes meet national standards based on the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) model.



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