When you are in the routine of using or drinking daily, you may stop hanging out with your friends and begin to neglect familial responsibilities. Hobbies probably have faded into the distance and your sense of self has become muddled. Drugs or alcohol have taken the place of most everything else in your life. Thankfully, sober living houses can aid you in building a new support system: a sober one.

The concept of sober living houses began in the State of California. The need for these types of placements became prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s and continued to have a widespread need. Since they are not considered actual treatment centers they fall outside of the governing of state licensing agencies. However, they do tend to emphasize attendance at 12-Step meetings and encourage peer support. Typically, the facilities adhere to a peer-oriented model of recovery.

When sober living houses were first established they were considered “dry hotels” or “lodging houses.” Typically, landlords or managers had the largest influence on the houses. Unfortunately, this left room for a lack of peer support and a deficiency regarding 12-Step guidance. There are still some sober living houses that do adhere to a “strong manager” approach instead of a democratic model.

Features of Sober Living Homes

What Is A Sober Living Facility and How Can It Benefit Me?

One main feature of sober living houses is that they have an alcohol and drug free atmosphere for those people who are trying to avoid the use of any alcohol and drugs. Another aspect of these placements is that there are not any official treatment services, even though 12-Step meetings, such as AA or NA, are strongly encouraged. Those living in these homes are obligated to conform to compliance with the specific house’s guidelines. These rules probably include staying sober, paying rent and any other dues, partaking in house responsibilities, and being present at house assemblies.

Oxford houses are one of the core sober living homes. 76% of those living in an Oxford house attend 12-Step meetings at a minimum of once a week. They are financially independent sustaining off the fees of its residents. These houses are democratic in nature regarding how they are run.

An Alternative Recovery Placement in Burns, Tennessee

Just as different types of places can aid in obtaining sobriety, a combination of options can increase your chances of sustained recovery. One option that correlates well with sober living is Discovery Place, located in beautiful Burns, Tennessee. We understand that a support system is essential for your sobriety and encourage 12-Step guidance as well as have trained staff who are in recovery themselves to guide you on your journey. We utilize literature approved by the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous. At Discovery Place, we understand how much of a financial burden active addiction can be. We strive to provide costeffective treatment and offer financing and scholarship options. Call us today at 1-800- 725-0922. We are here for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you begin your new life.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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