Sober Living

Sober living refers to a type of housing arrangement that is designed to provide a safe and structured living environment for those who are transitioning from drug or alcohol rehab programs back into everyday living. Sober houses, also known as sober homes or sober living communities, aim to assist individuals in maintaining abstinence from drugs and alcohol while offering a supportive community and promoting long-term recovery. 

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What is Sober Living?


While sober living homes do not deliver addiction treatment, residents are expected to pursue their own recovery journey. This generally involves attending ongoing therapy sessions at an outpatient rehab and participating in 12-step programs like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous). 

Sober living housing is typically structured around recovery methodologies. Residents must adhere to rules like mandatory curfews, completion of assigned chores, and participation in therapeutic meetings.

Sober living homes serve not only individuals who have recently completed rehab programs, but also those who are in recovery from substance use disorders without engaging with a rehab program. By providing a transitional environment, sober living homes help people readjust to independent living while receiving ongoing support and guidance. Residents are often required to take drug tests and demonstrate their commitment to long-term recovery from addiction.

What is a Sober Living House?

A sober living house is a residence that is specifically designed to support individuals in recovery from addiction. These communities offer substance-free environments where residents can live together and support one another’s sobriety goals. Sober living houses promote a culture of accountability, responsibility, and mutual support.

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How Does Sober Living Work?

Here’s how sober living works:

Sober living homes serve as a transitional space between a residential rehab facility and mainstream society. The structured living environment helps individuals adapt to life outside of treatment, develop core life skills, and rebuild their lives. Sober living communities are especially beneficial for those who may face challenges, distractions, and triggers upon returning to their previous living arrangements.

A fundamental rule in sober living is the requirement to maintain sobriety. Residents must abstain from drugs and alcohol throughout their stay. Drug screenings may be conducted regularly to ensure compliance. The prohibition of substances creates a safe and trigger-free environment that supports residents in their ongoing recovery journeys.

Sober living houses foster a sense of community among residents. Living with like-minded individuals who are also committed to sobriety provides a robust and ready-made support system. Peer support helps individuals stay motivated and committed to their recovery goals.

Sober living homes have specific rules and expectations to maintain a clean and well-functioning environment. Residents are typically assigned chores and household duties like cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the home. These responsibilities encourage a sense of personal accountability and contribute to a cooperative and supportive living environment.

While sober living homes do not normally provide individual or group counseling on site, they often require residents to attend recovery support groups like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), or SMART Recovery. Participation in these external support programs can help individuals build a firm foundation for long-term recovery while maintaining sobriety after treatment and beyond.


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Sober Living in Ohio

Ohio Community Health works with a number of partners in the area to help clients who call in get help with every stage of the addiction treatment process, including sober living. 

If you or a loved one is looking for help with sober living, reach out to our reach at Ohio Community Health and we can provide a path forward for you.

How Long Can You Stay in a Sober Living House?

The duration of stay in a sober living house can vary depending on individual needs and circumstances. Typically, residents are encouraged to stay for a minimum period of several months to ensure a solid foundation for sustained recovery. That said, the length of stay may differ based on personal progress, treatment goals, and individualized plans developed in collaboration with addiction treatment professionals.

Another study found that PHP may be an effective treatment for people with opioid use disorder, helping reduce drug use and improve mental health.

If you’re considering a PHP program, it’s important to talk to your doctor and a mental health professional to see if it’s the right fit for you.

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Christopher Glover CDCA

My name is Christopher Glover, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently in school and working to grow in competence to better support our community. As a recovering individual I know the struggles that you or a loved one can go through and that there is help for anything you may be struggling with.

The hardest part is asking for help and we are here as a team to best support you and your decision to start your journey towards a better future. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

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Amanda Kuchenberg PRS CDCA

I recently joined Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers as a Clinical Case Manager. I am originally from Wisconsin but settled in the Cincinnati area in my early 20s.  My career started in the fashion industry but quickly changed as I searched to find my drive and passion through helping others who struggle with addiction. 

As someone who is also in recovery, I wanted to provide hope, share lived experience, and support others on their journey.  I currently have my Peer Recovery Support Supervision Certification along with my CDCA and plan to continue my education with University of Cincinnati so I can continue to aid in the battle against substance addiction. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

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Patrick McCamley LCDC III

 Patrick McCamley (Clinical Therapist) is a Cincinnati native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2019. Patrick received his bachelors degree in psychology from University of Cincinnati in 2021 and received his LCDC III (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2022. Patrick has worked in Clinical Operations, Clinical Case Management, and Clinical Therapy throughout his career.

Patrick has tremendous empathy and compassion for the recovery community, being in recovery himself since 2018. Patrick is uniquely qualified to be helpful because of the specific combination of his academic background and his own experience in recovery.

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Bill Zimmerman CDCA

Bill Zimmerman is a Greater Cincinnati Area native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2018. Bill received his (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2020.

Bill has worked in Clinical Operations in both support and supervision, and Program facilitating and 12 step recovery support during his career. Bill has a passion for the recovery community, having been in recovery himself since 1982. Connect with Bill on LinkedIn

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Taylor Lilley CDCA, PRS

Growing up in Louisiana with addiction running rampant on both sides of my family. A life away from drugs and alcohol seemed impossible for someone like me. I remember what it was like sitting across from someone thinking there is no way they could ever understand what I was going through.

Sharing my experience offers a credibility and a certain type of trust with clients that only someone who has walked down this road can illustrate. To immerse myself further into the field of addiction, I am currently studying at Cincinnati State for Human and Social Services.  I hope I never forget where I came from, if I can do it, so can you!

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Thomas Hunter LSW

Hello my name is Thomas Hunter. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a licensed social worker.In my scope of practice I have worked in the areas of mental health and recovery for thirty years. The clients I have worked with in my career have ranged in age from seven to seventy.

I strive each day to serve my purpose of helping those in need and I believe I do so by utilizing all of my experiences to accomplish my goal of supporting those who desire to establish their sobriety and maintain it in their recovery. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn.

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Mary D.Porter,LICDC

 My name is Mary D. Porter. I received my Masters of Social Work in 2008 from The University of Cincinnati. I received My Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure in 2001. I retired from The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center on April 14, 2014. Currently, I am the Associate Clinical Director for The Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers in Cincinnati.. Due to the fourth wave of the Opioid Epidemic in 2019,  I decided to enter back into the workforce to assist the addicted population.

The overdoses were astounding and I wanted to help.  I consider myself  to be an advocate for the addicted population. My compassion, resilience, empathy, wisdom, knowledge, experience and  love I have for this forgotten population goes beyond words. I consider what I do for the addicted population as a calling versus a “career,” because I too was once an “addict and alcoholic.” Today I am 45.5 years alcohol and substance free.

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Ben Lemmon LCDC III

Hello, my name is Ben Lemmon, and I’m the Vice President and Clinical Director at Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers. I’ve been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2013 and decided to enter the field after overcoming my own challenges with addiction.

When I first meet a client, I always explain to them that the reason we are meeting is because they are not capable of obtaining or maintaining sobriety, and my goal is to create a person that can maintain sobriety. I believe a person’s personality is made up of their thoughts, feelings and actions and my job is to help clients identify the thoughts, feelings and actions that have them disconnected from recovery and provide them with the tools to live a healthy and happy life. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn