Sober Living Homes in Atlanta, Georgia

There are a dizzying array of sober living homes in Atlanta, Georgia. Just how many are there? No one really knows. This is because sober livings, also referred to as halfway houses, can be opened and run with little money and require no credentials, certifications or accreditation.

As such there are many fly-by-night sober living homes, the majority of which offer less than optimal conditions for those genuinely seeking recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism. Others are flop houses for drug use where crime and overdose are commonplace.

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365 Sober Living

5815 Windward Pkwy, Suite 302
Alpharetta, GA 30005

365 Sober Living is a highly structured 6-month sober living program for men, providing residences in several locations in the north Atlanta suburbs. They also allow residents to pay and commit month to month in many cases.

Each resident’s stay begins with an intake assessment similar to those provided when a patient enters inpatient or outpatient treatment, followed by a 60-day period devoted entirely to acclimating him to a sober lifestyle. Counseling, psychotherapy and medical services are provided according to his needs, and he is introduced to the local recovery community with the expectation of finding a sponsor (mentor) and working the 12 steps in the fellowship of his choosing.

At the conclusion of this period, he will receive assistance in finding employment and the remainder of his time will be focused on learning how to live and work independently in sobriety but with the continued structure that the program and the 12 steps provide.

Crisis intervention and court liaison services are also available through the program if necessary. All residences at 365 Sober Living are Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (GARR) certified.

Making A Way Housing

Area: West Atlanta
Services: Sober Living / Transitional Living / Homeless Shelter

Making A Way Housing is a transitional housing, recovery oriented halfway house with shelter, housing, and recovery support center that helps both men and women and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter, which is the first tier, is located at 1905 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30314. There is a second and third tier which is called Making A Way Housing Inc. is located nearby at 377 Westchester Boulevard NW C.7, Atlanta, GA 30314 – this is where the transitional and sober living facilities are located.

The Tier 1 location on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard is where you will find the emergency shelter, which is equipped to offer basic shelter and simple support services to homeless people in the Atlanta area. This location is primarily for people who are in crisis and need a place to help get them on their feet by providing the basic amenities needed to live, and to begin searching for a job. Once a job has been attained, or you have enrolled in the shelters’ vocational or education program, you may be eligible to move into the Tier 2 transitional housing unit located on nearby Westchester Boulevard. The transitional housing is intended to be a midway point between the shelter and permanent housing. This facility and staff will help you to readjust to society and rejoin the community as an active member.

The 3rd Tier of this free Atlanta rehab is the permanent housing unit, again located on Westchester Boulevard. This is primarily a sober living unit for those in recovery which acts as a stepping stone helping you to become more self-sufficient, avoid relapse, and eventually reunite you with your family and friends as well as make many new friends along the way.

The first step towards admission into this Georgia halfway house program is an in person interview. If there isn’t an open spot the day you call, try back in a few days as the turnover rate here is quite high. You will need several documents in order to be considered for an interview. These consist of a kidney function test, RPR test (for syphilis), income verification, or a homelessness verification.

You can get these tests performed at the nearby Fulton County Board of Health public clinic located at 10 Park Place South SE, Atlanta, GA 30303. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5:00pm and the phone number is 404-621-1211.

For an income verification, you will need to have your employer fill out an Income Verification Form or for a homelessness verification, you will need to have a friend, family member, or a support service (ex. soup kitchen) write a short letter describing your situation and the fact that you have no home. Once those are obtained, you will have an interview with the admission staff and then meet with your case worker for an initial evaluation to determine at which tier you should enter, and which programs you would be eligible for. A case worker will assist you throughout your time here and can connect you with a variety of support services, as is appropriate for your individual situation. Making A Way Housing is not accredited so there is no certificate of completion and as such, if you were court ordered to attend rehab, this may not be the right place for you.

Phase 1 will last for roughly 10 weeks and consists of individual and group therapy as well as health education groups which consist of sexual trauma therapy, domestic violence counseling, anger management, generational addiction counseling, and parenting classes. You will also be required to attend 12 Step meetings multiple times a week. You will be provided transportation to vital services such as doctors appointments and parole/probation meetings.

Phase 2 will last for 4 to 6 weeks and you will be encouraged to increase your 12 Step meeting attendance as well as get a job working at least 30 hours per week. At this point you will begin individual counseling with your personal counselor and your case worker. Engagement with evening groups and weekend activities is also encouraged during this time.

Phase 3 will last for about 4 weeks and during this time you will work with your counselor to explore and weigh your potential housing options. The goal during this phase is to have you as ready as possible for independence once you are discharged from the program. You will also need to work out a discharge plan and have a road map that is developed between you and your counselor as a path to follow once you are on your own again.

Once you have gotten back on your feet financially and have some quality time sober, you may feel the time is right to move from this Atlanta halfway house. Again, there is no timeline for this program and everything is determined on a case by case basis, so frequent meetings with your case worker, as well as discussion with your sponsor and sober friends are encouraged to help you determine when the time is right to move on. Again, there is no certificate of completion for this program, rather it is just the first few steps towards a new life.

Maverick Recovery

2716 Hemingway
Roswell, GA 30075

Founded by a husband and wife who met in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, Maverick is a sober living program committed to providing a safe, clean, affordable living environment for up to 24 men and 6 women in a gated community close to GA-400 and public transportation. Treatment programs are tailored to the individual needs and future goals of the resident and generally include one-on-one counseling as well as group therapy.

Each resident is highly encouraged to become active in the 12-step fellowship of his or her choosing as well as any other recovery-based communities he or she may prefer. Staff partner with treatment centers and therapists to ensure the best collective care for clients, many of whom are still actively enrolled in outpatient programs and aftercare.

Maverick strongly believes that empowering its residents with a degree of independence yet keeping them accountable within a close-knit community structure is the optimal formula for assisting them in soberly transitioning back to the outside world.

Atlanta Recovery Center

169 Trinity Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

Services: Transitional Living

The Atlanta Recovery Center is a non-profit which is designed to help homeless or near homeless men in Metro Atlanta. They are located at 

Assistance with food and clothing is available for residents of the transitional living unit and classes are given for job training and searches. They can also assist in connecting you to free clinics and services in the Metro area. The main purpose of this center is temporary housing while you can get on your feet financially and otherwise. There are no drug or alcohol recovery programs located on-site.

Admission is quite simple here, only requiring a state ID and a social security card. If these are not currently possessed, you will receive assistance in obtaining them. The only other requirement is reading and then signing the rules of the facility as well as a charge of 10 dollars per day for the services provided.

While there are job training and search assistance classes, the majority of your time here is open. It is highly recommended to get a sponsor and to find and attend 12 Step meetings as there are many in the downtown and metro areas. The housing here is barracks style, double bunk beds with as many as 75 men per room. There is no limit to how long you can stay here, so long as you pay the 10 dollars per day fee.

There is no “completion” phase of this program, as it is simply a place to regroup, sober up, and take the next steps needed to continue your recovery.

Second Chance Recovery Residences

P.O. Box 502168
Atlanta, Georgia 31150

Second Chance is a co-ed sober living community offering two distinct programs, one for adults ages 18-50 and another for older adults that more specifically addresses the unique needs of aging individuals in recovery.

Both Atlanta sober living programs offered by Second Chance feature comfortable apartments in a community with numerous recreational amenities and proximity to public transportation and numerous 12-step meetings, which residents are expected to attend daily.

Second Chance also provides one-on-one meetings with a Certified Addiction Counselor, life skills and anger management, on-site peer support specialists, workshops for learning relapse prevention skills, and numerous social and recreational activities. All residences are GARR certified.

Stepping Stones of Atlanta Recovery Residence

2395 Cobb Dr
Atlanta, GA 30360

A men’s only sober living program located in Dunwoody, Stepping Stones takes a much more personal, hands-on approach than other Georgia Halfway Houses. Stepping Stones staff all reside on-site, are available 24/7 and are highly vested in the lives and success of the residents (each staff member is also a Stepping Stones alumnus).

Residents are expected to attend a minimum of five 12-step meetings per week, work the steps with a sponsor, and submit to three or four drug tests per week. Unlike most sober living programs, Stepping Stones tests for kratom and administers ethyl glucuronide (EtG) tests which can determine if the person being tested has used alcohol within the past 80 hours).

Despite providing a highly individualized and dedicated level of care within a cohesive community structure, Stepping Stones remains one of the more affordable sober livings in the Atlanta area.

New Beginnings in Christ

119 Augusta Road
Garfield, GA 30425

New Beginnings is a non-profit Christian-focused halfway house which helps men who are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction and is located at.

It is intended for people who have previously undergone detox from drugs and/or alcohol and who do not require any medication, as any and all medication is prohibited on-site. This is an extremely Christ-oriented program and as such there will be a heavy emphasis on church attendance and Bible study, as well as on the 12 Steps of recovery. We would recommend to anyone applying to this program that they read the rules and regulations very carefully. It should also be mentioned that anyone convicted of a sex crime is barred from attending this program.

The first thing to do is call and set up a face-to-face interview. You will meet with the director in person and go through a preliminary assessment. You must be a man at least 30 years old, have no kind of physical or mental disability, and as mentioned conviction of a sex crime will bar you from entry. You must also take a drug and alcohol urine test and pass to be eligible.

Your days at this Georgia halfway house will be highly structured with a regular schedule Monday through Friday and ~40 hours per week of assigned duties. Saturday is a free day with the exception of 8:00am house cleaning. Sundays are visitation days for approved family and friends to come see you at certain times.

Throughout the week you will have morning church service every day from 8:00am until 9:00am, followed by your daily assigned duties from 9:00am until 12:00pm. Noon until 12:30pm is lunchtime, continuing into an open share meeting from 12:30pm until 1:00pm. Next you will have from 1:00pm until 5:00pm to complete your daily assigned duties with dinner served at 5:00pm. You will then have evening church service at 7:00pm followed by free time until lights out at 11:00pm.

Unless you were court mandated for longer, the program concludes after 4 months. There was an instance that we encountered where someone was court ordered for 2 years, and will be serving out that order entirely at New Beginnings in Christ.

After you have completed the program (again, typically 4 months) you will be free to leave. Many people however find it helpful to remain on as a graduate. You will need to have a job and you can continue to live on-site provided you pay $100 per week for living expenses and this includes your meals.

Trinity Community Ministries Inc.

21 Bell Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Services: Sober Living / Transitional Living / Homeless Shelter

The Trinity House-Big Bethel recovery program is a non-profit organization which is aimed at helping men (18 and older) struggling with homelessness and alcoholism or drug addiction to get back on their feet and to get and stay sober. This Atlanta halfway house is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 8:00pm. There is also a brother program called Trinity Living program which serves homeless men 30 years old and above.

Their motto “A Tough Program for Tough Times” should give you an idea of the attitude of tough love which is prevalent in this program. The program is service oriented and faith based so a relationship with God is highly emphasized. Men who are admitted to this gritty Atlanta halfway house program will be given food and housing, participate in individual and group counseling as well as be assigned a case management staff member to help guide them through the process of recovery.

Once you are here, you can stay as long as 2 years, but the time to completion will vary from person to person. Trinity was unwilling to give any fine-grained detail as to the day-to-day life in the program since we were not undergoing treatment there, but we have compiled as many details as possible.

The first step will be to call and make an appointment to be evaluated. Once an appointment is made, you will need to bring a referral letter, homeless verification (a letter from a family member or friend), and a current tuberculosis and RTR (syphilis) test.

If not already possessed, these 2 tests can be performed at the Fulton County Public Health Clinic located nearby at 10 Park Place South, Atlanta, GA 30303. From here, your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and will depend on your drug of choice, living situation, and length of time using drugs or alcohol.

There is an on-site book study including both 12 Step literature as well as Christian-oriented material that takes place Monday through Friday, an in-house list of jobs or chores which will need to be completed every day, and on-site AA and NA meetings 7 days a week. After you have been with the program for some time, you will also be required to attend off-site AA or NA meetings several times a week.

Upon completion, you may choose to join the Alumni Association which is geared towards providing support to those who have completed the program, and encouraging them to act as sponsors and mentors to those who are newly entering the program. The Alumni Association meets every Sunday for Alumni Review and for events hosted by Trinity House-Big Bethel.

It is unclear whether Trinity House holds any accreditations as a court-recognized recovery center, however the staff ensured us that contact with parole/probation officers is a regular occurrence to attendees of this program. It is still recommended to check with your judge or probation/parole officer to confirm if this program will satisfy the courts requirements before admission.

There are currently no government regulations or licenses for sober living homes in the state of Georgia. Literally anyone with an apartment or house can start one.

Choosing a Sober Living Home in Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia sober living homes are not “one size fits all” and recovery needs can vary considerably between one individual and another; however, there are general questions you should seek to have answered when researching and interviewing potential sober living facilities or arrangements for yourself or a loved one. What is the overall cost of this program? What does it include?

Pricier does not mean better, and often the more expensive sober living facilities offer amenities or programs that add nothing of value to a resident’s recovery experience.

What types of insurance, if any, do you accept? What period of time will insurance cover?

The second half of this question is extremely important if you do not plan to pay out of pocket; a lot of insurance plans will only cover the first 60-90 (or even fewer) days of the resident’s stay.

What is your resident-to-staff ratio?

An excessively high ratio might result in you or your loved one not getting the necessary attention and care, while a very low ratio could indicate that the facility is struggling to attract residents and may be closing its doors in the near future.

Who are the people who run your facility? How long have they been in the business, and are they themselves in recovery?

As noted above, the professional credentials of the program’s staff will likely appear on the website, but there may be no indication of how much experience these individuals have with running a sober living program. In many areas, virtually anyone can open such a facility regardless of qualifications or lack thereof. Additionally, at least in lieu of any formal certifications or other credentials in the field of addiction, a “street degree” is virtually indispensable. As the saying goes, “no one knows an addict like another addict.”

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Michael Smeth
Michael Smeth
Michael Smeth is the Director of Online Marketing at The Summit Wellness Group. He has been involved in the addiction recovery community for over 18 years and has a passion for spreading the message of hope that recovery has brought him and countless others.
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