Sober Living Stats: By the Numbers

A quick look at Sober Living statistics to see who makes up the Sober Living Community, what their journeys entail, and the success they find along the way.


The National Institutes of Health reported in a recent study of Sober Living Homes that most participants were men (77%), white (72.5%), and middle age (average age of 38). Over three fourths (75%+) had at least a high school education or GED.

12-Step Program

The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs shows that while attending 12-Step meetings may not be absolutely mandatory, more than 75% of individuals residing in a Sober Living Home studied were found to willingly attend 12-Step meetings weekly or even more often, allowing for the development of a strong community.

Success Rate

Sober Living provides lasting success. Residents studied by the National Institutes of Health at two Sober Living Houses were able to maintain improvements even after they left their Sober Living Homes. At 12 months, 68% had left one sample house, while 82% had left a second sample house. By 18 months, nearly all had left, yet improvements were for the most part maintained.


A recent study by The National Institutes of Health showed nearly 90% of the residents surveyed used their own financial resources (e.g., employment earnings, savings, family resources, or Social Security Income) to meet Sober Living housing costs. The additional 10% of residents studied received financial support from a state-run agency.

Average Length of Stay

While 90 days of Sober Living is typically recommended, The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs reported that the average stay was between 166 and 254 days, meaning participants found comfort and meaningful support while in their Sober Living Home.

John Bowden