Residential Treatment Facilities – (i.e. rehabs) are a kind of transitional housing that provides therapy for drug or alcohol addiction, treatment for mental health issues, or both. These programs are usually very structured environments.
Sober Living Homes – Alcohol and other drug-free residences (which may be single family dwellings, duplexes, multiplex apartment buildings or communal residential facilities) for people who are recovering from substance abuse and need a sober environment in order to sustain an abstinent lifestyle. Residents are free to organize and participate in support group meetings or any other activity that helps them maintain sobriety, but neither the homes nor the residents provide treatment, recovery, detoxification services or other supportive services and supervision of individual recovery is not provided. Because they provide no services, sober living homes do not require a license but are generally subject to landlord/tenant laws.