Sober Living: A Critical Piece of the Journey

“I can’t go home!” That realization was certain for Denise as she neared completion of Cenikor’s Detoxification and Short-Term Inpatient in Waco, TX. Though detox was a difficult process, she says Cenikor “made the unbearable tolerable.” During her time in the program, Denise learned vital tools and gained behavioral health insights. Despite the hope for a fresh start, Denise knew that if she went back to her home environment, with all of its inherent stressors, it would be easy to return to the prescription painkillers that had dictated her life for so long.

Cenikor had an answer: Sober Living. Cenikor’s Sober Living Program provides a safe, supportive environment for those in recovery ready to reintegrate into their respective communities. With both men’s and women’s Sober Living homes, we offer an intermediate phase between the controlled environment of treatment and the challenges of the real world. Denise spent six months in a Sober Living House with other women also committed to sobriety. She found a reliable job, forged new supportive relationships, and worked her recovery with Cenikor’s Outpatient Services.

“Being with other women who accept and understand each other is huge,” Denise says. “Sober Living was a time of peace to continue healing which gave me space to build a strong foundation of recovery.”

President and CEO Bill Bailey is proud of the addition of Sober Living to Cenikor’s Continuum of Care. In his words, “sober living provides those in recovery with essential support, structure, resources and security to take their first steps toward independence.” In our Sober Living homes, we provide stable living environments with freedom for our clients to grow in their recovery. We offer the support and guidance to help our clients maintain long-term recovery to be responsible, employable citizens free from substance abuse.

“Why help someone get sober and not help them continue their rehabilitation?” asks Waco Advisory Board member Bruce Neatherlin. “In 1974, when I first got involved in the recovery community, we didn’t understand this. We simply said, ‘Good luck!’” Sober Living is one more program that allows Cenikor to help people rebuild their lives with a stable foundation.

The challenges that face people who complete treatment are as varied as the people themselves. “Some come into our programs homeless or with no safe environment to return to, and some have experienced trauma, so the prospect of finding safe housing is daunting.” says Eric Jeter, Senior Manager of Waco’s Detoxification and Short-Term Inpatient Program. Peer accountability, oversight, and the freedom to begin rebuilding their lives with safeguards help our clients sustain the momentum of success in Sober Living. Residents are required to complete a treatment program, build on 30 days’ sobriety, attend local support groups and maintain steady employment.

Cenikor is very grateful to the Waco community which has been immensely supportive. Both the Cooper and Waco Foundations provided grants to help offset costs of purchasing the Sober Living homes. Economic Opportunities Advancement Corporation assists Sober Living clients with financial and transportation assistance. Texas MHMR provides counseling for mental health issues. Compassion Ministries helps women reintegrate into their children’s lives. Local 12 Step programs are a continuous source of strength, hope and experience. It is wonderful to see community support rallying behind our clients.

Eric believes Sober Living is indispensable. “It’s the piece of the recovery puzzle that is often missing. This safe environment is a critical piece of the journey.”


  1. Shana

    March 11, 2018 - 1:13 pm

    Hi. My name is Shana. I am a 48 year old long term meth addict and i am so lost and broken. I have 3. Great kids and 3 precious grand kids . i am homeless. Tired . ashamed. Lonely. And desperately need help.. I have no idea how to put the broken pieces of my life back together. I want to change. This sounds like what i need. I have to make a change. Please pray for me

    • Mark2018

      March 12, 2018 - 3:01 pm

      Dear Shana, We ould love to help you on your journy and are experts at doing so. Please contact our access center so we could find a way to help you.

    • David

      March 19, 2018 - 10:18 pm

      I am entering the program on the 30th, Shana. I have many problems, too. I am praying for you, and I hope you come to treatment.

  2. beth

    September 6, 2017 - 8:48 pm

    Looking for options for my son. He is 25 and unemployed and essentially homeless (couch surfing). He has no car. No license. He’s an addict and he needs help. How would someone like him pay for services? I don’t think (but don’t know) that he would qualify for medicaid. Are there other options?

    • Stacey Maddox

      September 12, 2017 - 1:20 pm

      Hi Beth,

      Thank you for reaching out to Cenikor. Cenikor offers a full continuum of care to meet the individualized needs of each client. I have shared your contact information with our Access Center. Or if you prefer, please contact one of our Access Center Specialists at 1-888-236-4567 to discuss your options.

  3. Staci

    July 21, 2017 - 3:36 am

    Is the sober living homes only located in Waco at this time? This really seems like a great way to transition people back into society and still having the support of others in their same or similar situation when they are home. Especially if they are single.

    It appears time and time again once they get back to reality and the pressures of the “real world” it is going to add some stress to all. Its just life, and sometimes life gets so rushed and tryjgn to make ends meet they miss the benefits of the outpatient care because they can’t make meetings. The homes provided allows for a slower transition.

    Wish they had these types of homes available in multiple cities as if it’s only in Waco. Having ny son away from me longer would not be easy for me and I think family being active and close in their lives post rehab it a must If of course the family offers them love and support

    • Stacey Maddox

      July 24, 2017 - 12:36 pm

      Hi Staci,

      Thank you for reaching out and inquiring about our Sober Living program. At this time, we only have Sober Living homes in Waco. If you would like more information on our Sober Living program or any other program, please contact us at 1-888-236-4567. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Sheila Foster

    May 21, 2017 - 3:40 pm

    My son is homeless and a heroin addict. Do you have an indigent program for long term inpatient treatment and sober living?

    • Stacey Maddox

      June 1, 2017 - 5:39 pm

      Hi Sheila,

      Please contact our Access Center at 1-888-236-4567 to discuss the individualized needs of your son.

  5. Alicia Flowers, RN

    January 31, 2017 - 4:34 pm

    Which psych medications are not aloud for a client to be on?

    • Stacey Maddox

      January 31, 2017 - 5:32 pm


      Thank you for reaching out. We would be happy to discuss individual circumstances regarding medication at our treatment facilities. Please contact Rudy Martinez directly at 713-341-5911 or contact our Admissions and Access Center at 1-888-236-4567. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  6. Lynn

    January 22, 2017 - 1:05 pm

    If a person has services – emotional support animal (dog) are they allowed to them?

    • Kari Schoeffler

      January 23, 2017 - 7:59 pm

      Thank you Lynn for your interest in Cenikor’s Sober Living in our Full Continuum of Care. Cenikor is dedicated to serving people in need seeking sobriety and recovery from addiction. We uphold all standards and regulations for quality care. We adhere to all standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Those regulations are outlined here: https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm If we can be of further assistance, or answer other questions, please feel free to contact us at 888-CENIKOR or 888-236-4567. Thank you again and best wishes.

  7. Joanie Powell

    January 12, 2017 - 7:00 pm

    Are there any programs that do this for teen girls? Lots of programs for males …..

    • Stacey Maddox

      January 12, 2017 - 8:28 pm

      Thank you Joanie for taking the time to look at Cenikor’s website. Cenikor has an inpatient adolescent program, Odyssey House for teen girls and boys. All of our substance abuse programs and services are for males and females: Detoxification services, Short-term treatment, Long-term treatment, Outpatient services and Sober Living houses. Please let us know if you would like additional information on any of our services.

      • Joanie Powell

        September 22, 2017 - 8:47 am

        My daughter is being discharged from center of success after 6+ months of treatment in mid October. I’m overwhelmed by the discharge plan of her coming home. She has made so much progress and has grown in her commitment to her sobriety. I have been looking for a transitional living that provides structure and continues to support the road to recovery and facilitate her to build peer relationships. She is 17 1/2 next month, will have finished high school and has goals of going to tech in the collegiate recovery program. This will be her 4th time to discharge home with this being her longest treatment by 4+ months. Please can you give me direction? Am I wrong to think coming home is not the right thing?

        • Stacey Maddox

          September 22, 2017 - 10:47 am

          Hi Joanie,

          We understand your concerns for your daughter. Cenikor’s Sober Living Program is an adult program. For adolescents, we offer inpatient treatment at our Houston Odyssey House facility and outpatient treatment across Texas and Louisiana. Please let us know if we can answer additional questions or feel free to contact our Access Center to further discuss treatment options at 1-888-236-4567.

  8. Geri

    November 26, 2016 - 7:48 am

    Is this like a boot camp?

    • Stacey Maddox

      November 28, 2016 - 1:47 pm

      No, Geri it is not a boot camp. Cenikor Foundation’s Sober Living program provides a safe, supportive environment for those in recovery who are ready to reintegrate into their communities. We offer both men’s and women’s Sober Living homes, providing an intermediate phase between the controlled environment of treatment and the challenges of the real world. In our Sober Living Homes, we provide stable living environments with freedom to grow in your recovery, as long as our clients fulfill the requirements of 30 days’ sobriety, completion or participation in outpatient treatment, attendance of local support groups; while maintaining steady employment. We offer the support and guidance for our clients to maintain long-term recovery and develop the personal skills that help them be responsible, employable citizens free from substance abuse. Thank you for asking. If you would like more information, please feel free to give Cenikor a call.

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