The environment in which a recovery addict is subject to has an immense impact on their ability to sustain long-lasting abstinence. Stable living environments such as sober living homes and recovery communities provide individuals recovering from substance abuse an encouraging environment that according to studies has a significant role in reducing relapse. Sober living houses provide individuals who are establishing and attempting to maintain sobriety with peer support, structure, and access to addiction recovery maintenance resources. There are numerous advantages to sober living environments on top of providing a safe and drug free environment. It is important that individuals in recovery and families of addicts understand the role of sober living homes and recognize that successful recovery from addiction relies heavily on long-term treatment as well as continuing care. With rates of relapse for addicts, especially heroin addicts and dual diagnosis patients, being alarmingly high, taking advantage of effective treatment tools can minimize risks and maximize treatment outcomes.
Substance use disorder and addiction can affect nearly anyone regardless of class, race or gender. A recovering addicts environment especially following inpatient or outpatient treatment, has an immense impact on sobriety. The term “social model recovery” is used to describe the process of relearning and gaining control over responses to challenges, stresses and anxieties in recovery. Recovering addicts, benefit from this model of recovery in that they learn and connect with others who have shared similar experiences and overcome similar obstacles. Watching and doing as positive role models do helps provides strength and hope to newly recovering addicts. Sober living homes, are often operated by former addicts in recovery and builds a community of individuals who are fighting to reach the same goal, sobriety. Living together and working towards common goals such as self-acceptance, anger management, and abstinence are encouraged when peers are supporting one another and the home becomes a positive support system.
Substance use disorder or addiction to substances such as OxyContin, cocaine, alcohol or MDMA, often should be met with residential treatment and long-term care. Furthermore, treatment should be in stages and recovery should be at a pace where patients feel comfortable moving forward. Individuals seeking recovery should choose a program that best suites their needs in terms of their drug dependence and unique life up till now. Find the program that is likely to increase chances of a full recovery and that has options which promote that such as sober living, detox, rehab, vocational training, and alternative therapies. Choosing an outpatient detox expecting to gain long term abstinence is not healthy because that detox only treats the physical dependence rather than all components of addiction. Look for a drug treatment facilities that provide services such as sober living homes or halfway houses after intensive treatment can be the perfect bridge between the person’s old life and the new.
A sober living community refers to a residence or facility that recovering addicts can stay at in order to help them through the transition from intensive treatment for addiction to a normal way of life. Many people’s friends and support networks that are part of their old life are not supportive environments for a person trying to make a change in their lifestyle. A SLE is a place where a recovering person can make new connections with others that are on the same page as them. The entire environment is drug and alcohol free as well as free from negative attitudes. It helps people to transition through the sudden stop of substance use in rehab to a normal functioning life in their future.
Even though every Sober Living program may have its differences in how they are run, there are things that can be expected from all of them. The following is what it is like to be a part of a sober living home or environment:
Overall, the biggest benefit of being in a sober living community is preventing relapse. It was shown by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that as many as 40-60 percent of people relapse into drug and alcohol abuse. Sober living homes provide a space where the person’s behavior can continue to be monitored over a longer term period to ensure that healthy habits are established moving forward.
Maintaining sobriety by going to regular meetings is made easier by being part of the environment because there is often a group of people going and it is encouraged. Establishing new friendships is also made possible with like-minded individuals who have empathy towards the recovering person being a part of their lives.
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