Successful recovery from alcohol and drug addiction takes time. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most addicts need to stay enrolled in a treatment program for several months. They also need an effective transition from residential rehab to the outside world, with a firm understanding that their recovery needs to be maintained so they won’t resume former unhealthy behaviors and habits and ultimately relapse.
Making the transition from a very structured residential addiction rehabilitation to a less structured daily life can be difficult. When leaving the protected environment of the residential facility, the client is once again exposed to the negative influences and triggers of the outside world. During the transition period, falling back into addictive behaviors and self-destructive patterns is a real danger.
A well-structured sober living home can help clients successfully bridge this transition. In a sober living facility, newly recovering addicts learn to put into practice the tools they acquired during their stay in rehab. This transitional environment can be the key to enabling sobriety in the years to come. Sober living provides an environment that allows residents to practice and internalize their unique recovery program with the goal of becoming self-supporting.
Sometimes, recovering addicts turn to sober living facilities for extra support during hard times. Living with other residents in sobriety gives a sense of hope, and a feeling that “we’re all in it together.” It helps refocus their goals and strengthen sobriety. A sober living home can facilitate a shift in attention from addiction to life.
In sober living homes, new residents don’t immediately have the same responsibilities and privileges as long-time residents. The phase system ensures more structure for new members, with increasing freedom for those who have resided in the house for a longer period.
To encourage mutual respect, sober living facilities have a set of rules that apply equally to all residents:
- No use of alcohol of any kind
- No use of any mind-altering substances
- Adherence to a treatment plan (work hours, study time, etc.)
- Attendance at a predetermined number of 12 step meetings and a mandatory house meeting, in which residents review the previous week and set goals for the coming week
- Taking responsibility for any damages
- No violence
Upon graduating from Retorno’s programs, many of our participants transition to sober living facilities, such as Refresh. To find out more about Refresh click here.Please share this post!