5 Ways Sober Living Environments Will Increase Long-Term Recoveryby Balboa Horizons | March 17, 2017
Sober Living Environments Increase Long-Term Recovery
The transition between the life of an addict, to life in treatment, to a new sober life outside of treatment can be jarring. Just simply for the fact that so much has happened in a relatively short period of time. Your whole life has changed – for the better.
Once you leave your formal treatment center, the familiarity of home life can threaten your newfound sobriety. This is why many consider a Sober Living Environment (also known as a Halfway House) to aid in their transition from treatment to home life. Sober Living Environments are group facilities that serve as a middle ground. They provide a loose structure of rehab in the mainstream space.
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Depending on the facility, they may have rules like curfews and room searches. But most will allow residents to come and go throughout the day and even maintain a job. They offer the familiarity and support of rehab in a more casual space.
Here are 5 reasons to consider a Sober Living Environment after rehab treatment:
- The Odds are in Your Favor
About 50 percent of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts will relapse at some point after initial treatment. At DePaul University’s Center for Community Research, they found that those who participated in Sober Living Environments had a phenomenal abstinence rate of 65% – 87%. Likewise, another study by the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that participants in a sober living home had significant improvements in mental health. If you’re just looking at the numbers, Sober Living Environments are your best bet.
- Life after Treatment can be Turbulent
Most relapses occur within the first 30 to 90 days after initial treatment. As a result, spending this time in a Sober Living environment, you can smooth the transition and increase your chances for success.
- Like-Minded People
Who you surround yourself will absolutely have an impact on your sobriety. Being around people who have a shared experience and a shared goal can help you begin your sober life outside of rehab.
- Continued Mental Health Support
Depending on the facility, many offer mental health services, including individual attention and support groups. Too often, services obtained in rehab may be the first mental health attention someone has received in their life, and abruptly stopping that can hurt someone’s chances. Consequently, continuing support is not only beneficial to sobriety but general mental health as well.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
A sober lifestyle means cutting off old habits and starting healthy new ones. You initially learn your new habits in rehab and Sober Living Environment gives you a low-pressure arena to continue to practice them and make them part of your daily life. Sober Living Environments aren’t the only way to maintain sobriety, but they can increase your chances.