Numerous studies have shown that entering a transitional living environment after completing an inpatient rehabilitation program increases the likelihood of maintaining sobriety. After completing rehab, many individuals long just to get home and resume their lives. However, transitioning to a sober living house can help you or your loved one achieve long-term success through a stable environment, ongoing support, and reinforcement of changes made with inpatient rehab.
The process of getting into a sober house can help individuals in numerous ways. First, the sober house environment helps reinforce whatâ€™s been learned in inpatient rehab. Much like in rehab, staff and programming address the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of the personâ€™s recovery. With the responsibilities that have been waiting for them, sometimes individuals are tempted to get complacent about their ongoing recovery by neglecting to attend sobriety meetings or outpatient follow-up. Making a gradual transition through a sober living house can help the patient begin to address their day-to-day responsibilities necessary for a sober, while the programs available still help to ensure the person is addressing their recovery needs.
- Alcoholism, Addiction and the Problem of Denial
- On the Downward Spiral: The Kindling Effect of Addiction
Often people in recovery struggle with establishing a daily routine and with developing strategies in dealing with everyday problems and responsibilities because in their addiction, there was no routine or schedule followed. Transitional living can help the individual tremendously in this area. The structure and established routine of sober house living helps the individual to get accustomed to having a routine. Through the structured daily schedule provided in a sober house, the individual has much greater chance at success when it comes to setting up and following their own schedule and attending to their responsibilities when they return home.
- This is Your Brain on Alcohol: Understanding How Alcohol Affects Your Brain
- The Importance of Alcohol Rehab Centers
Returning home from inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation is typically stressful, and increased stress is linked to increased chance of relapse. A sober home can be very helpful because it is often less stressful than directly returning to the home environment. The other potential issue with the home environment is that triggers may still exist that will tempt the person in recovery to use. In transitional living, triggers can be addressed and removed or dealt with before the person returns home, and with a completely drug and alcohol-free environment, the individual is able to begin coping with day-to-day life before facing the temptation of the availability of their drug of choice. As the person in recovery begins to adjust to a sober lifestyle, any issues or difficulties that come up can be faced with the support of staff and other residents, rather than the individual potentially trying to cope with problems by themselves.
Another benefit to stepping down to a sober living house is the readily available support. Residents of sober houses can provide a built-in support network by sharing their common experiences and goals of maintaining sobriety. When someone emerges from rehab, it is necessary to cut ties with former acquaintances from their life of addiction. In a sober house, people will find others with whom they can connect and begin to build healthy friendships.
Through continued treatment, programming designed to help the individual physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and the support of staff and residents, those overcoming addictions often find a much smoother transition as they reintegrate back into day-to-day living.