While inpatient treatment has saved the lives of countless addicts, there are many that complete a 30 day treatment program only to return home and pick up where they left off. Most addictions professionals will strongly urge addicts and alcoholics to remain in some type of sober environment for 3 months to a year. To return home too soon to old people, places and things and stressful or toxic situations can often prove to be too overwhelming. Even people determined to stay sober can find themselves returning to drugs and alcohol.
There are the basic steps to follow that you hear over and over again that are designed to help you avoid relapsing in early sobreity. Attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Get a sponsor. Work the 12 Steps. But for some this may not be enough. Those with more urgent underlying issues, such as trauma or mental illness, may need continued therapeutic support. Also, chronic relapsers who have made multiple attempts to stay sober before often need to take advantage of every recovery resource that is available to them. This includes sober housing and outpatient treatment.
Sober housing—also referred to as sober living, halfway houses and transitional living—is a place where individuals in early recovery live together and follow certain rules. Generally, you will pay a weekly amount that includes rent and utilities. A house manager is responsible for making sure residents follow the house guidelines and attend meetings on a regular basis. Residents are drug tested to ensure a sober environment. Sober houses encourage a strong sense of community and many enjoy the time they spend at these houses and recognize is an opportunity to focus on their sobriety.
Outpatient treatment is another way to avoid relapsing in early sobriety. To go from 24/7 care and supervision at an inpatient treatment center to being back on your own can disorienting. Many find that a proper aftercare plan can help them stay connected and accountable during early recovery. Ongoing counseling and relapse prevention groups help clients deal with the changes that come with sobriety and handle stress and the ups and downs associated with the first few months of recovery.
There is a Solution is a free service that helps men and women at varying stages of recovery. We connect you with the help you need, whether its detox, inpatient, outpatient or sober housing.
To learn more about how we can help you or your loved one, call us today at 1-800-832-5250.