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For those completing inpatient-residential addiction treatment, transitioning to structured sober living housing can greatly enhance success in sobriety.

For those completing inpatient-residential addiction treatment, transitioning to structured sober living housing can greatly enhance success in sobriety.

Individuals initially seek detox services to safely get off of drugs and alcohol. Then they are referred to inpatient/residential treatment programs where they learn about the disease of addiction, relapse triggers and healthy coping skills. Inpatient programs provide little wiggle room to get drunk/high. The next step is to reside in a structured sober living home where they have increased freedom combined with accountability, drug testing and sober support.

Life after treatment is difficult; the transition into so-called normal life leads many recovering addicts to relapse. Structured sober living homes provide individuals a safe place to get back on their feet. There is little doubt that the longer one engages in treatment and the more clinical and social support one has, the more sustainable their recovery will be.

Some of the best reasons to transition into a structured sober living home:

Accountability. Sober living homes help people create self-accountability and responsibility. They often mandate nightly curfews, that residents be out of the house at work or school and require attendance at regular 12-step meetings. These simple rules can feel inundating to those in early sobriety.

Structured living. Addicts dislike discipline but it is extremely important in early recovery. Curfews, random drug tests, chores and house meetings may seem “stupid” to some but are at the essence of helping individuals remain clean and sober.

Peer support. The power of the group can propel someone on the fence about wanting to stay clean to jump into recovery. While recovery happens in treatment and 12-step meetings, much of the time it happens in sober living homes, when people talk about their lives and what’s going on with them. They share experiences with meetings, outpatient programs and suggestions their sponsors have given them. They bounce ideas off each other. These relationships help newly sober people get through rough times and the emotional rollercoaster of early recovery.

Transitional living. Drug addiction is a full time job and learning how to reintegrate into life doesn’t happen in inpatient rehab facilities. It often doesn’t happen if the addict returns to their same living environment or family structure they had when using. Structured sober livings provide a transitional period, staff and peer support to transition back into the real world and learn necessary life skills to be successful. They offer a new environment where everyone is trying to live better, healthier lives with the same goal of supporting change and growth.

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