The first year of recovery can be challenging for anyone. Statistics show the people who leave a treatment facility and return directly home afterward have a much higher relapse rate than those who transition into a structured sober living program. While sober living is a lower level of care, it can dramatically increase a person’s chance of further anchoring their foothold in recovery and maintaining their sobriety.
Triggers, stressors and day-to-day occurrences will present themselves during the transition or step down phase from primary care to aftercare. Someone who has created wreckage or fallen behind on their responsibilities may feel overwhelmed trying to play catch up. Others may become overly confident with their new sea legs in recovery.
A good sober living home provides a safe, comfortable environment to maintain abstinence, support recovery and promote personal growth. Residents are able to attend school, work, appointments, outside meetings and recreational activities. Staff members, peers and fellow residents can offer invaluable direction, guidance and encouragement to someone who is newly sober and recently out of treatment. Proper oversight and accountability via curfews, restrictions, chores, drug testing and counseling can reduce old behaviors from cropping up and sabotaging individual progress.
If you need help finding a good sober living home or information on how to choose one, please call us at: 800-980-3927
Carmine Thompson, BRI II, CIP, CAC
Founder, Board Registered Interventionist II