The aftercare component (after rehab support) of addiction recovery is rapidly becoming one of the most critical. Far too many overdose deaths were people who had recently come out of residential treatment programs and moved directly back into their unhealthy environment. They thought they could handle the same quantity of the drug/alcohol they used to do, however, after being clean for 30 -90 days, the body could no longer tolerate such amounts.
Residential inpatient programs for drug and alcohol use disorder are generally the best way to get the addict out of their environment, monitor their behavior, and get them clean while providing therapy to treat the underlying issue(s). It is both encouraging and heartwarming to witness people getting their lives back after treatment. They feel on top of the world and ready to take on life’s challenges now that they found sobriety. But what happens when they leave treatment and go directly back home – usually to the same house, the same family and friends, the same town and businesses? Will they be strong enough to avoid the temptation of drinking or using again? Have they really put in enough time being sober and using the tools they recently received? Statistics confirm the answer is a resounding “no”.
Recovery Residences Offer After Rehab Support
The reason recovery residences or halfway houses are gaining so much recognition in the industry is because there is finally enough data to prove their efficacy as a critical component of the continuum of care model espoused by most addiction treatment specialists. Sober living homes (or recovery residences) provide peer support in a substance-free environment that encourages residents to continue on their journey of recovery, without many of the pressures and temptations of their previous environment. Recovery residences provide the support, structure, guidance, and social connection that are critical to changing behavior patterns, developing life skills, and preventing isolation. For many people, in any stage of recovery, sober living (or recovery residences) can make the difference between on-going addiction and freedom from alcohol or substance abuse.
Halfway Houses Cater to Different Types of Clients
As mentioned above, studies have proven the importance of halfway houses or sober living homes in recovery. We know that addiction does not discriminate – it affects people of all ages, gender, ethnicity, race, and at all levels of social and economic status. While people may be recovering from the same “drug of choice” they may not be the most effective match in terms of peer support. It is important, especially during the addiction treatment aftercare phase of recovery, that people are surrounded not only by other recovering addicts, but also those they can most relate to and form a connection with. Studies have shown that age is important factor in terms of peer support – likely because of the similarities in life experience, social norms, cultural values, and similar ideals. Brady’s Landing provides upscale sober living that focuses on adults over 30.