Study after study has shown that the longer a patient stays in an inpatient treatment program, the more likely it is that they will remain drug-free for longer and, in the event of relapse, will very quickly return to sober living rather than continue down a path that returns them to active addiction.
Inpatient support during recovery has been proven to be hugely beneficial for patients. However, after a time, the patient no longer needs the full schedule of therapy, groups, and addiction education and must continue to grow in recovery, taking a step closer to completely independent living without rushing things and ultimately putting their progress in jeopardy. This is the function of sober living homes: to offer patients just out of inpatient rehab the chance to progress in their recovery and take on more responsibility and freedoms while also enjoying the continued comfort, support, and accountability provided by in-house staff and likeminded housemates.
Never does an addicted person in recovery reach the point where they can say, “I am cured.” There is no cure for addiction, thus the risk of relapse is always imminent. For some patients, the trigger to drink or get high can build slowly over time while others are completely blindsided; some even report finding themselves with a drink in their hand before they had time to process what is happening.
Every step taken to increase the ability of the resident to avoid impulsive behaviors and learn how to cope with difficulties or unexpected issues as they arise without resorting to drug or alcohol abuse can help to improve the odds of long-term sobriety. Patients are encouraged to stay in inpatient drug rehab for as long as possible, then move to an inpatient sober living home that will help them to continue therapeutic progress while also taking small steps toward living life independently and remaining relapse-free.
There are a number of things you can do to increase your efforts in recovery and help to move more quickly to a place of stability that will allow for a safer independence. You can:
If you’d like help finding a sober living situation that will work well for you, contact us today.