In a study concerning relapse rates to addiction among men who had competed therapy, published in the journal Addiction, researchers found that, “Subjects who complied with post-treatment maintenance plans were more likely to be abstinent than subjects who did not.” This might seem obvious, as addiction treatment programs are designed to help people walk away from their destructive habits and stay away from them for good.
Anyone who does what a therapist suggests in these programs has a greater chance of staying sober than someone who ignores all the lessons of rehab and chooses to do anything and say anything at any time. Even so, some men may find it difficult to follow the guidelines they’ve been given in their rehab programs. They may need the help that only a sober living facility can provide.
People with addictions run the risk of relapse when they live in the communities that once supported their addictions. Men who live at home may be forced to walk by the corner bar or the neighborhood drug dealer on a regular basis, and it can be all too easy to simply give in at the end of a bad day and sign up for a dose of an obliterating drug. While sober living homes aren’t run by police forces or security guards, and there are no cameras in the rooms taking pictures around the clock, men who live here are subjected to the supervision of their peers, and they may even be required to submit to regular urine screenings for addiction. As a result, they may be less likely to relapse, as they’ll have a community surrounding them and watching them.
While men who live at home may have the supervision of their friends and family members, they may engage in behaviors that compensate for their addiction, and the people who love them may not see these steps as dangerous. For example, in a study in the journal Appetite, researchers found that men in the early stages of addiction recovery tended to binge on food in order to find relief, and that they struggled to lose weight. Some even developed distress about the way they looked later in recovery. While sober living facilities aren’t always staffed with mental health experts who can advise residents on topics like this, peers can sometimes provide insight. They’ve been through the addiction process on their own, and they know what disorder looks like. As a result, they may help their peers to avoid some common mistakes early in recovery, and challenge any disordered thought patterns they see, before they become engrained habits that cause distress later in recovery.
While some people with addictions maintain routines and schedules, many men who are addicted choose to:
Their days become exclusively focused on the use and misuse of substances, and when those substances are gone, it can be hard for these men to think of ways to fill the time. Sober homes can help by requiring residents to head to work, as well as attend their therapy appointments and support group meetings. The day is full and it’s planned, and there’s no room for substance use and misuse.
Men who follow this schedule may find the time to become reacquainted with the hobbies they once loved, or they may find new activities to fill their time. They may feel less lost and at sea, and more focused on what they can accomplish each day and what they might be able to do in the day that follows. It’s a more positive way to live, and since a study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment suggests that relapses to addiction in men are commonly associated with a low and sad mood, schedules that are positive could protect men from relapse.
They might not have negative emotional states when they’re focused on the future in this way.
The schedules also ensure that the men remain focused on the healing process and the steps they need to complete in order to achieve a robust recovery. Since men are rewarded for experimentation, men living alone might be tempted to try to skip a medication dose or a therapy session. In a sober living community, this just isn’t allowed. Instead, men are asked to keep working and keep fighting, and they may learn more complete lessons about recovery as a result.
A study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior suggests that men with addictions have difficulties with social functioning, mainly because they’re intoxicated much of the time. Sober living homes can help, as they remove that intoxication risk and provide men with tools they can use to preserve that sobriety in the months and years to come. Finding a facility like this might be easy, as there are many of them sprinkled throughout communities all across America. Please call us to start your search for a home that can help you recover.