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Deciding on Sober Living

Addiction treatment is an entire process of healing, which often requires different levels of care.  If you’re addicted to a substance, attending an inpatient rehabilitation program is advised.  Depending on the substance, there are medical recommendations in place to go through a detoxification center prior to to checking into residential treatment.  Detoxification typically lasts about 7 to 10 days, and is supervised by medical professionals.  The withdrawals associated with some substances can cause life threatening reactions, so having staff to monitor and provide pain relief can be necessary.  

After being released from detox, you will go to an inpatient program.  The length of a residential program varies widely, but usually ranges somewhere from 28 days to 6 months.  In inpatient treatment, individuals usually receive some form of therapy.  Addiction stems from something much deeper, and an individual typically avoids their internal issues by using external substances.  They may believe it helps them get away from their problems and ease emotional pain.  Through therapy, patients are taught to face the issues which have been buried for so long and learn how to approach them in a healthy way.  In treatment, you will learn effective coping strategies and what to do when triggers present themselves.

Many people are unsure where to go after completing a residential program.  The level of care received in an inpatient setting is highly structured and leaving that environment can be terrifying.  People may leave having the best of intentions, but enter a prior toxic environment which is not conducive to staying clean and sober.  A sober living home can be a great option for those who don’t have a safe place to go.  Recovery is all about learning a new way of life, and often all aspects need to change for a person to have successful long-term sobriety.  

Sober living homes can also vary widely in their level of care.  Some can be quite strict, while others only require their tenants to be clean.  Many homes have a house manager, who often lives there.  They ensure people are following the rules and being respectful towards other tenants.  House meetings will usually take place to provide residents a place to express their concerns.  Tenants are usually drug tested and expected to look for a job or go to school.  Many people also attend outpatient programs while in sober living, as well as twelve step meetings.  In fact, many homes may require you to attend a certain number of meetings per week.  Sober living is designed to be a somewhat short-term experience, with most moving on to find their own place after a year or two of sustained sobriety.  It can be a great resource for those looking to ease the transition of a structured inpatient environment to the free, open world.  Determining whether sober living is right for you will depend on your specific situation.  If you are afraid going back to your prior home will jeopardize your sobriety, sober living can be a great option for you.

If you need help for addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help. We offer medically assisted detox and we are equipped to treat dual diagnoses, including depression. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.