Sobriety can be a lifetime commitment. Although programs for detox or rehab can aid individuals in breaking substance abuse, maintaining recovery takes continuous dedication and attention. When someone leaves treatment and returns home to a stressful or demanding home life, such as one with ingrained habits or taxing relationships, they are at risk of relapsing. Fortunately, there are a variety of options available for those intending to continue their healing journey. Recovery housing includes transitional housing arrangements that offer independent yet structured and sober home life for individuals in recovery.
The chance to develop deep, genuine bonds with other recovering individuals is one of recovery housing’s most valuable benefits. Living alongside people with similar interests and aspirations might help lessen feelings of loneliness, a trigger of the addiction cycle. Support groups are also frequently linked to an increase in long-term sobriety. A person’s ability to receive the emotional assistance necessary to overcome addiction can be facilitated by building strong connections. These connections can evolve into a network of support for patients as they pursue their recovery.
Recovery housing also offers continuous assistance and support from on-site managers and staff who have faced similar difficulties, many with lived experience. Recovery housing staff members have received training in providing care and support, including crisis intervention and motivational interviewing. Additionally, managers and personnel are accessible around-the-clock to assist people with any problems that arise while they are recovering, such as dealing with cravings or finding employment. Also, by enforcing regulations that encourage a healthy and sober environment, house managers help to keep others accountable for their actions.
Perhaps the greatest offering of recovery housing is the separation it provides from the usual relapse triggers and external stressors. Substance abuse can alter certain brain cell functions, which could negatively impact one’s capacity for self-control and rational decision-making. By prohibiting any potentially addictive substances and medications on the premises, recovery housing reduces the possible risk of relapse. This ensures that patients are responsible for their behavior and allows them to effectively concentrate on their road to recovery.
Recovery housing also has a proven record of success in promoting long-term abstinence. One example of this involves a group of recovery housing facilities linked to an outpatient addiction treatment program in Berkeley, California. At the time of the study, four houses with a total of 58 beds were available to recovering patients. During the first week of their stay, the research team interviewed all participants. Follow-up interviews were conducted at the six-month and twelve-month benchmarks. The study quotes that “the average length of stay in both types of sober living houses exceeded the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s recommended minimum of 90 days to achieve maximum benefits,” with the average length of stay being 254 days. Initially, only 11% of participants reported abstinence from drugs and alcohol in the six months prior to the program. At both the six-month and twelve-month benchmarks, however, this figure increased to 68%. Given the opportunity to form meaningful relationships, receive constant guidance and support, and find separation from relapse triggers and stress, individuals can lead fulfilling lives free from addiction. This research highlights the value and efficacy of recovery programs for those looking to heal.
JADE Wellness Can Help
For many, addiction and abuse can quickly spiral out of control, resulting in grave consequences. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to any substance, JADE Wellness is here to help you. JADE Wellness Center is Pittsburgh’s first comprehensive medication-assisted treatment center, also offering individual and group therapy sessions. Call us at 412-380-0100 or visit the JADE Wellness Center website to begin your path to recovery.