Once an addict has attended rehab and completed their treatment program there, they are released back into the real world. For many, this can be a scary thought because it will be a huge lifestyle change. They are forced to live on their own without around the clock supervision, which can lead to temptation. Fortunately, there are transitional living spaces for those coming out of rehab called halfway houses which can help to provide a sober living situation.
Also known as “sober living houses,” halfway houses are generally transitional living spaces for people to live in before they take the jump to living completely on their own. Sometimes people leaving prison are court-ordered to live in one as well. These houses usually have a set of rules that residents must abide by. This can include a set of chores, a curfew, willingly participating in random drug tests, and full-time employment or school attendance. Some don’t allow residents to be in romantic relationships either. These rules are all put in place in hopes to prevent the residents from becoming distracted and losing sight of staying sober.
Many halfway houses require residents to participate in a 12 step recovery program like Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous. When choosing a sober living house to attend after rehab, make sure to do research to find support groups near the area. Don’t forget about getting to and from meetings—many people will use public transportation to do so.
Statistics show that recovering addicts who live in halfway houses have a better chance at maintaining a long term recovery. The community feel of a sober living house can be helpful to everyone by allowing them to meet and develop friendships with others who are going through the same problems. When recovering addicts have people to relate to, they’ll have a stronger support system to rely on during tough times.
When making friends and building a support system in a halfway house, it is important to find people with varying experience in recovery. Spending time with addicts who have the exact same time of sobriety can be a mistake. Make sure to get to know others who have a longer sober past, as they can be incredibly helpful in new, challenging situations
Dealing with addiction and life after becoming sober can be difficult. Treatment Now has a staff of recovery experts who are available to answer any questions, so call today.
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