The National Institutes of Health found in a study of sober-living houses that drug addicts and alcoholics who cycle directly out of inpatient treatment and into their old lives and habits face a greatly elevated chance of relapse. Without sober-living homes or other ways to bridge the gaps from total-immersion residential care facilities to the unrestricted environments that they came from before entering care, compulsive substance abusers are far more likely to revert to their old patterns of use very soon after being discharged.
Longer stays at inpatient facilities are impractical for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the escalating cost of full-service treatment. Unfortunately, staying in residential care is often just too expensive and resource intensive to be practical for the vast majority of patients. There is also the undesirable outcome of a patient who undergoes an extended stay in a rehab clinic becoming acclimated to the intensive therapeutic environment and eventually facing the inevitable discharge without having acquired the necessary skills for long-term sobriety outside of the clinical environment.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to release straight back into the patient’s usual environment. Sober-living homes occupy the space between inpatient care and returning home. They are intended as a supplement to the formal treatment and recovery process by creating an intermediate sober environment with generally less supervision than found in a clinic but with more structure and peer support than can be expected in the patient’s home environment.
At Transformations Recovery, we provide a structure housing component that allows our clients to live in a safe, drug free environment while they progress in their recovery along the way. Our houses enforce rules to help the addict learn positive thinking and get them on the right track.