Wednesday, January 11, 2012

From Rehab to a Sober Living Facility: Why Take the Next Step by The Granite House

It takes a lot for an addict to enter into a rehab facility. From denial to self loathing, it is hard to admit that you are an addict and need help to recover.

But is rehab enough?

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, relapse happens in 40-60% of people. That can be a pretty discouraging figure. The truth is that most addicts are not truly ready to go back to their lives after their 30-90 day rehab recovery center. This is why sober living houses are so important to ensure the practices learned in rehab stick.

But what is living in a sober living house like?

The first rule in a sober living house is that the tenants must stay sober. Often tenants will have to submit to random drug tests to make sure they are staying clean.

Most sober living houses center around the 12 step philosophy: admitting that you are powerless over your addiction, recognizing this give you strength, examining past errors, making amends for these errors, learning to live with a new code of behavior, helping others that suffer from the same addiction or compulsions.

They also have 24 hour support for their tenants. Most have group activities such as fishing, hiking, meditation, yoga, and paintball. These events center around getting their tenants out of the house, having clean sober fun, and building a bond among the tenants. Sober living facilities will also have their own recovery sessions and 12 step meeting attendance to ensure that their tenants continue to gain tools to maintain their sobriety.

This is just a brief look into what life would be like in a sober living facility. Though it’s more time away from your own life, sometimes it is necessary to take the time to ensure that you will overcome the 40- 60% statistic.