Substance use disorder (SUD), colloquially known as addiction, is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a complex, chronic brain disorder. The Mayo Clinic explains addiction as a disease “that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication” without regard for consequence. Addiction does not develop overnight, nor should an individual expect his or her recovery from substance use disorder to occur instantaneously. Achieving and maintaining sobriety is often thought of as the only way to recover from substance abuse and/ or addiction. Sobriety as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) is “the condition of not having any measurable levels or effects from alcohol or drugs.” Sobriety focuses on a drug-free lifestyle while taking into consideration other aspects of life (e.g., behaviors, emotions, mental health, etc.). Any individual that successfully completes a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program will leave with an aftercare plan, which offers personalized guidance to help with continued sober success. The suggestion of transitioning into a sober living home typically arises as a component of one’s aftercare plan.
Sober living homes are voluntary residential group facilities for individuals recovering from substance abuse and/ or addiction. They are an excellent transitional residence for individuals that have become recently sober and are hesitant to return to their home environments immediately following the completion of a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program. They offer individuals a safe, drug and alcohol-free residential environment that is a slightly less structured than in an inpatient substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program, but more structured and controlled than simply returning home. Sober homes each hold distinct characteristics, are in different geographical areas, and offer a variety of wide-ranging amenities. Sober living homes are privately owned and operated. Therefore, each sober living facility will have its own set of rules and regulations as well as corresponding consequences for violations.
There are a variety of benefits to residing in a sober living home. Individuals that elect to move into a sober living home essentially have a built-in support network during this vulnerable time, as they are residing with other people that are also in recovery. Sober living homes enable residents continue to practice accountability and can assist in further strengthening one’s foundation of recovery without being surrounded by potential triggers and temptations that may present in one’s home life. The purpose of a sober living facility is not to shield individuals from reality, but instead to facilitate prolonged and sustained sobriety by helping people take the necessary preparatory steps to fully reintegrate into society.
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If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction, we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-258-6792. You are also welcomed to contact anytime us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.