Benefits of Sober Living Homes
It is very common that when drug addicts leave inpatient facilities they go to a halfway home, or a sober living home, to continue their rehabilitation and treatment. It is useful to have help and support when transitioning back into society after 30-120 days living in an inpatient treatment facility. In 2010 the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment published a statistical article related to sober living homes. This research found that those living in sober living homes for 6-18 months after inpatient treatment were much less likely to face relapse, become homeless or be arrested. The findings were staggering and prove the need for more facilities to have sober living homes. There are so many benefits of sober living homes that it’s hard to imagine anyone leaving an inpatient facility and not making that their next transition.
Adjusting to Sobriety
The hardest thing after actually becoming sober is adjusting to life as a sober person. Living at home can carry burdensome decisions that can become overwhelming for many people trying to adjust to sobriety. In a sober living home there are rules to follow which help an addict transition through the process. It is a requirement of course to stay sober while living in the sober living home. Rules that are put in place such as curfews and the requirement to seek employment are helpful tools put in place to ensure success.
Most people who are going through the rehabilitation process find it difficult to find employment. Often times they have drug related or theft related offenses on their record. And sometimes they haven’t held down a real job for many years, or have skipped around from job to job every few months. Sober living homes work with community organizations to help recovering addicts with resumes, interview skills and proper dress attire, which can all be major hindrances to finding a job.
Arranging for housing
Sober living home is highly recommended for those leaving an inpatient rehabilitation facility so they can transition into society as a sober individual more easily. But of course they can’t stay there forever, so they need help transitioning into a home of their own that is a safe place for them. Sober living homes help individual’s secure permanent living situations. They often work with government agencies and have built relationships in the community that want to help people down on their luck and are willing to rent to a person with a drug abuse habit and most likely a criminal record.
Education on Relationship Building
Every addict has hurt their loved ones and has ruined relationships during their addiction. Most often times it is the people that they love the most that they have hurt the most. Mending those relationships is an extremely important part of the recovery process because those people will be their support system for maintaining a life of sobriety. Group discussions can help give recovering addicts ideas and hope and inspiration for fixing their own broken relationships. Often times counseling is also available for the addict and the loved ones they’ve hurt, so they can come together in a safe setting and start to rebuild their relationship with a professional overseeing the conversations.