You’ve tried to get sober before, but it didn’t work. And you’re afraid it never will.
But maybe you just didn’t find the right fit the last time you chose a residential treatment center or sober living home. Because when you find the place that’s right for you, the results will change your life.
Residential Treatment Centers
Residential treatment centers that specialize in substance abuse treatment provide a supportive and nurturing environment for you to overcome your addiction to drugs or alcohol. Whether you are looking for fresh mountain air, cool beach breezes or quiet residential areas, there is a treatment center somewhere that meets your needs.
Residential treatment centers provide short-term (3 to 6 weeks) or long-term (6 to 12 months, or longer) stays, depending on your needs. Residential treatment is even possible while you are working or going to school.
During your time at a center, you will be provided therapy (individual, group and family), recreation and lessons in skills that will help you get your life back on track. You will be provided with an individualized treatment plan that ensures you are receiving the most effective treatment possible. Treatment at a center will also address any other disorders that you may be suffering from, such as depression, anxiety or panic disorders.
Residential treatment centers typically provide continuing care to you once you have completed your treatment. That may mean participating in support groups through the center or finding a therapist in your town that can help you maintain sobriety. A strong alumni program can also help you maintain long-term successful sobriety after you have completed treatment.
Sober Living Homes
Transitioning back into your regular life after a stay at a residential treatment center can be overwhelming. Time at a sober living home can make the transition easier.
Sober living homes can help you strengthen and maintain your new alcohol- and drug-free lifestyle before you return to your normal routine. These homes don’t provide any treatment, recovery services, counseling or formal support programs. What they do provide is a supportive place to live that is free from substances.
Residents at a sober living home reinforce their recovery through support from other residents who understand what the recovery experience is like. While at a sober living home, you will be free to participate in self-help meetings or other activities that support your recovery.
When selecting a sober living home, make sure the house is one in which you’d want to live (it’s clean and well maintained) and that there is a written policy dealing with substance abuse. It may also be useful to speak to residents or former residents to get their feedback on the time they spent in the house.
Finding the residential treatment center or sober living home that will give you the best chance of recovery may take some time. But the long-term rewards will be more than worth the effort.