There was a study by the National Institute of Health on sober-living homes, and the chances of relapse. They stated that drug addicts and alcoholics that cycle right out of treatment into their old lives greatly increase their chances of relapse. After being discharged from a treatment facility compulsive substance abusers are far more likely to go back to their old patterns and start using. The use of sober living homes and transitional housing bridge the gap from residential care facilities to environments that are unstructured that they come from before deciding to go to treatment. Staying in a residential care facility especially for longer stays in inpatient treatment are unfortunately too expensive and impractical as far as being resource intensive. The clients have to face being discharged and need to gain necessary skills for long-term sobriety outside of a clinical environment.
Clients can become too comfortable in the intensive therapeutic environment and begin to rely on the safety of it. Sober living homes and communities offer a bridge between the residential treatment facilities and being able to return home. These environments also allow the client to build a sober network of support and begin to transition into having a clean and sober lifestyle. These communities are usually associated with an intensive outpatient or outpatient programs that allow the continued development in their recovery. They are in a safe environment with skilled therapists, group sessions, individuals, and peer support to develop skills in their recovery for continued sobriety. These environments have generally less supervision than found with inpatient but has more peer support and structure than the environments that they came from. These sober living homes also known as halfway houses is a connecting piece from a residential treatment facility to being back in the community. These environments usually focus more on drug and alcohol addiction than behavioral, gambling, or sexual addiction. These homes offer a place to get a head start on living a new sober lifestyle while being surrounded by a community of addict all trying to do the same thing.
It gives the addict or alcoholic a chance to start the rebuilding process and putting them in a position to be successful in living a clean and sober lifestyle. There has been many studies on the statistics of former residents in sober living communities and they show that at 6 month intervals ranging up to 18 months post-treatment were less likely to face arrest, homelessness, or relapse. These environments provide positive community support which is important when first entering recovery out of a residential treatment facility. Hard work needs to go into maintaining sobriety and being able to achieve long-term success. Once the drugs and alcohol are out of the system work needs to be done internally and externally, we are combating a lifetime of addiction. The continued work on sobriety is important especially in the early stages of recovery, we can either feed our recovery or feed our addiction. If nothing changes than nothing will change, so we have to literally change everything to work towards a better future. We put in so much work when it came to our addiction and getting drugs or alcohol on a daily basis. We owe it to ourselves to put that same work into maintaining our sobriety and giving ourselves the best chance possible to have a life of happiness and peace.