People who suffer from substance use disorders all respond differently to treatment. Many factors are involved in how addiction or substance abuse affects people. These factors include the length of time people have been abusing substances, the environment in which they live and the factors underlying the substance abuse.

Inpatient and Outpatient Programs

Addiction treatment helps people build a healthy and productive life in which abstinence from alcohol and harmful substances is a priority. Programs function on an outpatient or inpatient treatment basis.1 Inpatient treatment provides a stable environment in which people can focus entirely on learning new ways of thinking and behaving. Outpatient treatment allows clients to participate in treatment while returning home each day.

Relapse Prevention

Relapse rates range from 40-60 percent for people who have received addiction treatment.2 The risk of relapse for those who select inpatient treatment or a sober living facility is lower. Relapse rates also rise when substance abuse is prevalent in a person’s living environment.

The longer a person stays in treatment, the more skills they acquire and successfully implement to resist cravings, avoid triggers and maintain their sobriety. One way that people at increased risk of relapse can extend the time spent in treatment is to transition into a sober living community. Finding the right sober living facility takes a bit of research.

Ask Your Treatment Center

The best place to start is with your current treatment center. Tell your mentor that you want to consider a sober living community, and ask for recommendations. Your mentor can discuss the available options and guide you to sober living facilities that should fit your needs. Together you can research whether facilities you’re considering have received any accreditation or licensing, what their reputation in the treatment community is and what amenities they offer.

The sober living residence you select should be one that can help you achieve your goals. You may want to look for a sober living facility that has arrangements with local employers who offer jobs to residents. Some sober living facilities also have programs established in which all residents participate in volunteer activities that benefit the community.

Sober Living Facility Resident Policies

Each sober living facility will have its own set of policies for acceptable resident behavior and required activities. It may be tempting to select a facility that appears to be relaxed with its guidelines, but this structure exists for a reason and helps to reinforce sobriety for you and for the other residents.

One policy to look for is mandatory testing to ensure no resident is using substances. Other guidelines include curfews, employment or academic enrollment, participating in house chores, attending group meetings and paying rent.

Sober living facilities are an excellent option for anyone looking to extend their time in treatment and reinforce their sobriety skills before returning to independent daily life. Contact a high-quality treatment center to learn more.