Staying sober while finding fulfillment in life is the key goal for people who are recovering from substance use disorders. When people find themselves in unstable environments or where drug and alcohol use is common, maintaining recovery can be more difficult.

Community-style treatment can help prevent relapse by providing stability in an environment free of drugs and alcohol. Numerous studies have shown that people with substance use disorders who actively seek out sober networks have better chances of remaining sober than those who do not.1 If you are in recovery and seeking a stable and supportive environment, community-style treatment may be a good option for you.

How Community-Style Treatment Works

Typically, people seeking residential support for their recovery move into small communities that they share with others who are also in recovery from substance use disorders. This often follows rehab treatment in which people receive counseling to address the underlying issues behind their disorder, learn coping strategies to deal with cravings and address relapse prevention. Rather than returning directly to their homes after treatment, they move into a residence that helps them reinforce their recovery.

Well-managed communities, like the one at Real Recovery here in Asheville, North Carolina, have strict rules forbidding alcohol and drugs. Adherence to this ban is monitored by random and frequent testing for the presence of drugs and alcohol. Typically, anyone who fails a random test will be asked to leave the community.

Many communities limit participation to specific age groups. This ensures a better peer-to-peer relationship between residents. Some facilities cater to both males and females, while others are gender specific.

A Structured Environment

Real Recovery expects residents to find employment or attend college. Structure and stability are important in community-style addiction treatment. At Real Recovery, residents are required to be present for a morning and evening meeting. Residents must also take part in 12-steps meetings throughout the week. The 12-steps program is a proven methodology for prolonged recovery. 2

The visitation policy for community-style treatment facilities differs from place to place, although most residences will permit some visits. Visits may be restricted to weekends, and overnight stays are rarely permitted. Real Recovery has an open-house policy for Sunday dinners.

Finding Fulfillment in Recovery

Residents are encouraged to find fulfillment in their sober lives by undertaking meaningful activities. That often includes helping fellow residents through difficult times and doing charity work in the local community. By reinforcing positive, constructive behavior, sober communities help participants feel good about themselves.

Group activities are also a vital part of living in community-style treatment facilities. Residents regularly participate in sports and outdoor activities. These help residents rediscover their social networking and teamwork skills. Being physically active also improves fitness and health. Engaging in team sports like soccer and basketball helps residents discover healthy ways to cope with stress.

Real Recovery provides a caring and supportive environment for people in all stages of recovery from substance use disorders. Contact us today to find out more about how community-style treatment could be the perfect choice for you.