Discharge from a residential addiction treatment program is just the first step in the lifelong journey towards recovery.
Rehabilitation is a process; from the initial phone call, to completing psychological assessments and undergoing evaluations, to withdrawal and detox, and then spending a considerable amount of time in residential inpatient treatment, the beginning of recovery is quite a journey in and of itself. Many recovering addicts feel they’ve completed the process at this point. However, the professional staff at His House, some of whom are recovering addicts themselves, and all of whom are experienced in the recovery and rehab industry, will tell you with certainty this is not the case.
What is Continuing Care?
Continuing care, or aftercare, series of programs to smooth the transition from inpatient rehabilitation to back to regular life. In the life of a recovering addict, triggers for relapse are everywhere. It can be very difficult to avoid using; for example, it’s tough on a recovering alcoholic when entering social situations such as a dinner party or football game where they used to drink; additionally, in many cases, the recovering individual’s social circle revolved around the use of a particular drug or drugs. His and Her House Continuing Care programs are there to help our alumni avoid these temptation, learn to adapt in social situations where triggers are present, and to build and rebuild healthy relationships with friends and family.
There are many continuing care treatment options for our patients when they leave His House. Some examples:
Sober Living Programs – Sober Living (sometimes known as halfway houses) is a treatment program for those who have finished residential inpatient treatment but still need a strictly controlled living environment. Sober Living patients live at one of our cozy and welcoming houses with fellow recovering addicts and house managers while spending their days at work or school. These programs allow the patient to engage again with their lives and routines while maintaining the discipline and structure they need.
The Advantages of Sober Living
Sober Living programs are proven to help patients maintain sobriety and learn important skills to improve on harmful behaviors.
Structure and social support
Sober living can be considered similar to “living at a meeting.” Residents at our Palm Houses have a built-in support system of their peers in the place where they live. Most recovering addicts find this to be the most beneficial aspect of Sober Living for their recovery.
His and Her House Sober Living programs offer a place where recovering addicts can be assured of a drug-free, productive environment where they can continue their own personal growth and recovery. We offer gender-specific houses, for men only and for women only, which allow for the removal of even more distractions for our patients.
Sober living provides those in recovery a continuation of the discipline which helped them during residential treatment. Most houses require patients to agree to strict rules before admitting. These can include restrictions on materials (such as mouthwash or hand sanitizers) which would cause relapses, curfews, submission to unannounced drug tests, enforced bedtimes and meal times, chores, and others. Violations can lead to negative marks and even expulsion from the house.
A Lifelong Journey
Whether it’s Sober Living, joining the Alumni program, or even committing to attending NA or AA meetings, continuing care programs are essential for the long-term recovery and sobriety of any recovering addict or alcoholic; no inpatient or outpatient treatment program will permanently eliminate all cravings or triggers to relapse. Your path to sobriety is smoothest when you take steps to ensure continuing care in your life.