What is the Next Step After Sober Living?
Addiction recovery is a multi-phased process – one that includes medical detox, a continuation of clinical care, and long-term aftercare planning. In most cases, the early recovery process will ideally look somewhat like this:
- Medically monitored detox. During this stage of the recovery process, the individual undergoes drug or alcohol withdrawal in a safe and supportive environment. He or she will be closely monitored by a team of medical professionals, and withdrawal symptoms will be treated effectively with a variety of proven detox methods as soon as they arise. While an individual is in medical detox an aftercare program will be developed, which will include a seamless transition to the next level of clinical care. In most cases, the next level of clinical care is inpatient treatment (or drug and alcohol rehab).
- Inpatient or residential addiction treatment. This stage of the addiction recovery process is also known as “rehab.” Individuals who were recently physically stabilized in a medical detox facility will move on to drug and alcohol rehab, where they will stay for between one and three months (longer if the case of addiction was especially severe or if there were any significant underlying disorders, such as mental illness or unresolved trauma). This stage of the recovery process consists of intensive therapeutic intervention and the development of healthy coping mechanisms and life skills.
- Intensive outpatient treatment and sober living. Once an individual completes inpatient treatment he or she will transfer directly to a sober living home. It is important to make sure that there is no time gap between inpatient treatment and sober living, seeing as the relapse rates for those who complete inpatient treatment and do not immediately enter into a sober living environment are exceptionally high. While in a sober living house the individual will continue in his or her program of clinical care with an intensive outpatient program (IOP). The IOP program will meet five days a week for several hours every day and will include a continuation of the group and individual therapy. IOP also allows for the honing of relapse prevention skills.
- Outpatient treatment and sober living. While still living in a sober living house the individual will continue with an outpatient treatment program, which is essentially the same set up as IOP but is slightly less of a commitment. In most cases, individuals who are in outpatient treatment will meet three or four times a week for only several hours every day. They will be able to maintain a part or full-time job while still receiving some level of clinical care.
- After around six months (or longer) the individual will move out of the sober living facility and transition back to fully independent living. He or she will have developed a viable aftercare plan while in a sober living house and will implement that plan to stay sober long-term. Generally speaking, aftercare consists of ongoing individual therapy and daily 12 step meeting involvement.
What Happens After You Move Out of a Halfway House?
What happens once an individual moves on from sober living? Transitioning back to fully independent living can seem somewhat overwhelming or intimidating at first. The level of personal freedom will be new, and there will be no one to keep you accountable but yourself. The goal of sober living housing is to prepare men and women for the recovery journey ahead, and for success in sobriety without the built-in structure and constantly available support network.
Every reputable sober living house – like Riverbend Residence – will make sure that the transition is smooth and stress-free, and that residents are fully prepared to keep themselves accountable before they make the transition. What happens after sober living is a return to daily life! We want to make sure that residents are nothing but prepared and excited to take the next step on the lifelong road to recovery.
If you’re interested in our sober living and treatment programs, give us a call around the clock at (844) 505-3447 for more information. Having the right sober support system in place can mean the difference between staying clean after sober living or going back to your old ways and experiencing a relapse.