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After Alcohol Detox, Sober Living Fills the Gap

Sometimes, we are asked if people can enter our sober living home without first undergoing alcohol detox. That is a case by case decision, but in general, it is preferable for our guests to undergo a detox or rehab program first. That ensures that the person has undergone the treatment necessary to get all alcohol or narcotic toxins out of their system, and it improves their chances of a more successful stay in our sober living home – not to mention a better long term recovery.

Of course, it is not practical, affordable or even possible to stay in a rehab center forever. That’s why sober living is the next logical step after an alcohol detox program. In fact, the National Institutes of Health conducted a study that revealed the following: Drug addicts and alcoholics who cycle directly out of inpatient treatment and into their old lives (without any sober living home to bridge the gap) face a very high chance of relapse.

The truth is, sober living homes bridge the gap between the 24/7 residential care of a rehab center and the absence of restrictions at home. The sober living home offers enough structure to help maintain a sober lifestyle, but the environment is not nearly as medically intensive as the rehab center where the person underwent alcohol detox. There is much less temptation to fall back into old habits when residing in a sober living home; you are surrounded by others who share your struggles, and because your stay is conditional, you may be more motivated to maintain sobriety.

If you or a loved one is about to enter alcohol detox or is currently in a residential rehab program, now is the time to figure out a transitional plan for after discharge. The best option is a sober living home that supports the person’s newfound sobriety; call Homes of Promise if you would like more information. 



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