Transitioning from heavy alcohol abuse to sober living can be both difficult and rewarding. It’s often necessary for families and loved ones to begin a so-calle…
Transitioning from heavy alcohol abuse to sober living can be both difficult and rewarding. It’s often necessary for families and loved ones to begin a so-called sober living program, in order for a person to overcome the physical, psychological, and social effects of addiction. This type of program can also help those who are abusing alcohol maintain sobriety, as well. However, not every sober living program is created equal. It’s important to select a halfway house or rehab following care that takes especial care of making sobriety permanent.
The transitional sober living program I attended required several months of outpatient services, along with a week of residential intake in an assisted living facility. My transition also required professional assistance, such as a certified clinical social worker, licensed therapist, and registered nurse, among other specialists. The services provided at the transitional facility were very eclectic; there was no discernible pattern of care, and many of the residents had never met, let alone been treated by, their assigned clinicians. Despite this, the attending clinicians and doctors remained enthusiastic and optimistic about the prospects for recovery, despite the many challenges they faced. (The clinicians and therapists I later worked with are now successful in full-time practice and continue to provide care in various capacities for clients involved in the Transitional Living Program.)
A successful halfway house or rehab program should have several elements in place to ensure success, which includes support from the main intake agency, and specialists such as a licensed clinical social worker, and a licensed therapist or psychologist, a licensed addictionologist, and a social worker with expertise in addiction recovery. The support from the intake agencies is critical because they provide coordinated, on-going care for clients during their recovery, including therapy and counseling. The specialists mentioned above will also work with the individuals, families, and families of recovering addicts to ensure that they remain educated about alcohol and drug addiction, and able to understand the dynamics of addiction recovery. Finally, the third element is the prevention of relapse.