Article provided by: Fairview Supportive Living
Leaving rehab and reentering the world is challenging. If you are ready to leave rehab, but not prepared to live on your own, let Fairview Supportive Living help. We offer a supportive living program for people in that stage of their recovery.
What is a supportive program?
A supportive program is identical to a sober living house. Regardless of the name, the facilities serve a need in a patient’s recovery. For patients that need more time before rejoining the outside world, but who no longer need inpatient rehab, this facility is the perfect place. Programs like supportive living serve as a bridge for those individuals.
These homes consist of other people at multiple stages in their recovery. Some homes employ staff that lives in the facility, and others have staff on call. Some use cooks and maids to keep the facility tidy, and others require the residents to do chores. It all depends on the setup of that program.
Activities in a supportive living home
Any activity in a supportive living program will support the common goal of sobriety. Residents can participate in group therapy with their fellow residents, or see therapists outside of the facility. More often than not, residents attend local 12-step meetings for NA or AA. They can attend alone or with other members of their house.
Members receive encouragement from participating in physical activities that help them stay in shape and stay sober. Some supportive living programs offer their residents gym memberships or a pass to a local YMCA. Residents also can seek other outlets such as volunteer groups or groups for crafting and things of that nature.
Success rates of sober living homes
Sober living homes are not new. But until recently, they were not popular options either. As these treatment homes rise in popularity, more research will occur on their success rates. Currently, very few definitive studies exist on the success rate of sober living facilities.
The few studies that scientists conducted show great promise for these homes. The first study on success rates occurred in 2015. Patients in the homes participating in the study showed better retention rates in their program than patients in other treatment programs. Patients in sober living facilities also stayed clean for longer after leaving versus those in other rehab facilities. They also spent less time in jail for crimes related to their drug use that those who did not use a sober living facility. There need to be additional studies, but these results show a fantastic promise.
How long do you stay in a sober living home?
How long one stays in a sober living home varies. A patient and their therapist make that decision together. Studies show patients staying anywhere from 166 days (5 1/2 months) to 254 days (7-8 months). There is no minimum period for your stay, nor is there a set time for one to leave. You know when the time is right.
Make sure your sobriety is stable before you rejoin the world. Contact Fairview Supportive Living today and learn more about our supportive living program.