Addiction has reached epidemic levels in this country. It affects more than 23 million people in the United States. Addiction certainly doesn’t discriminate; it affects people from all walks of life. It is a lifelong, complex, relapsing brain disease that typically coexists with mental health disorders and is often left untreated.
Treatment for Addiction Includes Sober Living
Most people with substance abuse disorders and addiction issues never receive any form of treatment.
A study based on the NIAAA’s National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions showed some alarming results on treatment from addiction:
Based on the results of the study, the majority of people with drug use disorder never receive any form of treatment. About 14 percent of people who had drug use disorder in the past year and about 25 percent of people who had ever had drug use disorder received care. Even among people with moderate-to-severe drug use disorder, less than 20 percent of those with past-year drug use disorder and less than one-third of those with lifetime drug use disorder received treatment. Treatment rates for alcohol use disorder are similarly low. Earlier this year, Dr. Grant’s group found that nearly one-third of adults in the United States have alcohol use disorder at some time in their lives, but only about 20 percent receive treatment. (NIH)
For an individual to successfully recover and remain sober from an addiction or alcoholism, they have to receive some sort of treatment. The type and length of treatment are always going to be individualized, and with the strong correlation between substance abuse and mental health issues, dual diagnosis treatment is a must. Without any form of treatment, addiction and alcoholism are diseases that will eventually lead to death.
Recovering from Substance Abuse
Recovery can have a different meaning for each person, but the general meaning of recovery is to return to a normal state of mind, health, or strength. It is the act of regaining control of something that was lost. Addiction is chaotic. It takes any sense of normality out of a person’s life. It affects every aspect of an individual’s life and causes them to lose all control. Recovery starts the moment a person admits they have a problem, decides they no longer want to live a life of addiction or alcoholism, and decides to seek professional help by getting treatment.
Some people may decide they need an inpatient treatment program with supervised medical detox, but some may decide partial hospitalization, outpatient, or intensive outpatient treatment is a better option for them. Whichever option they decide is best based on their circumstances, it is possible to get clean, recover, and obtain a long-lasting recovery from only completing a treatment program. It’s possible, but it is very hard.
Addiction affects the brain in such a serious manner that it is often characterized by repeated relapses. This disease we call addiction requires lifelong treatment. The more treatment, support, and educated one gets about the disease, the better.
Continuing Recovery in a Sober Home
Studies have shown and proven that going to a sober home after completing a treatment program greatly increases the chances of an individual achieving long-term recovery. A person’s living environment and support system have a huge impact on their ability to obtain a better recovery outcome.
Sober homes provide a safe, drug-free living environment with great peer support. They are structured, provide accountability, and help the transition back into the real world to be so much easier. There are so many benefits of moving into a sober home after treatment.
So can you get clean without living in a sober home? Well, it is possible, but choosing sober living via a sober home helps a person in early recovery to become more stable and strong in their recovery before attempting life again as a newly sober individual.
Sober Homes for Addiction And Alcoholism
If you or someone you love is looking for a premier, but comfortable sober home, we would love to have you here at New You Sober Living. New You Sober Living provides guided care in a beautiful tropical setting. Located in South Florida, the atmosphere is perfect to help you regain your strength and obtain long-lasting sobriety. Our team of specialists is available around the clock to assist you.