Destructive living situations can derail recovery for even highly motivated individuals. Without a stable, alcohol and drug free environment, chances are slim that an addict/alcoholic can stay sober. A critically important aspect of one’s social network is their surroundings. Recognition of this importance led to a proliferation of inpatient and residential treatment programs. Sober living houses provide the support and structure needed to achieve and maintain sobriety. Many of these houses emphasize 12-step group attendance and peer support. Involvement in 12-step meetings and the characteristics of peer support are strong predictors of outcome.
It is heart warming to see residents from recovery houses in 12 step meetings. More and more, I witness young people saved from living on the streets, where they may not survive long enough to get help. This only reaffirms the idea of communal living for the fledgling newcomer. Studies have shown that clients who had social networks and a sober living situation had exponentially higher rates of recovery. A wise man, who is sober for decades, gave a great analogy about the importance of group support in staying sober. Think of sober living like pitching a tent; everyone has to help hold the pole up in the center of the tent, or it will collapse. It definitely takes a village. When it is safe, sane and sober, there’s no place like home.Share post