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The recovery process from alcohol addiction begins at Oak Tree Recovery Homes, an Asheville, North Carolina-based structured living environment. The aim of our services and affiliations is to help men in early recovery from alcohol addiction reintegrate into society and obtain the skills and knowledge they need to do so.
In order to successfully overcome an alcohol addiction, we require all residents at Oak Tree Recovery Homes to take part in a 12-Step Program. Individuals who are undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction must complete 12-Step meetings, seek gainful sponsorship, complete the 12 steps, and participate in house meetings on a daily basis.
Every day, guests at Oak Tree learn how to live again. This structured environment will give them the foundation for a sober lifestyle and help them restore their rightful place in society. Continue reading to learn more about our sober living program.
How Can Sober Living Help with Alcohol Addiction?
Sobriety is particularly vulnerable during the first 90 days of recovery when it is new and fragile. Sobriety can be bolstered by aftercare services such as sober living homes, which significantly reduce the risk of relapse.
Why is relapse particularly dangerous during the first year of sobriety? It is because alcohol cravings are the greatest at that point. Cues in a person’s environment that urge them to consume alcohol are more likely to lead to relapse when they live in a space that exposes them to old addiction triggers and cravings. In other words, home environments have a significant impact on whether a person responds to these triggers or cravings in a healthy or unhealthy fashion.
Many people do better in a structured sober environment that reduces the triggers and temptations associated with alcohol. A sober living community is an excellent setting for people coming out of rehab to practice and put to use the new life skills and tools they have acquired during treatment. It is a critical part of their recovery to be able to make healthy decisions and respond appropriately to cravings.
Sobriety and structured support are emphasized in sober living residences, which provide post-rehab patients with a handrail and support if desired. A sober living environment allows residents to learn sober skills and use them in real-world situations in addition to receiving the motivation, support, and skill development that are necessary for long-term recovery.
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What is the Difference Between a Sober Living Home and a Rehab Center?
The fundamental purpose of a rehabilitation facility is to assist addicts in recovering from substance abuse. A rehab or treatment center might employ a conventional medicine and assistance approach or a more spiritual approach, or a combination of both to assist addicts in recovery. Patients with substance abuse problems frequently undergo rehab treatment at in-house, residence-style facilities known as inpatient rehabilitation or “short-term residential treatment programs.” Rehabilitation and treatment centers are typically managed by medical, mental health, and/or spiritual professionals who develop a detox and recovery program that includes nursing/medical and psychiatric care, nutrition and wellness services, recreational activities, and more.
A sober home is a temptation-free, alcohol-free, sober living environment that aids in maintaining sobriety after a rehab or detox program by providing a supportive, drug-free environment with other sober individuals. An important barrier to long-term abstinence and a sober lifestyle is the absence of an alcohol-free living environment. A sober house or sober residence provides a drug-free, safe, and healthy living environment to help maintain sobriety and avoid future health problems. Residents of sober living environments are expected to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs according to the principles of 12-step programs and other sobriety strategies.
What is the Best Treatment for Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addiction is a serious medical condition that may result in permanent organ damage. Fortunately, receiving treatment early on can prevent some of the long-term health issues associated with alcohol dependency. The following treatments address alcoholism:
Step 1 – Detox
It is best to quit using alcohol or any other substance in order to conquer addiction. When someone detoxes from alcohol, they abstain from consuming in order to let their body adjust to functioning without it. Withdrawal from alcohol can be painful, distressing, and dangerous since it requires a person to experience the full withdrawal spectrum.
It is important to detox from alcohol with the assistance of a medical professional at a detox facility, as some symptoms are dangerous. Individuals who detoxify from alcohol with assistance are more likely to accomplish it safely and successfully. Although detoxing may not be pleasant, it is an essential first step in the recovery process for those who want to recover from alcohol addiction. After detox has ended, an individual in recovery may begin therapy in a rehabilitation program.
Step 2 – Rehab
Patients are advised to continue their treatment at a rehab center after detoxification. There are two types of treatment programs: inpatient and outpatient treatment. Drug-free residential rehabilitation centers that provide around-the-clock medical care and emotional support are referred to as inpatient rehabilitation centers. Patients are encouraged to participate in any on-site activities and therapies provided as part of their recovery. These programs take place in a drug-free environment, allowing patients to focus solely on their recovery and sobriety goals.
An outpatient rehab program allows clients to remain at home while they undergo addiction treatment. Clients in outpatient rehabs may attend alcohol education classes, therapy sessions, and support group meetings at the local rehab center several times a week while learning how to live alcohol-free. Someone with a mild substance abuse issue may opt for an outpatient program while an individual with a severe alcohol habit is encouraged to enroll in an inpatient program. Even after addiction is treated, environmental triggers may still be risky, so the next step to consider is entering a sober living environment.
Step 3 – Sober Living
During rehab, you learn relapse prevention strategies, but after you have completed inpatient or outpatient treatment, you must put them into action. Individuals in recovery live substance-free in sober living facilities. After rehab, sober living programs help individuals to sustain their sobriety by assisting them to make a successful transition to sobriety and maintain it. While you may maintain your recovery without joining a sober living facility, you’ll benefit enormously from learning and developing life skills, growing as an individual, setting up a substance-free peer support network, and living substance-free, all of which are critical for long-term sobriety.
What to Expect at a Sober Living Home for Alcohol Addiction
Residents will attend a 9 a.m. morning recovery meeting on a traditional weekday. During this time, residents will check in with the house and discuss their plans for the day and any issues they might be facing with respect to personal growth and recovery. Residents attend school or work following the morning meeting. During the first 45 days, those who are not employed or in school attend NA or AA 12-step meetings, go to the gym, socialize, or participate in outdoor activities such as hiking.
Additionally, the house holds two house meetings every Thursday and Sunday to discuss house issues. There are also two 12-step meetings every week on the property; one open discussion bonfire meeting and one speaker meeting. The staff facilitates nine meetings every week. Individuals can disclose where they are in their recovery in a safe, less intimidating environment in these small groups.
Due to the beautiful location of our sober living homes in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, residents frequently go hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, or camping. Rainy days often include trips to the movie theater, indoor gym, or bowling alley.
When Should You Move into a Sober Living Home?
If you are unsure about maintaining your sobriety after a stay at an inpatient facility, you should move to a sober living environment. Sobriety living environments are beneficial to numerous individuals in recovery. Individuals staying at sober living facilities typically remain for at least 90 days, but longer stays are frequently organized.
How Long Should You Stay in a Sober Living Home?
Professionals at Oak Tree suggest a minimum stay of six months Individuals in sober living establishments had lower rates of alcohol and drug-related problems, higher employment rates, and more stable housing situations, resulting in lower arrest rates. They may remain as long as they adhere to the house policies in substance abuse treatment. A continuum of treatment might be utilized in substance abuse treatment programs to move clients through recovery phases. A sober living house is frequently the last stage before returning to daily life. Long-term recovery may be enhanced by remaining in residence for a longer period.
Oak Tree Sober Living is Here to Help
The objective of Oak Tree Recovery Homes in Asheville North Carolina is to assist men of all ages in acquiring the skills necessary for long-term recovery following in-patient treatment. Every day recovery support is given to residents during their stay, as well as a safe, loving environment. Our residents are encouraged to pursue a sober living lifestyle based on the 12-step approach in order to overcome the barriers that hinder them from pursuing a life of freedom and choice.
If you want to know more about sober living at Oak Tree, contact one of our specialists today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you in achieving lifelong recovery.