After years of substance abuse and 90 days of drug and alcohol rehab, stepping back into the real world can feel overwhelming and stressful. For many people in recovery it involves landing a steady job, establishing financial security, reconnecting with your family, continuing step work, and attending meetings. Not having someone there to encourage this positive routine can be nerve wrecking.
At A Better Today Recovery Services, we completely understand. Our graduates have expressed serious concern about venturing out into the world and still maintain that routine that keeps them positive and focused for their future. That is why we feel having a solid aftercare plan before you graduate treatment is something that ABTRS encourages and prepares our patients for during their last weeks of rehab.
One of the things that ABTRS encourages the most is sober living right after treatment. Transitional living offers a safe place to live that provides structure and support from the sober community. Some sober living establishments provide a similar structure found in rehab with freedom to come, go work, and attend 12 step meetings.
Pairing sober living with an intensive outpatient program is always recommended by ABTRS, especially if active addiction has robbed you of your home, family, and career. Intensive Outpatient, or IOP, is a continuation of substance abuse treatment where you attend meetings, discuss feelings and stressors of everyday life, and continue step work. Graduates who attend IOP and reside at a sober living house have a much greater success rate and higher quality of life after treatment.