Within the last decade, we have heard the words, “sober living program” more often than ever. But what exactly is a sober living program? And how does it affect the recovery process of those with addictions?
The National Institute of Health conducted studies that show that recovery patients who go directly from rehabilitation programs back to their original home environments face a great deal of very difficult challenges and modes of temptation. Often these familiar and sometimes stressful environments decrease the patient’s chances of success.
This is where sober living programs and housing opportunities come in; these programs help to bridge the gap between in-patient recovery and living at home. Sober living programs ease the recovery patient back into the everyday life they have had to leave behind in order to get sober.
In-patient recovery programs can be lengthy, which for many patients becomes an expensive burden. Studies have shown that longer stays in in-patient recovery programs, do not help or increase the chances of a full recovery from addiction, so longer stays in rehab clinics and hospitals is not recommended. A sober living program is much better equipped to help patients learn to cope with the normal stresses of everyday life.
One of the main advantages of sober living programs for recovery patients is their ability to assist with providing the basic skills required to achieve long-term sobriety outside of a hospital or clinic facility.
Patients who have the opportunity to take advantage of sober living programs and housing opportunities increase their chances of being able to cope with the maintenance of their sobriety, while taking on many of the responsibilities they had to leave behind during their healing process.
Alcoholism is an epidemic. More and more rehabs crop up each year, and the number of people going through detox is staggering. There are some important medical facts to be aware of when you stop drinking, even if you have only been drinking for days or weeks.
Alcohol detox is serious, and you should always seek medical advice. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can start very quickly after your last drink and can include anxiety, shakiness in mild cases, but can be as severe as seizures and delirium tremens (Fever, Confusion, and Rapid Heartbeat). There is a 1%-5% chance of death from the DT’s.
The symptoms of alcohol detox can progress from mild to severe very rapidly, and medical treatment is always necessary. Early attention from a doctor can greatly reduce your chances of developing seizures or the DT’s. If you deal with other medical issues like heart disease, seizures, or lung disease, seek medical help immediately.
It is best not to go through alcohol withdrawal on your own. You never know how severe your symptoms will get. Rehab is always recommended. There you will be monitored consistently, and receive medical intervention as soon as you need it.
If you are not in rehab, make sure you have a friend or family member with you, and consider severe symptoms such as, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations, confusion and seizures medical emergencies. Call 911 immediately or go to the closest emergency room.
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome should be taken very seriously. Be alert to your symptoms, and above all, be honest with yourself about what is happening to you. Seek medical help as soon as possible. You should not go through detox by yourself. The support of friends and family is almost as necessary as medical treatment.