Partners In A Comprehensive Continuum Of Care
The verdict is in: longer periods of treatment lead to higher rates of addiction recovery. The old standalone 28-day model is no longer assumed to be an effective response to chronic substance use disorder. Ongoing clinical and experiential evidence continues to support the Continuum of Care model, or a longer more comprehensive transitional period of drug and alcohol treatment and recovery support service integration.
But the list of treatment and recovery options is nearly endless. Individuals and families find themselves faced with a variety of unique programs and services when looking for a Halfway House, Sober Living Home or Recovery House in York PA or Lancaster PA. It’s difficult to discern exactly what they should be looking for, or where to find it.
What Is A Recovery House?
A Recovery House is an organized group home for individuals recovering from alcoholism and addiction issues. Recovery Houses serve as an essential complement to a robust continuing care program – like Day Treatment (or, Partial Hospitalization), Intensive Outpatient Therapy or other structured therapeutic and counseling services – and for many in recovery, they provide vital support in establishing a foundation for long-term sobriety and wellness.
Sober Living homes are an important part of the “second phase” of the continuum of care. Individuals often complete the first phase of treatment in a traditional 28-day institutional rehabilitation center, which includes a period of detoxification and (usually) 2 to 3 weeks of stabilization and structured therapeutic support and education. This is “rehab” as we used to understand it… but it’s really only the beginning.
Once inpatient rehab is completed, best-practice suggests individuals have a much higher probability of maintaining long-term sobriety if they participate in a continuum, or “step-down” through a series of less and less restrictive levels of care, often for 3 to 6 or even 9+ months beyond the 28-day “bubble”.
That’s where recovery houses come in.
Recovery Houses Focus On Community & Life Skills
The recommended continuum of care spans 5 standard levels of treatment:
- Alcohol & Drug Detoxification & Medical Stabilization
- Inpatient Rehabilitation
- Partial Hospitalization
- Intensive Outpatient Therapy
- Traditional Outpatient Therapy
In the latter three phases of care, individuals aren’t housed on-site at their treatment facility once the “treatment day” has ended. Alternatively, they are often given the option to return home, or else admit to a sober living or transitional housing program while in treatment… usually a recovery house.
Residents in recovery houses receive guidance, structure and support in learning how to live sober. They get life experience (obtaining and maintaining employment, engaging in recovery support programs, etc.), and are held accountable to standards and guidelines (drug testing, curfews, communication, chores, community responsibilities, recovery support meetings, etc.).
In a way, sober living maintains an environment where individuals can learn the things they can’t learn in treatment alone; the lessons that can only be learned in the living, and which often pose a high risk for relapse if they’re tackled alone and unaided.