Every person is unique, and each individual’s substance abuse and/ or addiction recovery journey is distinct. Addiction, also known in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as substance use disorder is a relapsing brain disorder. It is characterized by compulsively engaging in rewarding stimuli (e.g. abusing drugs) without regard for consequence. An individual that struggles with addiction will prioritize satisfying her drug cravings above all else. This can wreck havoc in all areas of her life that may not only lead to a plethora of physical complications, but can also negatively affect her relationships, finances, employment, and more. Although the recovery process from substance abuse and/ or addiction is not entirely linear, the process is usually comprised of completing detox, attending a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program, and aftercare. Detox is essential, as it is the process that rids one’s body of all foreign substances. There are different types of substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment programs (e.g. inpatient treatment programs, outpatient treatment programs, etc.) available for those in need. The specifics of an individual’s aftercare plan will vary from person to person, as it will depend entirely on the individual’s needs.
What Is Sober Living?
One component of an aftercare plan can include an individual transitioning to a sober living facility. Sober living facilities are group homes that offer transitional residence to individuals who have completed a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program. Sober living homes provide its residents with a somewhat structured, substance-free environment that enables individuals to continue practicing and implementing the information learned during a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program with other sober individuals. Sober living facilities are typically privately owned and run. Each sober living facility will offer different amenities, have its own set of house rules and associated consequences when rules are not followed, have distinct expectations for its residents, and will vary in cost.
How Do I Find A Female-Only Sober Living?
Many substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment programs are either directly associated with or will be able to provide professional recommendations regarding which sober living facility would best suit one’s needs, especially when searching for a female only sober living facility. There are a plethora of sober living facilities available, which can make the selection process feel overwhelming, but narrowing down one’s options can help to alleviate some of the burden. There are certain sober living facilities that specifically cater to different subsets of society (e.g. individuals with a dual diagnosis, individuals that identify as members of the LGBTQ community, etc.). Further, some sober living facilities offer co-ed accommodations, while others do not. In order for individuals to successfully continue on their path of recovery, they must feel comfortable in their living environment, which is why distinguishing one’s needs as they relate to a sober living facility, prior to making any commitment, is imperative. Much like participating in a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program that best suits one’s nuanced needs is essential, it is of equal importance to select a sober living facility that is able to accommodate one’s needs.
For Information and Support
If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.