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Addiction Recovery Using Sober Living vs. A Treatment Center

Some addicts get sober by way of a sober living home (halfway house, recovery housing) and some need a drug rehab center. Which is the right choice?

Addiction recovery in sober living vs. a drug treatment center
Getting sober from drugs and alcohol is a unique experience for each individual. Some people can literally put it down and go about their lives as if it was never really a problem, though this is quite uncommon for the real drug addict (alcohol is a drug too). People in this category are generally considered to be drug “abusers” rather than actual “addicts,” and though they still have the power of choice, it usually takes a varying amount of negative consequences, ultimatums, threats, feelings of impending doom, etc. for them to finally stop.

With the true addict, there often times needs to be an additional force on their side in order to create physical seperation. This is where a sober living home (aka. recovery residence or halfway house) or an addiction treatment environment comes into play. There are various potential hurdles commonly experienced in early sobriety, the first of which being the decision to get sober and subsequent follow through.

For many addicts & alcoholics, that initial separation during the first 30, 60 90 days or so is simply impossible to persevere through without some additional outside assistance. This is especially common with drugs like crack-cocaine which have a very powerful grab and euphoric recall. People in this category will undoubtedly improve their chances for success in recovery if choosing to enter an addiction treatment program, or at least a structured or semi-structured sober living residence. Both options provide for more personal accountability and oversight, though the rehab option is definitely more comprehensive in this regard.

Here are some of the common recovery approaches for those who cannot simply stop using drugs or alcohol on their own:

  • Structured or semi-structured sober living/recovery home
  • Sober living residence + outpatient treatment (sometimes referred as PHP treatment)
  • Short-term drug rehab program (30 days or less)
  • Long-term treatment program (60 days to 18 months)

 

Going the route of an addiction treatment center is almost always going to provide a far more comprehensive approach, in terms of clinical services. These include such things as; group & private therapy, other therapy types (i.e., CBT, DBT, EMDR, equine, etc.), psychiatric & medication management), and more.

As compared to a halfway house or sober living residence, a facility that provides residential or inpatient treatment will offer much more structure as well as 24/7 oversight. This is important because, those whose drug addiction has taken over will often times feel overcome by the urge to use, especially during early recovery.  While oversight can be a big plus in helping these individuals get through these periods, even the most highly structured recovery residences cannot provide the same level of oversight as that of inpatient treatment.

Whether you go the route of a halfway house or sober living home, or some variation of addiction treatment, your success is ultimately in your own hands. The more willing a person is to change, the more likely they are to achieve success. More information on sober living housing as well as treatment & support services is available for further review on this site.

For more information on Herbert House Sober Living Residences, or if you would like to submit an article of your own to our recovery blog please feel free to call or email us 7 days a week at: (310) 737-7566 | info@herberthouse.com.

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It was the early 1990’s and the need for sober living housing and addiction treatment aftercare was greater than ever before.

I cannot tell you how many times in my own early sobriety that on the way from an AA or NA meeting, all I could think about was going to get high. After all, I was doing good, I was working hard at recovery and at rebuilding my life. My mind would try to convince me that I deserved it, I earned it, and not only that but this time I was going to find a way to manage it so that I can do drugs and simultaneously lead an honest, wholesome life. It made perfect sense in my newly sober mind… Oh how nice it would have been to have the support and structure of a sober living home environment.

The residential type aftercare concept began here in Southern California. The terminology on the west coast was primarily “sober living home,” though it broadened over time into descriptors like “recovery homes/housing,” and “halfway or 3/4 houses,” seen more so in other parts of the country. Regardless of the term used however, there was a profound need for some type of transitional residence that would act as a step-down between treatment and living alone.

Throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s I had become plugged in with a number of drug rehabs throughout Southern California. As such, I had quite a few opportunities to speak with therapists at these facilities, all of whom were in agreement that some type of transitional housing would be of great benefit to addicts and alcoholics new in recovery. Soon after, in 1995 to be exact, Herbert House Sober Living was born..

Initially, as we were essentially inventing the sober living model from day to day, we catered to both men and women. I knew two things for sure, that I wanted to provide a nice, clean, upscale environment, and that I wanted to effectively address the same early recovery mental obsessions that I was plagued with.

As the sober living/recovery housing industry slowly took root, I was fortunate to have been a part of the Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition. We felt it was very important that there be a certain standard by which reputable sober livings operate. This became necessary since, unfortunately, there were a number of homes throughout LA County that did not operate by the highest standards.

Herbert House has gone through a number of changes over the past 25 years, but one thing that will never change is our comittment to the client’s recovery.

For more information on Herbert House Sober Living Residences, or if you would like to submit an article of your own to our recovery blog please feel free to call or email us 7 days a week at: (310) 737-7566 | info@herberthouse.com.

Herbert House Sober Living | “Your life wants you back!”

Setting the standard in addiction recovery housing for over 25 years

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 7 DAYS A WEEK




 

Herbert House is a proud member of, and adheres to the standards set forth by, the Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition, which acts as the California Chapter of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences

Color Blind Sober Living - Licensed and Certified and Credentialed

OUR MISSION:

Herbert House Sober Living is an organization dedicated to helping guide mature men to a life of successful recovery. With over 20 years expertise as a sober living leader throughout West Los Angeles & California, we have developed a well-balanced transitional housing platform that works well & offers affordable options in an upscale environment. We are unique, and our mission is to accommodate the needs of a unique group of mature men while guiding them in building a lifelong foundation in sobriety.

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Welcome to the Herbert House Sober Living Blog

This new blog will be a forum for sharing experiences on drug addiction, recovery and stories of hope as they relate to the sober living housing process…

 

For those of you who have experience with chemical dependency, alcoholism, process addictions or even co-occurring disorders, you know how important of a role it is for sober living homes to be there when someone is ready to make the change toward life-long recovery. Whether he or she has first completed a residential treatment center or not, the presence of this type of ongoing support environment in his or her life can mean the difference between quality, long-term sobriety and a miserable ongoing existence filled with relapse and despair!

Herbert House Sober Living in Los Angeles, California has remained on the forefront of sober living recovery housing standards since its inception in 1993. Having started with one small location in a town called Mar Vista, just outside of Culver City and West LA, we are now among Southern California’s most highly regarded transitional housing options for men among therapists, treatment professionals and drug rehab centers nationwide. We are extremely proud of this amazing reputation and look forward to many more years of helping addicts & alcoholics as they enter quality sobriety as they may never had comprehended…

We dedicate this blog to all those who wish to share their experiences with the world. Whether you are a former Herbert House client or not, whether you are the addict/alcoholic or their loved one who stood by and witnessed the process of recovery take root, or whether you’re a treatment professional who has something invaluable to contribute to the community, we welcome your article submissions and comments.

For more information on Herbert House Sober Living Residences, or if you would like to submit an article of your own to our recovery blog please feel free to call or email us 7 days a week at: (310) 737-7566 | info@herberthouse.com.

Herbert House Sober Living | “Your life wants you back!”

Setting the standard in addiction recovery housing for over 25 years

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 7 DAYS A WEEK




 

Herbert House is a proud member of, and adheres to the standards set forth by, the Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition, which acts as the California Chapter of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences

Color Blind Sober Living - Licensed and Certified and Credentialed

OUR MISSION:

Herbert House Sober Living is an organization dedicated to helping guide mature men to a life of successful recovery. With over 20 years expertise as a sober living leader throughout West Los Angeles & California, we have developed a well-balanced transitional housing platform that works well & offers affordable options in an upscale environment. We are unique, and our mission is to accommodate the needs of a unique group of mature men while guiding them in building a lifelong foundation in sobriety.

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