Relapse rates for individuals with drug addiction and alcoholism are estimated at 40 to 60 percent. Leaving rehab or primary treatment and neglecting to participate in an appropriate aftercare program contributes heavily to this disheartening percentage. Finishing a rehab or primary treatment center is a big accomplishment. Primary treatment alone though, is not enough. Success rates for staying sober jump to 71% when long-term recovery programs are put into place, like aftercare. A structured sober living is a typer of aftercare.
Addiction specialists agree that structured sober living is the best option for teens and young adults that want the best chance at staying sober. Structured sober living is a step down from the restrictions of residential drug and alcohol treatment and an opportunity for young adults and teens to work in a peer based community at staying sober. Residents in a structured sober living are taught life skills, learn healthy lifestyle tools and learn to rely on themselves and a community to stay sober. There are typically house meetings that get to the root of underlying issues leading to addiction, and systems of chores and accountability in place. For a young person in recovery, these are key factors for recovery success.
Los Angeles is a prime location for young adults and teens getting sober because of the massive recovery community that is in place. LA is world renowned for its young people’s Alcoholics Anonymous, allowing individuals finding their way into recovery to plant roots and develop a healthy and fun support network. A typical day in a structured sober living in Los Angeles would include a morning meditation meeting, eating a communal breakfast, doing household chores, and a variety of house meetings designed to foster community and help residents look at the underlying issues contributing to their addiction. The community aspect is key to success in recovery.
Getting sober around people in the same age range is crucial. 2.8 million American teenagers drink or use drugs during the school day, a fact underscoring the power of peer pressure. This phenomenon can be used to an advantage though, when it comes to getting sober. By leveraging the influence that teens and young adults have on each other, an age-specific sober living is able to build a healthy community that focuses on accountability and a healthy lifestyle.
Spending enough time to adequately address the issues leading to drug abuse and addiction as well as developing a strong enough support system takes time. Individuals that leave primary treatment and go straight back to their old environments relapse much more frequently than individuals following a long term treatment plan. A good sober living for teens and young adults will be 12 to 16 months in length. Anything less and the chances of relapse increase.
If your child needs a support group, call (888) 357-7577 to talk to one of our addiction specialists.