Residential Treatment provides a safe place, free from external stressors, for us to learn more about our addiction, our recovery, and ourselves. We begin developing necessary tools and coping skills that will help us manage our recovery and sobriety as we reintegrate into society when residential treatment has ended. There are several options for us to consider upon leaving treatment, and each can help us stay involved in our recovery and maintain our sobriety. Where we go and what we do after residential treatment will depend on how strong we are in our recovery. Generally, it is best to go through other programs that slowly give us more and more freedom until we are finally ready to manage our sobriety on our own. We won’t know how we will respond to increased freedom, so the best approach is to continue receiving treatment as consecutively lower levels. If we leave Residential Treatment and immediately reenter our old lives and have little or no involvement with a long-term recovery program, we are unlikely to remain sober for very long. Addiction is a disease that is to great for us to overcome based solely on self-will. No matter how much we want to stay sober, without help it will be unlikely. There are several options to choose from after Residential Treatment. We may find it best to enter into an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). IOP allows one to live at home and work or attend school while still receiving treatment. Generally, IOP programs are flexible, and allow for day or evening treatment, usually three days per week. IOP allows one to continue being engaged with individual and group therapy, and work with professionals to help develop the tools necessary to maintain sobriety. Transitional Living is another effective option. Transitional Living situations may include living in a halfway house or sober living environment, allowing one to continue to receive treatment to ensure that they have a solid foundation in recovery before living independently. For those who consistently have problems with relapse during the first few months or year of recovery, Transitional Living can be an effective way to maintain sobriety, especially if it is following IOP. We need to do everything in our power to make sure that we aren’t taking any unnecessary risks with our recovery, and this may mean continuing to receive care after Residential Treatment.
Your story doesn’t have to be one of suffering as a result of addiction and alcoholism. You can begin building a brighter future by making the courageous decision to seek help now. Oceanfront Recovery, a treatment center in the heart of beautiful Laguna Beach, offer highly effective and individually tailored IOP and Transitional Living programs to help clients take the next steps into living independently without the use of drugs or alcohol. For information about individualized treatment options, please call today: (877) 279-1777