As the drug epidemic continues to spread across America, more and more addiction treatment centers and sober living homes are abounding, especially here in Los Angeles and Southern California. Before choosing a treatment option, however, it’s important to understand the difference between drug rehab and sober living. In fact, these days it is becoming much more prevalent to find upscale and highly structured sober livings (addiction recovery homes) providing treatment center type services. We refer to them as PHP (partial hospitalization) programs, and they are fast becoming a primary approach toward treating drug and alcohol addictions.
Drug rehab is the first step and primary source for recovery from drug addiction, alcoholism and dual diagnosis (a co-occurring disorder of addiction and mental health illness). A proper evaluation and diagnosis by a licensed psychiatrist specializing in addiction treatment in California will determine whether your situation would best be suited for inpatient/residential rehab or outpatient rehab. Residential rehab is when the patient lives at the treatment facility for either a short term of 30 to 90 days or long-term inpatient drug rehab extending up to 12 months. They must stay and leave behind jobs, home and relationships and focus on just their recovery.
Outpatient rehab allows the patient to remain in their own home or in a sober living home while frequenting rehab for recovery services. The staff is composed of clinical and therapeutic treatment professionals with a plethora of treatment options that should be individualized for the patient’s specific needs. Alcohol addiction recovery time will vary from person to person, as will drug addiction recovery time.
Quite often, medical detox will be the first phase of recovery when entering drug rehab. Detox can take anywhere from several hours to days at an inpatient drug rehab. The next stage in recovery is dealing with the underlying causes for the drug or alcohol addiction through various treatment modalities (clinical and holistic) such as therapy, group support, family involvement, etc. If there is also a dual diagnosis, the treatment must address the addiction and the mental health disorder separately. The next phase of recovery is aftercare or sober living which is comprised of services and structure supporting a balanced and healthy life in recovery.
What is Sober Living & Recovery Housing?
Sober living homes are transitional residences where those in recovery live together. It’s difficult to just return to your own home, neighborhood, and friends, with the reminders of your past experiences with drug and alcohol addiction. While living at a sober living home, total abstinence from any alcohol or drugs is mandatory. The best sober living homes surround you with people who understand your situation and can support you in your recovery. Sober living homes may be co-ed or gender-specific whereby men and women live separately.
When choosing a new home which is dedicated to sober living Southern California, you need to be sure it’s the right choice for you. Researching the ‘best sober living homes near me’ is the natural place to begin but don’t necessarily settle for the first one you find. Sober living homes cost a different amount depending on where you stay.
Sunset House Los Angeles is a three-story residence for men located near the 405 freeway between Brentwood and Bel-Air;
Roxbury House near Beverly Hills is a two-story comfortably furnished home for men with high ceilings, a marble staircase and multiple lounge areas;
Benicia House Los Angeles for women is in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood called Holmby Hills which is within walking distance of Century City Mall and multiple bus routes.
Each sober living residence has its own structure, rules, and expectations, all designed to help people stay sober and ensure a successful recovery. Services such as the 12-step program are common practice at sober living homes. Sober living homes are uniquely poised to provide a safe place for those in need of a secure structure to ensure a successful recovery.
Many sober living homes have relationships with outpatient treatment centers and provide travel from the residence in order to facilitate a sober routine. They allow you the opportunities to create a whole new healthier lifestyle, including work, relationships, physical fitness, and well-being. The difference between one sober living home and another is usually characterized by the location, comfort, gender, and cost. Epiphany Sober Living of Southern California prides its reputation on offering upscale and comfortable residences that are more affordable than others in their category.
To learn more about the differences between drug rehab and sober living homes and which treatment options are best for your individual needs, please contact Epiphany Sober Living at (844) 229-6636.