What Kind of Housing Should I Choose in Recovery?

Although addiction is still unfortunately stigmatized in some communities, perceptions are evolving and knowledge about the benefits of treatment is increasing. As of last year drug treatment admissions had increased 18% (Addiction Today, “Aftercare: A Fundamental Tenet in Attaining Long-Term Recovery,” January 2013), and this number has only gone up since then. As more people graduate from addiction treatment programs and begin lives of recovery, more transitional housing, treatment and therapy programs are becoming available. An increase in options calls for an increase in understanding why and which aftercare programs are best.

Why Is Aftercare Important for Recovery?

Rehab prepares patients to handle life sober and puts structures in place for healthy coping and communication skills, but learning skills and putting them into place are two different actions. Aftercare ensures patients have the support they need to achieve a drug-free life and have access to resources such as therapists and fellow recovering individuals that can help them process emotions or respond to unexpected or unpracticed situations. Aftercare and transitional housing options offer opportunities for new, healthy relationships and activities.

What Aftercare Option Is Best for Me?

Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) emphasizes that care and housing options following rehab, “must be culturally appropriate, build on individual, family, and community strengths, and have as their primary and explicit aim promotion of the person/family’s resilience, recovery, and inclusion in community life” (“Aftercare and Discharge Planning”). Individuals with inclusive, supportive families can benefit from returning home after treatment. Those with potentially triggering home lives may prefer to attend transitional living homes to strengthen their recovery and coping skills. No post-rehab option involves being done with or ignoring recovery efforts. Even those returning to supportive homes or returning home after transitional living need to find immediate aftercare, if their rehab program has not arranged this for them. The DBHIDS recommends, “that the first aftercare session should be within 48 hours of a patient returning home.” This should be a session with a professional, experienced therapist with further connections to the local recovery community. These professionals help patients identify, avoid or work through potentially triggering situations and can connect recovering individuals to housing options or support group meetings.

Finding and Keeping Recovery

Recovery is an ongoing opportunity for learning and growing. Discover how you can begin or support an addiction-free life by talking with an admissions coordinator today. All calls and phone services are free, and our professionals will help you find the resources that best suit your individual or family recovery needs.