The Importance of Recovery Housing

Most every addiction recovery specialist will list inadequate aftercare and lack of transitional living arrangements as the leading factors of relapse. The National Institute of Health recently published an extensive study regarding Recovery Residences opening with, “Lack of a stable, alcohol and drug free living environment can be a serious obstacle to sustained recovery. Destructive living environments can derail recovery for even highly motivated individuals.” The study concluded saying, “Many individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs do not have access to appropriate housing that supports sustained recovery. The study shows positive longitudinal outcomes for (all) individuals living in Sober Homes, which suggests they might be an effective option for those in need of alcohol and drug-free housing. Improvements were noted in alcohol and drug use, arrests, psychiatric symptoms and employment.”

Researcher and Journalist Johann Hari, having studied numerous modern and historical treatment cases for over half a decade, concludes that “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that “clients who had social networks with a higher number of abstainers and recovering alcoholics had better outcome three years after treatment completion.”

John Bowden