At Sober Living, we're trying to teach men and women in recovery how to walk by the liquor store, drug dealer, or pharmacy, and give them the opportunity to face real-life situations while moving forward in recovery with the support of staff and peers.
Newport Beach, Calif. (PRWEB) December 16, 2008
Recent scientific studies have revealed what Sober Living By The Sea addiction treatment centers have known for 23 years: Long-term treatment offers the best chance of achieving lasting sobriety.
Sober Living By The Sea was one of the first drug rehab programs to focus on long-term care. "Until recently, 30 days was considered the overall standard in addiction treatment. But we have always known the importance of longer term care, offering our signature 90-day extended care program since 1986," says Bill Swiney, Executive Director of Sober Living By The Sea.
"Over the years, we've noticed that most of our clients had been to three, four, five, or even more 30-day programs without continuing on to extended care," explains Swiney. "They completed the programs successfully, but where they fell short was in the transition to mainstream living."
Statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) support Sober Living's observations. NIDA reports that the relapse rate after primary care drug rehab is between 40 to 60 percent.
During the first 30 days of treatment, clients detoxify their minds and bodies, develop relationships with their therapist, staff, and fellow residents, and learn to cope with withdrawal symptoms and the feelings that arise as their underlying issues begin to surface.
"Issues come up during treatment that require processing and closure," says Swiney. "In most cases, 30 days simply isn't long enough to be prepared for the onslaught of emotions and temptations clients face outside the protective walls of a primary care drug rehab facility."
Sometimes the most significant problems are just becoming evident after 30 days of treatment, notes Swiney. Many clients have to address not only their addiction to drugs or alcohol, but also co-occurring issues such as physical or mental health problems, eating disorders, or past trauma.
"If those issues aren't discussed and processed, when clients return to the same home environment, drug-using friends, and lifestyle after only 30 days in treatment, they are at high risk for relapse," states Swiney.
In light of recent reports confirming its long-held beliefs, Sober Living is discounting its fees for clients committed to staying in treatment for a longer period of time. Whether clients elect to participate in its 90-day extended care program, transitional work program, or college program, Sober Living is working to ensure that first-class treatment at the appropriate level of care is accessible to more people.
Thirty-day addiction treatment programs are still common, and are still an appropriate starting point for many individuals, depending on their particular needs. However, according to Swiney, staying clean and sober often requires a series of "step-down" levels of care, preferably over the course of a year.
"We believe keeping clients in some level of care in that first year of sobriety is critically important," says Swiney. "At Sober Living, we're trying to teach men and women in recovery how to walk by the liquor store, drug dealer, or pharmacy, and give them the opportunity to face real-life situations while moving forward in recovery with the support of staff and peers."
According to Swiney, an ideal long-term addiction treatment plan may include 30 days in a primary care facility, 90 days of extended care, one semester in a college program or five months in a transitional work program, followed by 90 days in an outpatient program.
"Primary care helps people get clean and sober," he says. "Extended long-term care teaches them how to live again - this time without drugs or alcohol."
With long-term treatment, individuals learn how to handle real life stressors, cope with triggers for drug or alcohol use, and build the social support network that is essential for lasting sobriety. After primary care, clients should be looking for what Swiney calls "the three S's" of sustained recovery: an environment that is safe, structured, and supportive.
"It has been great to see the industry finally accepting what we've known for the past 23 years," says Swiney. "Some of the most reputable therapists, interventionists, medical professionals, and primary care facilities across the country are realizing the importance of referring clients on to longer term care to enhance their chances for success in recovery. Now we can base our recommendations not only on our 23 years of experience but also on outcome studies confirming our observations, while offering the additional incentive of treatment at a reduced cost."
Sober Living By The Sea is one of the most successful residential substance abuse treatment programs in the United States. Recently listed by Forbes.com among the Top 10 Luxury Rehab Centers for the fourth consecutive year, Sober Living has provided premier treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, and eating disorders in beautiful Newport Beach, California, for more than 23 years.
Sober Living By The Sea is a proud member of CRC Health Group, which offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. With the largest array of personalized treatment options, individuals, families, and professionals can choose the most appropriate setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management, and therapeutic education needs. CRC Health Group is deeply committed to making its services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining a passion for delivering the most advanced treatment available.
To learn more about the Discount Pledge visit http://www.soberliving.com/long-term-treatment-25-percent-discount.php. For more information about Sober Living by the Sea, visit http://www.soberliving.com or call (866) 323-5609. For more information about CRC Health Group, visit http://www.crchealth.com or call (877) 637-6237.