The Pros and Cons of Being at Home in Recovery
Anyone who has dealt with addiction knows that actions and habits have consequences. The good news is that good habits and actions reap good consequences, which means that addiction is treatable. Ergo, while many recovering addicts fall short of their goals, the following principles assist the recovery process:
- Set specific goals
- Arrive committed
- Remain realistic
- Put priority on your goals
- Settle for small steps
- Picture the positive1
The lingering question for addicts is how to find the help that leads to success. To answer this question, consider whether you need treatment while living at home or an inpatient facility.
Inpatient Treatment Facilities Are Safe Places to Learn
The likelihood of recovery increases when someone has a strong support network, which is lacking in many addicts’ homes. On the other hand, a facility that houses people who all seek recovery can benefit the healing process of everyone involved. A bond often forms among recovering addicts as they discuss their personal experiences of the past and the progress they are currently making. Not only is this connection a great way to make life-long friends, but it also helps the entire recovery process—when someone leaves treatment, she can continue associating with this group to stay clean for the long haul.
Inpatient treatment facilities also create atmospheres of safety. It will be extremely difficult to find drugs in these facilities, as most activity is closely monitored. In other words, the drug-free environment of rehab is an excellent place to detox from drugs and to stay clean for treatment. On top of that benefit, many facilities offer medically supervised detox that eases withdrawal symptoms. The goal of treatment is to get through the early stages of recovery while practicing self-discipline in a safe place, which inpatient treatment offers freely.
Another advantage of inpatient care is the convenient location. Having staff on hand at any hour of the day or night has helped many people. Others in such care are more likely to attend all of their scheduled meetings and doctor’s visits because these appointments are mostly held on-site. Getting around to different offices and locations will never be an issue, which establishes momentum for treatment process and prevents it from becoming unimportant2.
Outpatient Recovery Requires Personal Responsibility
Some patients believe that inpatient care is simply unrealistic for their circumstances, but many outpatient treatment options allow patients to go home at night. This aspect involves more personal responsibility for each patient, so recovering addicts must take specific steps to thrive within this treatment method. For instance, good scheduling is important for outpatient care to succeed. Many addicts show neglect their appointments, and others have trouble finding doctors’ offices or showing up on time. These problems may leave so little time for treatment that the medical professional has little power to cultivate any improvement. As a result, if you choose outpatient care, then keep your appointments and arrive on time.
Another factor of outpatient care is that recovering addicts may have to change their lifestyles and social circles to avoid drugs. This task may require you to avoid some friends or doctors, take different streets to work, quit a job or shun certain entertainment venues. Whatever decisions you must make, they will all be personal, as no one will keep you from going back on these decisions—doctors will not follow you nor check your pockets for evidence that you went somewhere you should have avoided, so you must carry these decisions out on your own. Furthermore, patients who seek outpatient care will have access to doctors who may be uninvolved in addiction treatment, so you must establish the pattern of disclosing your addiction history to each doctor you visit. This habit will prevent you from receiving prescriptions that could undermine your sobriety.
Outpatient recovery will leave patients with more to handle, but this responsibility can help patients who are strong and healthy after detox and initial treatment end. If you learn to balance responsibilities with treatment, then you will develop resilience against relapse.
In-Home Recovery—the Less Considered Option
As drug abuse often results from misguided efforts to address stress, recovering addicts must develop the emotional stamina to face life without using drugs. What better way to accomplish this feat than by receiving treatment at home? In-home support is sometimes an option after inpatient care through phone coaching, teleconferencing or traveling recovery coaches. In this way, attending appointments are generally easy if doctors come to your door, as there is no risk of getting lost on the way and the treatment professional may better understand your background when she sees your living environment. These workers may even suggest ways to make your home more conducive to sobriety.
With this option, the whole family can participate in certain treatment options, which may establish stronger family ties, repair relationships, create drug-free environments and foster loving support. Many people prefer in-home care because they think they learn better in their environments rather than among groups. Other people feel too shy to leave their homes and to associate with strangers: they may want to get free of addiction, so in-home care is an excellent option in these cases3. Lastly, the cost of in-home care allures many people, as a 365 day program at home is close to the price of 28 days in inpatient care4.
Each addict has unique needs and circumstances, so choose treatment to fit your needs. Call our toll-free 24 hour helpline for the information you need to get and stay clean. Let our admissions coordinators get you started, because our staff are available right now.
1 Sorgen, C. How to Reach your Goals” Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD. http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/how-to-reach-goals Retrieved online 1/19/16.
2 National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Types of Treatment Programs.” http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states/types-treatment-programs Retrieved online: 1/20/16.
3 Gang, E. Connecticut Magazine. http://www.connecticutmag.com/Blog/Health-Wellness/January-2015/Innovative-Connecticut-Addiction-Recovery-Program-Has-High-Success-Rate/ “Innovative Connecticut Addiction Recovery Program Has High Success Rate.” Published 1/2/15. Retrieved online 1/20/16.
4 Nalepa, N. WFSB Eyewitness News. http://www.wfsb.com/story/27860046/new-program-in-connecticut-helps-treat-addiction “New Program in Connecticut Helps Treat Addiction.” Updated 2/12/15. Retrieved online 1/20/16.