Addiction is a chronic, incurable condition that causes intense cravings, even after you successfully detox from your substance of choice. During recovery at drug treatment programs at Memphis Recovery Center, the risk of relapsing is high, making proper support, like a sober community, especially important.
Addiction doesn’t discriminate. Anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, age or race, can develop a substance abuse disorder. In fact, more than 10% of Americans meet the criteria for a substance abuse disorder each year. Addiction also carries significant risks, as overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Substance abuse disorders can also damage your physical and mental health, relationships, finances, and career.
What is a Relapse?
Nearly half of all people in recovery experience at least one relapse. But what is a relapse? A relapse occurs when, following a period of sobriety and abstinence, you begin abusing drugs and alcohol again. Relapse is more significant than using one time during recovery. Relapsing means that you meet the criteria for a substance abuse disorder.
A relapse can involve either your previous substance of choice or a new substance. Relapsing can lead to a more severe addiction or an addiction to a more dangerous drug. Overdosing is a serious risk associated with relapsing. Once your tolerance declines following a period of abstinence, you are more likely to experience an overdose.
Relapsing is also common because you can continue to deal with intense cravings, triggers and post-acute withdrawal symptoms during early recovery. Major life changes, such as moving or the death of a loved one, can increase negative emotions, like stress, and increase your chances of relapsing.
Drug treatment programs at Memphis Recovery Center offers can help connect you with transitional housing and sober community options following treatment.
What is a Sober Community?
A sober community at MRC offers to provide recovery-oriented living options. It limits your exposure to triggers and cravings and provides you with regular access to a strong support network. A sober community doesn’t allow drugs or alcohol.
Following treatment, housing and living options are an important consideration. Living in certain environments, such as with friends or family members that use drugs or alcohol, can threaten your recovery. A sober community not only provides transitional housing but also regular access to peer-led support groups, like AA, NA and SMART Recovery.
Living with other people in recovery also provides you with a way to socialize and meet new friends who are active in the recovery community.
A sober community can also offer:
- On-site recreational activities
- Accountability, like random drug testing
- Support staff, like therapists
- Increased structure
- Organized activities
Reaching Out for Help Today
When you or a loved one is recovering from a substance abuse disorder, a sober community can help you develop a strong, recovery-focused support network. Call us today at 866.304.8254 to find out more about our programs and your treatment options.