Addiction Forum Question

Forum Question
HopetrackerA3 A Mom From FL

Why can't they come home after rehab?

I thought the whole reason they send people to rehab was to get them off of drugs and back to real life, but now my husband's counselor is telling us that he needs to go to a sober living house after he gets out. I've been talking to him on the phone every day, and he sounds like he’s back to normal. Why can't he just come home?
Sean D First off, that’s great news that your husband is doing so well! One thing that I heard my son’s therapist say that really made an impact on me and how I looked at his addiction was that addiction is a lifelong disease. That’s why it’s important to continue treatment long after rehab. And, even when that is over, your husband should continue to go to meetings to gain constant guidance and support.
Olivia K Residential treatment provides patients with the tools they will need to stay sober. However, it is just as important to have continued help in learning how to APPLY these tools. This is where sober living and Intensive Outpatient programs come in. They need continued guidance and support in learning how to deal with these issues outside of the "safe bubble" of treatment. It is similar to having all the knowledge about how to play the guitar without ever having played one. They need a structured environment in which to practice their coping skills while staying accountable for their actions.