Halfway House

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The main reason to be searching for a halfway house is to find a home while you’re transitioning in your recovery process.  For example, after an inpatient or outpatient treatment program has been completed, a halfway home maybe the next step. Indeed, the prospect of going home is alluring, but it’s not a reality for everyone. Returning to your home may not be the best course of action for various reasons. In this case, you may wish to rely on the services of a halfway house or recovery home.

Transcend provides access to sober living houses and recovery homes. The sober livings provide structured living that is more than just a halfway house. There is programming in each house, with 24-hour staff, random urinalysis, medication management, and much more.

What Is a Halfway House?

A halfway house is a place or facility that fosters sober living for people who are recovering from an addiction or trauma. Typically, such locations provide a recovery-friendly environment, which makes for a much smoother transition, to the routine of ordinary life. Not everyone chooses to be in these sober living locations, as some are court-ordered by the federal bureau of prisons to do so as they become returning citizens. 

As you’d expect, there are halfway house rules, which are specific to each location. For example, drug screening may be a requirement at some of these facilities. Most people don’t stay at a halfway house for more than several months to a year. Whatever the length of time might be, the idea is that recovering individuals should feel more confident in their sobriety once the stay comes to an end.

Halfway houses typically come with a greater sense of freedom than one would experience in an inpatient program. However, since there is more significant recovery support than there would be at home, it makes for a better alternative.

Halfway House Services by Transcend

Transcend goes beyond the offering of a typical halfway house and offers clients sober living homes. These locations provide a safe space for those who are recovering from mental health issues or addiction as they become acclimatized to post-addiction life. 

As is the case with a traditional halfway house and home confinement, these sober living homes provide a supportive environment that follows a residential program or detox. Many of Transcend’s clients who take advantage of the sober living environment are likely to also be active in an outpatient program. This premise feeds into the heightened level of support and community that is typical of Transcend’s offerings.

Life in a recovery house facility is divided between activities that are dedicated to personal development and recovery. The client’s experiences will depend largely upon the applicable recovery plan.

Even in cases where clients are enrolled in such programs, they are welcome to take part in the sober living home’s activities. To maintain the established standard, Transcend’s clients will be randomly drug tested once they are part of a sober living facility. 

Proper recovery involves fostering mental health, while also providing an avenue of accountability. The process also necessitates a gradual reintegration into society for returning citizens, as there is enough freedom to explore various attractions nearby the sober living.

Halfway House Services Specifically for Men and Women at Transcend

Both men and women have a unique set of needs where recovery is concerned. These requirements create a context in which gender-specific sober living facilities become a necessity. 

It’s not uncommon to find a halfway house solely for women. Transcend understands that women require compassion, love, thoughtfulness, balance, strength, and independence. 

The environment created at each female sober living location contributes to a sense of community and sisterhood. Female program directors are at the head of each home, and never allow any woman to feel lost in the shuffle. Each female client is treated as an individual with complex thoughts, emotions, and requirements. 

A men’s halfway house also has its own distinct needs. Traditionally, men’s halfway houses are a common theme. Transcend takes a notion to the next level with a comprehensive men’s sober living community. There are individuals in the program from every walk of life. They’re all brought together to create a social connection and brotherhood. 

The isolation that can be synonymous with the road to recovery is a mental challenge. Therefore, Transcend uses this sense of community to tackle the torment of loneliness.

Goals of a Halfway House

Those in recovery will certainly benefit from what a halfway house has to offer. These benefits directly feed into the following goals:

  • Accountability – It is essential when in recovery to grasp the concept of life that demonstrates high accountability. The houses teach this lesson through established rules and client-specific boundaries. Once done right, those who are recovering learn to respect authority and to live a lifestyle of self-accountability. 


  • Employability – The road to recovery involves making people more employable. Though they may have struggled in the past, people in recovery are ultimately working toward a more stable future. Many rely on the possibility of employment in order to fulfill their essential needs. The houses assist their residents in areas such as job seeking, filling applications, resume creations, and lessons on completing an interview appropriately. 


  • Sobriety – Sobriety is arguably the core goal at any halfway house. The purpose of the transitional facility is to encourage consistent sobriety. In such environments, being sober is very much celebrated and essential. Additionally, there may be requirements, such as drug testing, which help to maintain the standard. 

These are three of the main goals that halfway houses set out to achieve. All of these goals fall under the provisions of Transcend’s sober living facilities, providing you with a greater sense of support, assistance, and community.

Benefits for Careers and Education

Halfway houses and Transcend’s sober living facilities are dedicated to optimal and progressive reintegration into society. For this to work successfully, clients must be capable of functioning at every level. As such, there must be appropriate considerations for education and employment.

Generally, the programs are very conducive to accommodating academic pursuits. Many attend school while in recovery. Those leading the facilities make certain that these residents have a comfortable environment to foster personal development.

There is also the matter of finding work. Even when treatment for addiction ends, life goes on. Therefore, clients need to be able to complete job applications and work in a team-oriented setting flawlessly. Sober living facilities teach clients the required skills for the professional world before landing a job. These learned habits then contribute to how the clients function once they are thrust into the world of work.

Typical Halfway House Rules

While there are variations by location, women, and men halfway house are governed by a set of rules. These guidelines are necessary to preserve the type of environment that supports recovery. Typically, moving into a halfway house requires clients to consent to a set of terms. Agreeing to abide by the rules forms part of the initiation process. 

As is the case in any other context, consequences follow when the rules are violated. While some, such as fines, are easier to deal with, other violations can result in eviction from the facility. Here are some of the more common halfway house rules:

  • All residents must adhere to a set curfew
  • Recovery meetings are not optional; attendance is mandatory for clients
  • Residents must take part in household chores for the overall maintenance of the facility
  • There is a zero-tolerance policy regarding violence
  • Sobriety is a non-negotiable requirement, and random testing is required to confirm that the standard is maintained 
  • Residents shall not destroy or cause damage to any property of other residents

Are There Halfway Houses Near Me?

Now that you know about halfway houses and Transcend’s top-quality sober livings, you may be wondering if you can access them. Transcend sober living facilities are currently located in New York City, Los Angeles, and Houston. 

All facilities are conveniently located near an assortment of attractions, such as beaches and parks. People in recovery need to be around other members of society to feel a sense of normalcy. Such an allowance makes for a more natural transitional experience. 

In Los Angeles, there are three facilities: one for women and two for men. All facilities are located near many exciting attractions.

Houston is home to two of Transcend’s facilities. Both take a holistic approach to recovery, offering activities such as spiritual sessions, meditation, and acupuncture. 

Finally, there is New York, which is home to a facility near Central Park. Residents in this facility get to experience life in the Upper West Side as they recover.

Call the recovery specialists at Transcend today at 800-208-1211 or use our contact us form to see how joining the Transcend community can change your life.

Sober Living vs. Residential Treatment: What Are the Differences?

There are many forms of addiction treatment. In fact, when someone is ready to get sober, there are some decisions they will need to make regarding the kind of treatment they need. This article will explore the differences between various treatment options, specifically between residential addiction treatment and residing in a sober living home.

If a person’s addiction were severe, then it’s likely best that he or she be surrounded by assistance 24 hours a day during their initial weeks of recovery. And this is precisely what residential addiction treatment is. This level of treatment is considered to be the most intense, meaning that a person resides at a new location and is being serviced by staff all day long. The intent behind residential treatment is to give someone an entirely new environment, one that is healthy, safe, and drug-free.

During this time, a person may be receiving individual therapy, group therapy, drug counseling, education on the nature of addiction, and more. A person staying at a residential treatment center may also be receiving nutritional meals, learning relaxation techniques, and participating in other services that address their unique needs. This level of treatment might be called wrap-around services, in that every one of a person’s needs is being met by this one treatment method.

Typically, once a person has completed their residential treatment, it’s common for him or her to transition to living at a halfway house or sober living home.  At a sober living home, a person has more autonomy. For instance, at a residential treatment center, life can be very restrictive. Staff might limit a person’s phone calls, internet use, and visits. The strict environment is meant to keep a person safe and sober. However, at a sober living home, a person has had enough sobriety under their belt that he or she can use this time to begin to look for employment and housing.

Essentially, a person who has gone through intense addiction treatment is often starting a new life. A person might stay at a sober living home from 1 to 6 months. During this time, he or she is no longer spending time with drug-using friends. Instead, they are attending 12-step meetings, forming new friendships based upon sobriety, and learning more and more about themselves. Sober living homes are often also called halfway houses because someone is making their transition to a new and sober life.

It’s possible a person could enter a sober living home even without attending residential treatment. For instance, there are other types of treatment levels that might meet a person’s budget. These include outpatient services, meaning that a person does not live at a treatment center, but attends there on a regular basis to receive their treatment services. However, whether a person has participated in inpatient services, such as residential treatment, or outpatient services, anyone is often welcome into a sober living home, if they need it.

If you are in recovery and you feel that a sober living home would help sustain your sobriety, there are often many to choose from in your community.


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The Benefits of Living at an Addiction Treatment Facility

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There is a wide variety of treatment forms to choose from when it comes to addiction. Of course, it depends on your needs. For instance, if you’re struggling with a severe form of addiction that’s significantly impairing your life, then you may need to live at a treatment center for a period of time. However, if your needs are not that severe, then perhaps an outpatient treatment center is better.

Exploring the benefits of a residential treatment center might help you decide upon the type of treatment you need. Of course, it’s best to discuss your options with a doctor, drug counselor, therapist, or psychologist. However, in order to help you weigh the options, below you’ll find a list of options that are non-residential.

Sober Living Homes / Halfway Houses – These are an extension of care for those recovering from addiction and who have already participated in and lived at a rehab center. At these centers, although patients live there, as they would in a traditional rehab center, they have significantly more freedom to be able to attend work, school, or family events.

Outpatient Treatment Center – At these centers, patients live in their own home but attend the Center at regular intervals for treatment. They might attend the Center for group therapy, individual therapy, drug counseling, or mental health treatment. Regular attendance to the Center depends on their need, and can be daily, weekly, or bi-monthly.

Community-Based Services – These are informal ways to get treatment, such as attending an Alcohol Anonymous (AA) meeting. AA meetings and others, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Overeating Anonymous (OA) are based on the 12-step model of treatment.

However, if you found that the above options won’t quite meet your needs, then you might strongly consider a treatment center in which you live with other recovering addicts. These are typically called residential treatment centers or live-in health care facility, also known in the drug-counseling field as RTC. An RTC might offer services such as drug counseling to address substance abuse, therapy to treat mental illnesses, and other forms of treatment to address behavioral issues. RTC’s often also address the issues of patients who have a dual diagnosis, meaning they have both an addiction and a mental illness.

Additionally, RTC’s also offer individual and family psychotherapy, medication, support groups, and strong communication among the psychiatrist, psychologist, family members, social workers, teachers, and other professionals an adult’s life. Ideally, there would be an integration of services between the psychiatric and the drug counseling fields in order to best treat an adult with a co-occurring disorder. Along these lines, some RTC’s are beginning to employ behavioral health therapists to ensure that behavioral concerns are well addressed.

Furthermore, there are also RTC’s that are gender specific. (Sober living homes and halfway houses can also be gender-specific.) When the opposite gender is not attending the same treatment center, patients can keep their thoughts and attention on their recovery without having romantic or erotic distractions. In addition to this obvious benefit, being with others of the same gender undergoing the same process can be supportive. For example, rooming with another individual of the same gender, attending group therapy with those of the same sex who have the same concerns, and working with issues that are specific to your gender can support the emotional and psychological growth that can take place during treatment.

Lastly, one of the greatest benefits of an RTC is that you are immersed in a sober living environment. You don’t have to contend with any issues at home, whether they are relationships, the presence of drug-using friends, or reminders of your life as an addict. In an RTC, you can fully and completely focus on your recovery. Having this kind of environment in the beginning is crucial to the start of recovery for most addicts.

These are some of the benefits of living at an RTC. However, be sure to consult your doctor or psychologist before making a final decision about your addiction treatment.


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Alcoholism: Taking a Closer Look

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For the most part, everyone knows what alcohol is. We know that we can get it in various forms, such as beer or wine, and that it can have an effect on our perception and mood. Yet, because it’s a substance associated with over 88,000 deaths each year in the United States, it’s worth exploring in more detail.

Certainly, anyone living at a halfway house or sober living home will have their opinion of alcohol, the effect it’s had on their lives, and how there might be a love-hate relationship with it. However, put simply, alcohol is a liquid that is colorless, flammable, and comes in various forms. The form that is most commonly known is ethyl alcohol (ethanol), the kind of alcohol used in beverages such as wine, beer, and liquor. It is produced through the fermentation of grains and fruits, which happens when yeast acts upon certain ingredients in food and creates alcohol. Beer and wine are drinks that are fermented and can contain anywhere from 2% to 20% alcohol. And other drinks that are distilled, such as liquor, can contain anywhere from 40% to 50% of alcohol.

Of course, it’s well known that alcohol, when consumed, distorts perception and judgment and can affect an individual’s mood. It can also slow down one’s reaction time, making it dangerous  to drink before getting behind the wheel. Typically, halfway houses and sober living homes restrict the presence of alcohol, not only because they are facilitating the sobriety of their guests, but also because the use of it can be dangerous.

For those who drink alcohol in excessive amounts, drinking can to lead to medical disease and illness. Of course, it can also lead to psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. The risks associated with alcohol abuse and addiction is especially associated with binge drinking, or drinking large amounts of alcohol in short periods of time. Because of the ill effects long-term drinking has an recovering alcoholics, many halfway houses and sober living programs are including health nutritionists. Experts find that nutritional eating can in fact aide the healing process during recovery. Returning to a diet that is rich in nutrients can help replenish the body, giving it energy, repairing organ tissue, and strengthening the immune system.

When an individual has a glass of wine or a pint of beer, the alcohol enters the bloodstream quickly. Depending on whether there is food in the stomach or not, the body will absorb the alcohol more or less quickly. For instance, foods that are high in carbohydrates and fats can make the user’s body absorb alcohol more slowly. During this time, an individual begins to feel the effects of alcohol, such as numbness, slurred speech, slowed reactions, and a loose mood. In time, the alcohol leaves the body through the breath, perspiration, and urine. The amount of alcohol that doesn’t leave the body through these methods is metabolized in the body.

No doubt drinking a substance that is flammable is worth investigating its long-term health effects. Yet, alcohol is a major thread in the fabric of American society. It is frequently consumed at meals and social events. Furthermore, the U.S. beverage alcohol industry is a major contributor to the economy, responsible for more than $400 billion in total U.S. economic activity per year, generating nearly $100 billion in wages and more than 4 million jobs for U.S. workers.

Yet, it’s important to know, regardless of whether you’re recovering from alcohol addiction and living at a halfway house or new to the use of alcohol – it can have some serious long term effects. Alcoholism can lead to illnesses having to do with the heart, such as hypertension and an irregular heartbeat. It can also cause impotence, irregular menstrual cycles, pancreatitis, stroke, confusion, and amnesia. Other illness associated with chronic heavy drinking include:

  • Cancer
  • Cirrhosis
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Gout
  • High blood Pressure
  • Nerve Damage

The long-term effects of alcoholism can be devastating and life threatening. It’s a substance worth leaving behind!


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Why Sober Living Can Be the Best Choice

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Sober living homes or halfway houses can be the best choice for many recovering addicts when they are still faced with the challenges of addiction. Typically, you might live at a sober living facility after living at a medical treatment program. Once residential, in-patient treatment is done, the best place to facilitate your sobriety is a halfway house.

Essentially, you live with other recovering addicts in a supportive drug-free environment. Sober living facilities are useful if you have nowhere to go or you’re worried that returning home too soon will lead to relapse. Sober living homes are an extension of care for those recovering from addiction and who have already participated in and lived at a traditional medical facility. At halfway houses, although patients live there, as they would in a traditional rehab center, they have significantly more freedom to be able to attend work, school, or family events. Some halfway houses provide services or access to services like group therapy, individual therapy, drug counseling, AA meetings, or mental health treatment.

Perhaps this is one of the critical healing aspects of a sober living home – both its community of other addicts in recovery and its loose structure. In a medical facility, such as a residential treatment center, you may not have such freedom to talk to others about their experience with drinking and recovery. And besides, most people there are too new into their process to have much to say about it yet.

However, at a sober living home, you might be sitting in the living room watching TV when someone sits next to you. Of course, you might start talking about what the two of you have in common: recovery and addiction. You might begin to connect on similar feelings, similar challenges, and similar past experiences. But even better, imagine what it would be like if suddenly you heard him or her say precisely what has been hard for you to admit. Imagine what it would be like to hear from someone else express the exact feelings your feeling yourself. Imagine what a relief that would be.

The greatest part about a sober living home is the community. In a community of others who are struggling with the same life challenge, you can find friendship, support, and safety. In the community of a group, in the safety of a sober home, you might be able to make it through the challenges of staying sober.

Seeking the safety of a halfway house can be especially needed in large cities such as Los Angeles and New York. In larger cities, you might feel bombarded by the night life. You might feel pulled by the good times everyone seems to be having with a drink in their hand. There might be more messages sent your way, such as commercials or billboards, highlighting the highs of drinking and drugging. Throughout Los Angeles, for example, you’ll find sober living homes to find reprieve from this bombardment. Whether you’re in Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, or downtown Los Angeles, a sober living home may provide the best sober help to facilitate long-term sobriety.


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Sober Living News: Ohio Finds a Local Solution to the Heroin Epidemic

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Butler County, Ohio has been faced with a severe heroin epidemic. Like many parts of the rest of the country, they have been struggling with finding the right treatment for hundreds of their residents addicted to heroin.

However, the Butler County commissioners had an insight recently revealing the idea of using their old Resolutions jail for a heroin addiction sober living facility. In June of this year, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Governor John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine convened in a state-wide summit to address the state’s problem with heroin abuse. The size of the problem was indicated by the fact that 83 out of 88 Ohio counties sent representatives, totaling 900 attendees to the conference.

Out of the summit was the decision to create a sober living home for addicts. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said about the sober living home, “it could be a regional solution to the horrific plague that has permeated the entire state.”

Other programs in the state include the opportunity for relatives to force their loved ones into sober living treatment. Prosecutor Mike Gmoser of Ohio has been talking with heroin addicts during their sober living treatment and found information that could help children and adolescents away from the drug. Essentially, the entire state, from officials to residents are attempting to find a solution to the problem.

It’s important to know that heroin is a dangerous drug. It’s so addictive that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re likely going to get hooked.  Anyone from any socioeconomic group can become addicted to heroin within a short period of time. Plus, the drug essentially rewires the brain suppressing all instincts and slowing down the nervous system. The drug can be hard to break, as many news reports, articles, and television programs  are revealing. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of heroin users almost doubled. In 2007, for example, 337 thousand people were addicted to heroin in America and in 2012 that number jumped up to 669 thousand.

In Ohio, throughout the east coast, and on the streets of Philadelphia, men and women are using heroin. Part of the problem is that there has been a flood of the drug at very low prices, making it very accessible to wide groups of people. In the 60’s and 70’s, for example, you could buy a “dime bag,” costing $10. Now, you can buy a “dime bag” for $6. The difference in price, although not much, is the difference that has partly caused the epidemic and required thousands of people needing sober living treatment.

One television program told Paul’s story, a social worker who was once a college student trying to score heroin on the Philadelphia streets. Now, he’s searching for heroin users so that he can save their lives. He’s helping others just like him get sober help with treatment and then into a halfway house.

When asked the question, What could someone have done to get you into recovery?, Paul admits, ” At that point there was nothing anyone could do. I wanted to use. I was 19. I wanted to get high. That’s what I wanted to do.”

His answer highlights the dilemma with addiction. Most people just don’t want to stop. The high they’re experiencing feels great. They feel good – for once! – and they don’t have to face the uncomfortable feelings they may be carrying inside. They don’t have to face the challenging demands of life. Heroin is an escape.

Yet, ultimately, the best sober living treatment is facing life as it is, in all its challenges. Although it might be a long road for an individual to eventually get there, there’s no question that men and women – in Ohio and elsewhere – are doing what they can to facilitate healing the epidemic.


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Get Sober Help with Religion & Spirituality

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Weaving in religion and spirituality into the path of sober living isn’t new. In fact, you could say that the entire 12-step model is based on a relationship with a higher power. Although some have steered away from the religious component of the 12-step program, others would say that spirituality is the key to the whole program.

You might not be the spiritual or religious type, yet, research actually shows that when there is a spiritual component to recovery, sober help treatment outcomes are more likely achieved. According to this study, long-term sober living is more likely to be achieved. For instance, a recent study indicated that spirituality could help in recovery at rehabilitative centers. Although experts at The University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, and Baylor University performed the study, the research itself took place at a facility called New Directions in Northeast Ohio.

Specifically, the positive sober help treatment outcomes included lower levels of drug occurrence, less self-centeredness, and higher frequency of positive social behavior. Furthermore, the daily spiritual experiences reported by the participants included feeling a divine presence, having a sense of inner peace, and a feeling of benevolence towards others.

A rehabilitative environment that includes both spiritual and traditional experiences of recovery are meant to facilitate in adults deeper insight into the choices they are making for their life and encourage connection with a core self. Of course, holistic activities also help to promote physical well being, a healthy self-image, productive coping mechanisms, and psychological health. When these are combined with the right rehabilitative environment for sober living, they can create lasting change.

Another study done by Oregon State University suggests that both religious practices as well as spirituality each have their own influence on an individual’s overall well being. For instance, the study found that religion tends to regulate behavior. Religious practices, such as going to weekly services and spending time in fellowship with others of the same religion, had an influence on better health habits. Those who had religious tendencies smoked and drank less often.

Spirituality, on the other hand, tended to influence the ability to regulate emotions. Meditation and private prayer had the effect of being able to better manage difficult emotions as well as having physiological effects such as lowering blood pressure. It’s no wonder that meditation and mindfulness are being used a therapeutic practice among therapists and psychologists. More and more experts in psychology, as well as in other fields of science are recognizing its healing effects.

Essentially, mindfulness is the practice of becoming conscious of your internal and external environment. It is a mental state achieved by focusing on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting the existing feelings, thoughts, bodily sensations, and surrounding activity. Certainly, there are some similarities between religion and spirituality; however, this research was able to distinguish the different effects each had on an individual’s psychological growth. The study was published in the journal titled Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Spirituality can bring a recovering addict, or anyone, to their essence. For this reason, it might be the very reason spirituality has the ability to facilitate healing. In fact, a cycle of addiction perpetuates the disconnection from one’s power. Having practices that re-connect one to their essence can provide clarity, restoration, and a sense of self worth.

Since many mental health facilities are frequently publicly funded, they must be careful not to promote religion. To do this, many facilities provide drug counseling and mental health services that rely on scientific evidence, often called evidence based practices. However, those evidence based practices can keep some organizations from seeing concepts and processes spiritual in nature that have been effective. Furthermore, because those spiritually-oriented programs are at times difficult to measure, they are frequently ignored.

Despite this, spiritually oriented sober help treatment centers and sober living programs are growing in numbers, and many recovering addicts are drawn to spiritual practices to facilitate their sober living journey.


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Women’s Sober Living: Why Women Drink & How They Can Regain Control

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Research shows that the patterns of drinking and recovery are different for women. And it’s a trend that’s becoming more and more defined as the pressures women experience continue to grow more intense. Gabrielle Glaser, author of Her Best-kept Secret: Why Women Drink—And How They Can Regain Control, published in paperback in July 2014, brings this research into focus in her new book.

She highlights the fact that the women who drink today do so not because they are alcoholics but because they are anxious, depressed, and stressed. And for this reason, groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) aren’t the best forms of sober help. For this reason, Glaser starts her book with: “My name is Gabrielle, and I’m not an alcoholic.” In fact, Glaser points out that AA groups are predominantly unhelpful to women and can actually worsen their problems. Instead, she says that the future lies in “moderation, self-control, and a shift in the way we think about drinking”.

Glaser was recently interviewed by The Fix magazine in which she was able to share the details of her perspective on drinking and women’s sober living. One of the first questions: Why do you think drinking is on the rise among women in America?

Research, Glaser says, indicates that drinking is related to college education. Women are feeling more and more anxiety, more so than they’ve had in the past. In fact, Glaser points out that she herself has lived with an intense anxiety since her early 30’s; she’s now 49, and always thought that those anxious feelings were simply a part of life. She also points to the indelible presence of technology, inability to find freedom from responsibilities, unrelenting bad news, and the rise of career-related competition for women.

Some women might wonder, however, how high status, accomplishment, and achievement can lead to addiction? Yet, in some ways, living a high functioning life could actually be feeding an addiction. It could be a spoke in the wheel of compulsion. It’s common for a perfectionism pattern to be a part of the addiction cycle. It comes down to a need for acceptance and approval. However, perfectionists are trying to get that need filled from outside sources rather than from within. And that’s precisely what feeds an addiction – trying to get something from an outside source (food, sex, alcohol, work, etc) in order to meet a need that can only be filled from within.

And if you’re the type of woman who can accomplish anything, then it might be difficult for you to admit that there’s a problem. Sadly, research shows that the stigma of substance abuse is a major obstacle for women struggling with addiction to seek sober help. The stigma and the associated shame keep them from seeking treatment. In fact, women face a number of challenges that get in the way to accessing treatment. They may fear losing custody of their children. They may feel that they can’t leave their families, or that they have too many responsibilities at work that they can’t step away from.

Fortunately, if you are one of those women who can move mountains, then likely you’re employed. Studies also show that women who are employed and have recovery oriented support systems, similar to the environment found in women’s sober living homes, will have fewer relapses and will be more likely to maintain their sobriety. Plus – and this might go without saying – once a woman makes a decision to enter a women’s sober living treatment center, she’s just as likely as men to achieve her treatment goals. She’s likely to stay sober and create a drug and alcohol-free life.


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Facts about Santa Monica Sober Living Facilities

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Sometimes it’s necessary to pack your bags and move to another city or state in order to best support your sober living journey. If you’re just out of rehabilitative treatment, for instance, you might be looking for a sober living home. And you might be looking for one that is not only not in your neighborhood, but far from the circles you used to keep.

One city to consider for a stay at a sober living home or halfway house is Santa Monica. It’s a beachfront city in Los Angeles county that offers pleasant weather nearly all year round. It’s also a famed city becomes of its proximity to other parts of Los Angeles that house executives, stars, celebrities and politicians.

The 2010 census population for Santa Monica indicates that approximately 90,000 people live in the city including a mix of affluent single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, professionals, and students. It sits on the Santa Monica Bay and is bordered by three large and famous sections of Los Angeles: Malibu, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Venice. The city blossomed in the late 1980s because of its reconstruction of its downtown center, which prompted significant job growth and increased tourism.

If you do consider a Santa Monica sober living facility, you might want to know more about the city: It is approximately 8.3 square miles. It’s population density is at 11,000 per square mile, and the average age for residents is 40.4 years of age. There are about 78,220 people of its total residents employed and there are 9,204 businesses in Santa Monica. About 64% of residents have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and the average household income is $71,400.

Lastly, you might want to know about the city’s ethnic demographics. For instance, 70% of the population is white; 13% are Hispanic, 9% is Asian, 4% is African American, and 4% were of multiple races. Of the 50,912 households in the city, 72% rent their homes and 28% are home owners.

If you’re interested about addiction, recovery, and Santa Monica sober living facilities, the County of Los Angeles’ Public Health Division provides information that drinking and drug use facts for men and women who live in Los Angeles County. For women, broken down by ethnicity, their 2010 statistics show that 6.5% of Asian women binge drink, meaning they have had four or more drinks on at least one occasion within the past 30 days. And the same is true for 8.6% of black women, 9.2% of Latina women, and 11.3% of white women. The percentage for all groups of Los Angeles county women who binge drink is 9.4.

Although these are relatively low numbers, anyone looking for a Santa Monica sober living facility, might find that it is the best location to achieve long-term sobriety. For men and women alike, the halfway houses and sober living programs are safe and in many ways private.

Many people need to get away in order to recover from an addiction. They need to remove themselves from certain relationships and environments. It’s essential that they find a safe place on the opposite side of the country, for example, in order to make a fresh start.

If you’re living on the West Coast, you’ll find plenty of sober living homes, halfway houses, and treatment centers, and that could work well. But if you’re really going to get sober, if you’re really going to break the cycle that’s been keeping you imprisoned, you’ve got to do something different.

If you choose to get sober at a medical treatment center and then later extend your support at a sober living home, you might decide to reside at a halfway house in Santa Monica, California.


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Field of Sober Living & Recovery Still Needs Evidence Based Practices

Field of Sober Living & Recovery Still Needs Evidence Based Practices | Transcend Recovery Community

In 2012 and 2013 there were articles in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and across the Internet indicating that the field of addiction, recovery, and sober living needed to improve. Although the field has come a long way, there is much more development to undergo.

For instance, it took some time for the field of addiction to recognize that teens and adults recover differently. It was in the 1950’s when clinicians began to recognize that the behaviors of teens with addiction were different than adults with addictions and that they deserved different treatment methods. In fact, with this recognition, the first adolescent treatment center opened in 1952 with Riverside Hospital in New York City. Treatment centers specifically for teens grew more rapidly in the 1980’s through the 1990’s due to increasing research that addictions in teens warrant different treatment.

The same is true for women in recovery. The history of women in addiction treatment is rich and full of stories of achievement. In their work, they highlighted the differences between men and women in their patterns of addiction, the obstacles and approaches to treatment, and the pathways, styles and stages of long-term recovery. Since this clear recognition, leading women across the country continue to fight for the rights of addicted women, including establishing treatment centers for women only and serving as pioneers in addiction medicine.

Today, the big focus for the field of recovery is the need for evidence based practices. Evidence-based practices are those that are based upon research and have been proven to bring health to patients in the fields of psychology and medicine. In a treatment center or sober living facility, evidence-based therapies that facilitate sobriety include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, group therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare.

The need for evidence practices comes from a deeper need to reintegrate the world of addiction treatment with the medical model. On the whole, addicts seeking sober living and recovery were rejected by medical establishments, and so, instead they received help outside of the field of medicine. This split is part of the healing that needs to take place. Dr. Walter Ling, a leading addiction specialist at UCLA put it this way: “Drug abuse treatment developed outside mainstream medicine. We’re still suffering from that.”

Interestingly, though, an addiction is indeed a medical problem. It affects the physical body and the brain. In fact, most drugs activate the brain’s reward system, which is the key to addiction. This reward system can perpetuate the need for the drug until it becomes the sole focus of one’s life to the exclusion and detriment of other life-activities. Alcohol, opiates, and cocaine, for example, increase levels of the chemical dopamine in the reward pathway of the brain. With repeated use, baseline dopamine levels wane to compensate and a drug becomes less pleasurable, requiring ever-larger doses.

As the field of recovery recognizes the “disease” of addiction, it continues to learn from the medical model and incorporate medical practices, including those that are evidence based. For instance, drug rehabilitative treatment works to break down the reward system of the brain. In turn, no longer using a drug can help restore some of the damage that takes place between neurons in the brain. Furthermore, the medical and the psychological forms of treatment are beginning to become more and more integrated to address the full scope of addiction and the path to sober living.

Sadly, about 21 million Americans have a substance-abuse disorder for which they need addiction treatment. Having treatment methods rooted in research and evidence continues to be a strong need of the recovery field, not only to improve addiction treatment, but also to facilitate sober living in the lives of those who need it.


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