In in a recent article by the Dana Point Times, two facilities are under fire for operating as a substance abuse facility. The outpatient with sober living model is very common in Orange County. A key to successful recovery is long term care. Patients treated in these environments are give opportunity for reintegration, real life balance, and continued support. Sober Living houses are drug and alcohol free environments that provide a positive and supportive home for individuals that are abstaining from substance use, and maintaining sobriety.
There is a stigma attached to folks that are in recovery, but the reality is addiction is a disease, not an airborne contagion. In fact, in sober living homes you will find guidelines, rules, requirements for cleanliness and human beings making positive choices for their lives. Recovery requires vigilant honesty, humbleness, and promotes community.
Often headlines show a negative representation of the facilities that are saving lives and do not focus on the millions of lives that are struggling with addiction and the lack of help there is for them. If we are going to be able to help make changes in the world that can make a positive difference, we can start by being supportive in our communities. We can focus our energy on how we can work together, support each other, and join forces to fight against addiction.
Cities all over the county appear to be following Costa Mesa, San Clemente, and Newport Beach’s ordinances. As the political battle remains, the addiction epidemic continues to grow. Limiting the provision of drug and alcohol addiction services will increase the number of untreated individuals who need care.
Standard of care, guidelines, and regulations are necessary for us to improve the quality of treatment for those receiving help. We can continue to improve on the treatment of addiction and work together as a community.
Do you know someone that is in recovery? What can you do to promote positive community support in addiction treatment?