Recovery from substance abuse is a process. Some of the ingredients for the process:
1) Abstinence from the substance. This often requires a supervised detox procedure. Drug Rehabs or treatment facilities usually have policies for getting patients or clients detoxed and drug-free.
2) Recovery. Recovery is a whole other topic, because if just getting clean was enough to stay clean, there would be no drug rehab industry. Recovery has as many paths as there are people, but generally speaking, the 12-step process originally outlined in Alcoholics Anonymous seems to work well. The problem with most drug rehabs is that they release the clients back to their lives before they get a chance to really implement any recovery from the addiction or alcoholism that they went to rehab to get well from! Enter Transitional Housing, or Sober Living. Sober Living is a term for a Sober House, or Halfway House, or Transitional House, where clients can go after they graduate from treatment, but before they are ready to go back home. Sober Living has a more structured program than just going home, but it’s less structured than a rehab. It’s good to transition from rehab to recovery.