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The Importance of Removing Those Seeking Recovery From Their Environments

Written on: 11/20/2017

Research and trial and error have taught the recovery community quite a bit about what works for addicts in recovery and what doesn’t work. And while each person is unique and has their own set of circumstances, we can point to a set of variables and statistics that seem to produce the best results.

We know that removing a person in recovery from the environment where they were actively using an addictive substance is very effective. There are several reasons for this, but the most important is that those in the throes of addiction are surrounded by powerful cues that they associate with their drug or alcohol use.

Why Remove Those In Recovery From Their Environments?

The friends one keeps, the places where one has used or abused a substance, the stresses of everyday life—-these are all cues—-or stimuli—that people who are ready to seek help often have a hard time resisting. They simply have not acquired the skills or developed the strength to resist the powerful temptation to use drugs or drink again.

We know at Simple Path Recovery that removing our clients from their old “stomping grounds” is effective just from observation, but there are studies that also show it’s effectiveness, including a study funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Their report concluded that individuals with substance abuse problems who are living in a collaborative housing setting will have their addiction treated more effectively than abusers not residing in a community-based facility.

At Simple Path Recovery, we know that just getting people clean and releasing them to the social environments that helped encourage the substance use and other negative behaviors in the first place (such as crime) is not typically effective.

But it’s been shown that community-based substance abuse housing can greatly assist individuals with various types of problems, from substance abuse to problems with the criminal justice system and mental health issues.

Choosing Recovery Away from Your Environment

Simple Path Recovery offers upscale accommodations with modern amenities located near the Intracoastal Waterway and the beaches in the neighboring cities of Pompano and Deerfield in South Florida. Fresh air, a relaxed atmosphere, and sunshine are good tools for recovery, along with a strong clinical program and our highly-skilled therapists and staff.

And while we don’t claim that recovery is a vacation, being able to walk to walk nearby employment, the ease of warm-weather living and the fresh air often act as catalysts in our client’s recovery.
Florida is known as the recovery capital of the world offering a great deal of community support to recovering addicts, with numerous 12 Step meetings scheduled in locations throughout our facilities’ area. We also offer transportation to meetings along with a number of group activities—like bowling, movies, and fishing trips.

We believe the positive environment in our South Florida locations aids and enhances our clients’ recovery process. Take a look and get to know our facilities and our recovery philosophy, as well as our skilled therapists and our client testimonials.

And don’t hesitate to call with any questions. We are here for you and your loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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