Why Structure in Recovery Works to Keep People from Relapsing

The structure is not a word people necessarily love to hear. Especially in recovery, after having ‘been in control’ for so long, people with addiction generally don’t like to hear they are going to have to live by a new set of rules. It is a change of mindset, behavior, and attitude that requires time and patience to adjust to doing. When it comes to sobriety, the structure really does help a person stay focused on the goal and organize their lives better.

Why Structure Works

Suffering from addiction can put people into bad situations with family, friends, work, and even the law. They develop behaviors and ways of thinking about things that can enable addiction which discourages healthier habits. Those who seek treatment do it because their lives are difficult or chaotic. Addiction has an impact on people’s brains that creates changes. Addiction also impacts people’s behavior and thinking that ripples into many parts of life. To put it more simply, the only way to make changes is to set yourself up for success. Inpatient and outpatient programs set up structures in this way:

  • Group work to promote communication
  • Learning through classes and homework that focus the thoughts and mind around recovery
  • Living in a structured environment with waking, group, and sleeping times designated for everyone
  • Therapeutic work scheduled in to promote self-reflection
Lower Stress

Living with addiction is stressful for everyone involved. When a program has structure, it adds healing benefits to the person’s life they would not otherwise have. Many people who struggle with dependency are exposed to uncertain situations that may even be risky. A structured program can remove the pressure, lower anxiety, and promote a less stressful environment. Long-term sobriety is the goal. It is not easy to change these patterns or stay in recovery. A person who completes addiction treatment must incorporate what they learned into a long-term lifestyle. The difficulty in changing patterns that have been in the brain so long explains why some people go through multiple programs before they find sobriety sticking. When a person feels empowered in recovery, they are more likely to feel confident and strong about who they are and where they are going. This comes from a sense of structure that helps dictate where they are headed and also provides a sense of purpose. Relapse is not a single vent but a process that occurs. There is less chance of returning to addiction if one can maintain a feeling of stability in their lives. A structured way of life helps them stay clean and sober without feeling pressure to find relief in other things. It also helps to stay connected at meetings, networking with others who are sober and to stay clean to better their future.

The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.