The Perfect Timing is NOW.

the timing is nowWhat better time than right now to get clean and sober? As a result of the COVID-19 virus, our world and our freedoms have dramatically changed for the foreseeable future. In normal circumstances, jumping into recovery is like hopping onto the fast-moving train called life.

Today that "life train" has slowed down to a crawl, and we can hop on without the usual pressures. With less social, family and job distractions, the time is now to begin the journey that will change your life in a meaningful way.

This is an ideal time for your transition from a dark place of addiction to a bright, productive future. As the world takes a deep breath, now is the time to dedicate the energy and be committed to a new way of life.

As our world sleeps, recovery is awake! What better time to get your house in order? What better time to get help and become refreshed, alert, clean and sober? What better time to transition from a dead-end to an open road of opportunity to improve your life?

There is no better opportunity than NOW! Call Clean and Sober Transitional Living today to learn how you can make your future during AND after COVID-19 bright and productive. We look forward to helping you in the same, safe, secure, supportive and affordable environment which have served over 7,000 others since 1989. (916) 961-2691.

The perfect timing is NOW

Friendships born in sober living are the gifts that keep on giving

Thoughts from Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

I’ve been thinking about the impact of the real connections that can be built in sober living. Those foundations of friendship can change lives today - and tomorrow. Over the years, I’ve seen some great bonds that began here grow stronger with time.  Thanks to social media and familiar faces at meetings, I‘ve kept in touch with some past residents, and it’s joyful to see friendships that flourish and stand the test of time. Here and there, a relationship has even blossomed into marriage. Now, there’s an unlikely gem that no one anticipated when they signed up for sober living. And that makes it even more special.

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How having your back against the wall just may open that door to recovery

Thoughts from Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

What does it take to seek out sobriety? I’ve found that the only way recovery “works” is when your back is up against the wall and you have nowhere else to go. If you can limp along at work, if you can cobble together a relationship, then you don’t really have an incentive to change. But when the wheels fall off the bus, or the bus veers off the road, or crashes and burns, then people reach out for help. That’s what we often call “our bottom.”

My personal bottom was an ultimatum from my boss: Get sober, or get fired. Well, that got my attention. My employer paid for me to go to a treatment center for a month. Over the next year, my sobriety felt at risk, sort of like an ice cube melting in the hot sun. So, I launched my first recovery home with sober roommates. Almost 30 years and more than 6500 residents later, Clean & Sober Transitional Living is still going strong.

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Substance Use Disorder may be an "equal opportunity disease," but recovery sure isn't

Thoughts from Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

When I think about the recovery “experience” of men versus women in our transitional living, it strikes me that so many women don’t even have a chance to get here in the first place. And the research backs me up on that: The NIAAA says in 2016, an estimated 5.4 million women over 18 could be considered as having an alcohol use disorder and needed treatment. But less than 1 in 10 (6.9%) actually got formal help.

And the bigger picture is equally bleak:
Female alcohol use disorder in the United States increased by 83.7% between 2002 and 2013, according to a 2017 study sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
High-risk drinking is on the rise among women by about 58%, according to a 2017 study comparing habits from 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. (High-risk drinking is defined as more than three drinks in a day or seven in a week for women.)
• A 2018 study found a steep rise in the rate of alcohol-related ER visits between 2006 and 2014, and increases were larger for women than men.
• Death from liver cirrhosis rose in women from 2000 to 2013.

So, what’s going on? In my 13 years at CSTL, I’ve seen that it’s a whole lot easier for men to step away from their home situation and seek treatment or sober living for an extended period of time. If they are married, their spouse can stay home and take care of the children. If they aren’t married and don’t have kids, well, you’ve just eliminated some major barriers to building a strong recovery.

Because there are role-based barriers to treatment, most of our female residents are women without children, and they are typically single. They are young women who aren’t married yet and don’t have kids. Or they are older women whose kids have left the nest. And if a female resident has a spouse but doesn’t have kids, there always seems to be a lot of pressure to hurry up and get better.

And women with small children simply can’t make it here because who would take care of the kids if Mom is away getting the help she needs?? If they do make their way here, the women with young children are trying to “do the work” of recovery as fast as they can so they can get back home. It’s so much harder for them to be engaged and focused and do the healing work when they have minor children who are tugging at their heartstrings. The deck sure seems stacked against the woman who seeks recovery but don’t get the time necessary to build that essential foundation.

These role-based dynamics apply no matter why someone seeks treatment. Alcohol, opioids, meth…they all scream out for an equal opportunity to build a strong recovery, no matter what.

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