Completing a rehab program is just the first phase of a life-long journey. There are many ups and downs throughout the recovery process and some people need more time than others to reach the same point. Regardless of how the journey has panned out, long-term sobriety requires continued work and effort to ensure your progress is not lost.
The journey in recovery is highly individualized and upon completing rehab, many come to a crossroads where they must decide if they want to return home or if they would like to transition into sober living. There are numerous factors that can contribute to what decision you make, and it is important to assess the pros and cons of both choices before moving forward.
Where Do You Go After Treatment?
There are many reasons why returning home after treatment is a popular choice. After being away from friends and family for an extended period of time, it can be difficult to imagine spending even more time away. Pets, significant others, employment, and financial reasons are all factors that can weigh heavily in the decision-making process; however, taking a step back to assess the situation can help you determine if this is the right choice for your sobriety. While your mind and heart may long to return to comfortable places, the environments or people you left to attend treatment may be detrimental to your continued sobriety. In fact, many find that returning home can bring about numerous triggers, stressors, and pressures that may increase the risk of relapse. It is easy to look back at home with rose-tinted glasses, but this wistful reflection on the past can be dangerous to sobriety.
Instead of potentially putting your sobriety at risk, moving into a sober living home can help you transition back into the real world with the help of a substance-free household. Sober living homes can be found in nice, quiet neighborhoods and you would not know their purpose just by looking at them. People who live in sober living homes have often completed treatment, but are not ready to fully immerse themselves in everyday life again. Instead, a sober living home proides residents with more freedom and autonomy, but has rules in place to keep residents safe and hold them accountable.
Sober Living Homes: What to Expect
Part of the recovery process is learning how to become independent again. More importantly, recovery focuses on helping clients develop tools to support sobriety in the face of challenging times. Rather than using drugs or alcohol as a means of coping with difficult times, clients must learn how to persevere without relapsing. Sober living homes provide clients with a safe environment to begin applying these lessons to everyday life. It allows them to begin experiencing independence while simultaneously providing a safety net. Residents are expected to begin inheriting responsibilities as if they were out on their own. They must contribute to the cost of rent, utilities, and groceries while also working or going to school.
Transitioning into a sober living home is beneficial for numerous reasons. Sober living homes frequently perform random drug testing to ensure clients have not relapsed. Unlike living at home, those who are abusing substances cannot live in the household. This practice is in place to protect the sobriety of all residents.
Additionally, sober living homes keep residents closely connected to other individuals working towards achieving the same goals. Returning home after rehab may expose you to people who do not want you to succeed and may put you back in touch with the people who enabled substance abuse. By staying in a sober living home, you are surrounded by others who relate to your experiences and are working towards the same targets. Regardless of what you encounter out in the world during the day, you have a safe place to return home to that is free of enablers and triggers.
In a sober living home, you are given a fresh start. You are able to shed the past and move forward in your recovery journey. Sober living homes hold you accountable in numerous ways. They help residents stick to their goals and continue engaging in aftercare services. They also encourage good behavior, promote healthy relationships, and can help you get back on your feet when faced with challenges or adversity.
Only you can determine if a sober living home is the right next step for you, and there are many positive reasons to consider it. Sober living provides you with a safe way to experience independence again with the support of the sober community. It creates a transitional step between recovery and independence in which you can reenter society without becoming inundated with triggers for relapse. For many, sober living is a necessary step in recovery to improve outcomes.
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