After completing treatment in an addiction recovery program, the thought of returning to everyday life can be overwhelming. Addiction treatment enables you to focus your energy and time on your recovery. Treatment programs enable success by removing the influence of enabling peers and environments and creating an environment in which clients are completely surrounded and supported by the sober community. In this setting, many milestones and successes can be achieved.
While you are learning all of the tools, coping mechanisms, and life skills to support sobriety after treatment, the reality is, these actions are still being practiced in a safe environment with a safety net in place. For many, the abrupt transition from the safety of a treatment facility to the real-world can be overwhelming. Rather than immediately immersing yourself back into everything again, the option to move into a sober living facility is a viable next step.
Sober Living After Treatment
Even after successfully completing treatment, the idea of returning to everyday life can be stressful. Sobriety must now be managed in conjunction with relationships, work, school, stress, and a variety of other factors. In the past, coping with stress, anxiety, or difficult situations may have been done through the use of drugs or alcohol. Now, a person must learn how to apply the lessons learned in treatment to everyday life and that can be harder than anticipated. Without a built-in support network of sober peers, it can be difficult to avoid temptation and fall back into old habits. This is especially true for those who do not have alternative living arrangements that can be made and must return to environments in which substance abuse occurred.
Fortunately, completing treatment does not mean that a person must immediately switch from one extreme to another. Sober living homes provide clients with a transitional step between recovery and the reality of life after treatment. Rather than being forced to return to enabling environments, deal with challenges on their own, and manage the responsibilities of life alone, sober living provides clients with the ability to return to normal life, but with the safety net of a sober home to return to every night.
Much like a treatment center, sober living homes do have requirements that all residents must abide by to ensure every member of the household is safe and sober. In general, sober living homes do not have time limits like treatment programs, meaning a person can stay as long as they need to.
The Benefits of Sober Living Homes
Aftercare is a vital component of recovery and sober living homes makes it easy to stay connected. There are several reasons why sober living improves the recovery process and is highly recommended following completion of treatment. This includes:
- Sober living homes keep you connected: Staying connected to the sober community can help you maintain sobriety long-term. Support networks are vital to recovery and can help you through difficult times and trying situations. Sober living homes have therapy and group sessions built into them to ensure clients are staying active in their sobriety. This ensures they are addressing their individual needs as well as working through other themes and topics with peers who share similar experiences.
- It helps you develop independence: Developing life skills to support independence is a component of the recovery process, but it can be overwhelming. Balancing the responsibilities of work, relationships, and obligations at home can be difficult. In a sober living home, clients are able to put their skills to work with the help of others. Everyone contributes to the upkeep of the house and may contribute to the cost of groceries, utilities, and other amenities. This allows clients to take on additional responsibilities without becoming inundated by managing everything alone.
- Peer accountability: In order to stay in a sober living home, there are rules you must follow. Residents are required to maintain their sobriety, abide by curfews, and participate in aftercare services. Because you are living in a home with peers who share similar experiences, everyone is able to help hold one another accountable and stay on track. While you may be able to hold yourself accountable to a degree on your own, a sober living home is a great way to maintain responsibility for your recovery with the assistance of others.
Sober living homes allow clients to experience independence, continue working on their sobriety, and develop relationships with sober peers. Because there is no restriction on the amount of time a person can remain in the home, it can help those who need a little extra help stay in close touch with the sober community and continue utilizing support services. There is no specific amount of time that indicates when a person is ready to be on their own; however, having the flexibility to continue developing coping mechanisms, life skills, and relationships to support long-term sobriety can have a significant impact on a person’s recovery outcomes.
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