Your journey in recovery is not over once treatment is complete. Sobriety is a life-long commitment that requires continuous care to maintain. Completing treatment is a momentous achievement, but it may leave you also feeling uneasy. In rehab, you are provided with resources to enable your successes. Suddenly, you are being released back into the real world and must learn how to navigate the pitfalls on your own.
This transitional period from rehab back into normal, everyday life can be tricky and many do not feel ready to face the world on their own yet. Living completely unsupervised and being expected to hold personal accountability for everything life throws at you can feel overwhelming. Instead of jumping immediately into the deep end, many opt to transition into sober living facilities so that they may continue regaining personal freedom while still staying closely connected to the sober community.
How Sober Living Improves Recovery Outcomes
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for those who have completed treatment to return home and relapse. This can be due to a myriad of factors. Returning to environments in which substance abuse developed can expose a person to relentless triggers and temptations that threaten sobriety. Even if a person does not return to these types of environments, there are countless other pitfalls that can threaten sobriety. Primarily, those leaving treatment are leaving the support and protection of an environment centered around fostering and strengthening sobriety. Once faced with the challenges of everyday life, it can feel as though you are without support and forced to juggle work, school, bills, chores, and other obligations while trying to stay sober. The combination of all these responsibilities can become overwhelming and lead many to relapse as a way to escape.
Sober living is a way to address all of these factors while still allowing clients to further develop their independence and adjust to life after treatment. There are numerous ways in which sober living improves recovery outcomes, including:
Sober Living Homes Eliminate Risks
In order to stay in a sober living home, you must remain sober. Drugs, alcohol, and any other illicit substance is banned from the premises. By removing any and all temptation, clients know they have a safe place to return home to every night. All residents who live in these facilities must also have established sobriety for a predetermined amount of time. Individuals who have relapsed or bring illicit substances into the housing are not permitted to stay. While it can seem harsh, these rules are in place to protect the safety and sobriety of the residents living there.
Maintained Connections to Sober Peers
One of the most difficult parts of recovery is the loss of relationships. Inevitably, undergoing treatment for addiction will require a person to sever ties with people they spent time abusing substances with. Even if this is in their own best interest, it can leave them feeling alone. Reentering the real world after treatment can also be difficult for this same reason. Because your sobriety must be a priority, you must establish healthy relationships with others who respect and support your sobriety. It can feel difficult at times to form meaningful relationships with others who do not readily relate to your experiences.
Sober living helps you stay connected with others who share similar experiences. Living side-by-side with peers who come together for work, therapy, and household chores can make you feel like you are part of a family. Everyone can relate to the experiences of one another because they have all been down similar paths. This removes feelings of isolation and loneliness that often drive people to relapse.
Development of Life Skills to Support Independence
Sober living provides clients with a place to relearn managing household chores and responsibilities. Many who struggled with addiction did not put much time or energy into chores and may not have learned some basic life skills at all. Sober living homes require clients to contribute to the household and care for themselves. Folding laundry, cleaning the house, and even personal hygiene are all areas that clients can work on. They also learn how to cook, manage their finances, pay the bills, and take care of themselves in ways that allow them to be independent. As they become more comfortable in these practices, they build the confidence to support themselves in the future.
There is No Time Limit
As long as you follow the rules of the sober home, you are welcome to stay as long as you like. Most people live in a sober living home for a minimum of six months so that they have enough time to adjust to life after treatment. Some people, however, need more time than others to feel confident moving into the next phase of life. Because you are not required to stay for a particular amount of time, it provides you with the freedom and flexibility to comfortably move through the process at your own pace. Once you feel ready to move out, you have the ability to do so.
Peace of Mind
Sober living provides you and your loved ones with the peace of mind that you will have a safe place to stay every night. Managing finances, juggling responsibilities, and fighting temptation can all cause a person to feel stress or anxiety over what may happen next. Sober living homes ensure you and your family do not have to worry about whether or not you will get a meal, if you will struggle financially, or if you are hanging around people who put your sobriety at risk. Instead, sober living facilities ensure you are eating well-balanced meals, you are learning how to budget and manage finances, and you are closely connected to the sober community.
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