If you struggle with the disease of substance abuse disorder aka drug addiction, getting sober may be one of the hardest things you ever do. Many alcoholics and drug addicts will enter a medical detox center to safely detox from their drug of choice. Residential addiction treatment at an inpatient drug rehab facility is a logical next step. But what do you do after you’ve completed your inpatient stay? What about a sober living home?
A sober living home is an option for transitioning back to daily life, but you may be wondering if it’s the right choice for you. Going home after 30-90 days in a structured environment isn’t always the best idea. The stress of daily life and the possible temptation of going back to your old environment could be disastrous without the proper foundation.
What is a Sober Living Home?
A sober living is a house for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. It’s designed to offer a safe and stable environment, while you lay the groundwork for lifelong sobriety. Most of these homes have a live-in house manager who ensures everything runs smoothly. Residents work together to share chores, as well as provide peer support while navigating the challenges of early recovery. There is often a curfew; however you are allowed to come and go during the day.
Is a Sober Living Home Right for You?
If you’ve been using your drug of choice for some time, the majority of your day probably revolved around getting and using drugs or alcohol. Learning to fill that time with healthy activities, while processing the feelings you’ve been numbing, can be challenging and takes time. It’s important to focus on your recovery and a sober living home is a great place to start building that foundation.
Your loved ones fantasize about how wonderful everything will be when you return home drug-free.
They may have expectations and feel hurt or let down when those expectations aren’t met. Healing any damage done with your family relationships will be easier when you have the life skills to effectively communicate your feelings. Living in a home with people who understand what you’re going through is important; everyday stress and feelings of guilt are huge contributors to a relapse.
Here are a few pros to moving into a sober living home:
• Personal Responsibility – You’ll be expected to pay rent, do your own grocery shopping and will be assigned household chores. Reorganizing your priorities and building a routine is an important discipline to learn in recovery.
• No Rehab Required – Although you must be sober, most sober livings do not require that you come from a treatment program. If you’ve safely detoxed from drugs and alcohol you can move into a sober living and further cultivate your journey in sobriety.
• Communication Skills – Living with several roommates will allow you to practice setting healthy boundaries and utilize proper communication skills.
• Structure – Most recovering addicts and alcoholics need some structure to stay sober. A sober living home provides accountability, support, curfews and random drug testing. Remember, recovery is a marathon, not a race. It’s all about transitioning back into your normal routine.
• Safe Sober Environment – This is probably the most important benefit if there is drinking or using in your home. Being around other people with similar goals, in a substance-free environment, will ensure you stay on the right track.
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Written by Joann Miller – Writer/Blogger for Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™, Heroin News, and the National Alliance of Addiction Treatment Centers (NAATC)
Edited and Published by William Charles – Owner/Publisher
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