After spending a month or more at an addiction recovery facility in an inpatient program, transitioning directly back into your own home can be quite difficult for most people. Normal life doesn’t feel the same anymore, now that you’re no longer using drugs or alcohol. That feeling alone can lead to relapse, but there are other challenges as well, such as facing the same people, places and situations that were once part of your substance abuse lifestyle. Sober living can help.
Why Sober Living?
Sober living or residential recovery homes offer individuals a better chance of remaining alcohol and drug free after addiction treatment. More than half of all people who attend treatment will relapse. Of those who relapse, most are lost in transition, or that period of time right after rehab, while trying to transition into regular life.
That’s a critical time and sober living provides a solid support system.
Here are the main benefits of sober living:
Community Living = Strong Support
After addiction treatment, you may think that the first thing you need to do is see your family again. They’ll support you, after all, and help you through early recovery.
While the support part may be true, there’s a good chance your family does not understand what you’re going through. In a sober living environment you will be with others who are going the same direction as you are, are not judging you, and are encouraging you. Although every person may be dealing with different life situations, family dynamics and financial issues you are all equipped with many of the same “recovery tools” and can remind each other to focus on the present moment and take “one step at a time.”
Without anyone around to set specific rules or create a routine its easy to fall back into old patterns, isolate, and eventually relapse. Remember, you’re going from the highly structured and protected environment of treatment to a completely unstructured environment. No matter how strong you think you are, that’s a recipe for disaster. Quality sober homes have a house manager or a peer-support structure to hold you accountable to commitments and challenge you to continue to walk out the best version of yourself.
Things are much different outside of the rehab facility. When you were a patient in addiction treatment, you had all the therapy and support you could ask for from staff, therapists and even peers. Once you return home, you may or may not have this type of support. Sober homes have access to resources, outpatient therapy and attend meetings together regularly. The type of peer support can be hard to find after leaving treatment, and studies show that it is an essential component to relapse prevention.
Sober living is the perfect transition to help you get ready for the next step in your journey of life. Most feature 12-step meetings, Bible studies and church services, which help you improve your mind and body while also encouraging mentorship, friendships and a seamless transition into becoming “an active part of the community.”
See how that works? As residents live together in community and attend church and volunteer activities together, they will naturally and organically branch out into the community. This is a powerful plan against isolation.
Transitioning from inpatient rehab care back to your home can be rather jarring. There may be friends and family that you’ve hurt during active addiction, and they may want to address these issues immediately, even if you’re not ready. Sober living is often a better choice. You’ll get support, accountability and guidance on how to live a mentally healthy life after treatment, and you’ll be able to slowly deal with some of the life wreckage that may be waiting for you.
Do Your Homework
Not all sober living situations are the same. In Florida, there is FARR Certification (Florida Association of Recovery Residences), which although not “required,” it is the mark of a quality sober living structure. Definitely visit the sober home you’re thinking of moving to before making a final decision. Check online for reviews or complaints, and ask if you could speak to any of the current residents.
This is your recovery, and you want to ensure you’re doing all you can to succeed!
If you or someone you love is looking for addiction recovery or sober housing, give us a call at Gracious Care Recovery Solutions. We are here for you.