What is Sober Living?
It’s easy to think that 30, 60, or 90 days at a rehabilitation center will fix all addiction problems. But, that’s just simply not true. It takes time and dedication beyond treatment to truly stay motivated for recovery. The earliest days following treatment are the highest risk of relapse. So, it’s important that new treatment graduates get the help they need in these days. A sober living environment is an option for treatment alumni to live with other individuals in early recovery to receive the support and encouragement needed to stay sober and focus on recovery.
Overdose in the Earliest Days of Recovery
When an individual who has a dependence on a drug ceases to use, tolerance for that drug decreases. What the body was used to previous to treatment is not going to be what it’s used to post-treatment. So, when individuals relapse following treatment and use the same amount of a drug as they would have prior to treatment, their bodies are not used to it anymore. So, the body reacts adversely, putting the individual at risk for overdose and even death. This is why it’s SO important for individuals to continue with recovery efforts immediately after a stay in treatment or outpatient treatment services conclude.
What’s the Difference Between a Sober Living Environment and Treatment?
During treatment, you’re expected to go to meetings, therapy sessions, and keep to a specific schedule. While sober living environments may have mandatory obligations you’ll need to meet as well, the structure is loosened. This way, residents can begin to exercise recovery methods in everyday life by re-entering into school or the workforce. While patients in a treatment setting may need permission to leave to tend to family or other obligations, residents of a sober living home may come and go as they please. So, all in all, sober living homes provide a safe and recovery-focused place as treatment does, but does not include the strict scheduling a treatment center would.
The Benefits of a Sober Living Environment
Reduction of Triggers and Cravings: Going back to the environment you were once in before treatment is usually a bad idea. Cravings and triggers are the biggest reasons for individuals in early recovery to relapse. And, your home environment is likely to offer many cravings and triggers, as this is where you experienced active addiction. So, it’s best to steer clear of your home environment in the days of early recovery. Not to mention, the family can be one of these triggers, and it may be best to go about recovery solo until your entire family can jump on board with your sobriety efforts.
Continued Motivation and Accountability: During treatment, you are likely to be held accountable for all things you do. But, once treatment ends, this accountability may fall by the wayside. Investing in a sober living environment is also investing in further motivation and accountability for your recovery. You’ll be surrounded by other individuals with the same goals in recovery, as well as guided by house managers with the goal to keep you safe and healthy.
Helping to Form Support: A great benefit to sober living homes is that it helps recent treatment graduates to establish further recovery support. Without recovery support, individuals are likely to feel alone in recovery, which can be a major relapse trigger. Choosing a sober living environment means living with other people in recovery who know what you’re dealing with. And, offers further support as sober living environments are usually tied to treatment facilities which offer all the support and resources you may need in the days of early recovery.
Ready to Choose Sober Living?
If you have completed residential treatment or outpatient treatment services, you may be eligible for a sober living home experience. If you have questions about what you need to do to sign up, what you should bring, what to expect, or how much sober living costs, Simple Path Recovery is here to answer any questions you may have. Simply give us a call to speak confidentially with one of our experienced representatives at (954) 532-9201. Remember, you need support after treatment. A sober living home experience can provide that support you need to stay on the road to recovery and truly beat addiction!