Why a sober living center is a giant step toward recovery
If you’re just getting out of addiction treatment, it can be dangerous to think that you’re done with rehab. Addiction treatment is often just the beginning. It might have been 30 days of detoxing, getting healthy, and learning about addiction but you’re not entirely off the hook. When you return home you’re going to be faced with triggers, old friends, family members who still drink or use drugs, and stressors, all of which might create cravings. This can be difficult to face. Although you might feel strong at first, after a week or two, you might feel your old self returning. You might feel the dangers of your old life creeping up on you.
This is precisely why many people move from addiction treatment to a sober living home. It is one of the most vital parts of addiction treatment where you are surrounded by people who also have their focus on sobriety...and it's why #simmeringcenter is here.
Addiction specialists agree that structured sober living is the best option for people who want the best chance at staying sober. Relapse rates for individuals with alcoholism and drug addiction are estimated at 40 to 60 percent. Leaving rehab or primary treatment and neglecting to participate in an appropriate aftercare program contributes heavily to this disheartening percentage. Finishing a rehab or primary treatment center is a big accomplishment. Primary treatment alone though, is not enough. Success rates for staying sober jump to 71% when long-term recovery programs are put into place, like aftercare. A structured sober living is a type of aftercare.
Structured sober living is a step down from the restrictions of residential alcohol and drug treatment, and an opportunity for people to work in a peer based community at staying sober. Residents in a structured sober living are taught life skills, learn healthy lifestyle tools and learn to rely on themselves and a community to stay sober. There are typically house meetings that get to the root of underlying issues leading to addiction, and systems of chores and accountability in place. For anyone in recovery, these are key factors for recovery success.
The duties and responsibilities of residents at sober living houses are designed so that all house guests do their part to keep the house clean and neat, including picking up after themselves.
See the sober living expectations for Simmering Center here.
The sober living arrangement is so much more rewarding when all residents chip in and help each other. Also, residents are required to respect and adhere to all of the house rules. The rules are in place to protect all residents and guests and to make the living arrangement more enjoyable for everyone. A list of rules is provided upon admission into the house, and residents are required to sign a contract stating that they will obey all the house rules.
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.
●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. Being around other people with similar goals, in a substance free environment, will ensure you stay on the right track.
If you’re concerned about cost, sober living homes are usually affordable and not as expensive as addiction treatment. Also, sober living homes not only facilitate sobriety, but it’s also an environment in which people learn to become self-supporting. Men and women living at sober living homes often are searching for work, finding a new home, and for the most part, rebuilding their lives.
If you’re aiming for full recovery, be sure to include a sober living home in your transition out of addiction treatment. Contact Simmering Center today to learn more about sober living and request a free confidential assessment to determine if is right for you.