The goal of a structured sober living home is to instill a structured and recovery-oriented lifestyle into the lives of all of the residents. This concept often requires a complete overhaul of the individuals thought process and lifestyle, by incorporating a structured routine which involves daily personal responsibility and accountability. In order for the newly sober person to accomplish this they need a safe and supportive environment in which to practice their sobriety.
A SSL recovery house is a solution for those early in addiction treatment who need continued structure in their life as they re-integrate into their daily activities. Living with others who are focused on sobriety and recovery can help create a firm foundation before returning home to the challenges of daily living. A quality SSL home will allow the addict and alcoholic time to develop and practice their new found coping skills. After some sober time (3-6 months), the recovering person can then return home feeling stronger and more confident with an increased chance of maintaining long term sobriety.
What are Sober Living Homes?
Sober Living Homes are also referred to as recovery houses or recovery residences. No matter what you call them, the goal is to provide recovering addicts and alcoholics with a safe and clean environment. While the addict or alcoholic works to maintain long-term recovery, recovery houses can bridge the gap from a drug or alcohol treatment facility back into a daily living routine. Getting sober and staying clean for the long-term are two different things.
A recovery house can be a vital part of a complete recovery plan. All too often, alcoholics and addicts are treated and discharged from rehab only to wind up back with “old friends” in environments that easily trigger old behaviors. Such temptations are powerful and overwhelming, often resulting in relapse. Spending a few months in a sober living house with other addicts and alcoholics while working to stay clean and sober can give the recovering addict the strength he needs to face life the challenges of his newfound recovery. It gives the addict or alcoholic time to build quality relationships both personal and professional that are void of drugs and alcohol.
How do Recovery Houses and Sober Living Homes Help?
Spending a few months or longer in a quality recovery house allows the drug addict or alcoholic time to continue working on stabilizing their recovery in a safe environment with supportive people. The ability to live life on a daily basis without drugs or alcohol may seem daunting, but structured sober living homes are designed to help the addict put into practice the principles and tools learned in rehab. The recovery house environment can be a building block placed upon the foundation laid in rehab.
Many times, even after inpatient drug or alcohol rehab has been successfully completed, extra time and support are needed to step back into the daily routine of life. The statistics say a large percent of addicts and alcoholics who go through inpatient rehab without a solid sober living plan will relapse back into addiction.
Support for recovery in structured sober living home can change the odds from going into relapse to maintaining a stable recovery. Recovery houses provide an extra helping hand needed by many. It frees them from the grip of drugs or alcohol, while providing a sober living environment that enables the addict to put the principles of a sober life into action.
How to live Sober?
There are people who go through alcohol and drug rehabilitation and stop using substances. However, they do not choose to integrate the concept of self-reflection and continued personal and spiritual growth. Oftentimes, this pattern of behavior can lead people to replace one addiction for another, such as replacing drinking with gambling, or drugging with workaholism.
This behavior can lead to a relapse or a life filled with pain caused by a new addiction. A sober recovery is one in which an addict or alcoholic seeks to live without self-destructive behaviors. Sober living, by its name implies that problems are addressed and handled immediately without the drama, extreme emotions, or self-destructive behaviors that accompanied drug and alcohol use.
The following are some components of a sober recovery:
• Being honest
• Sharing emotions
• Using a support system to address problems
• Avoiding isolation
• Going to therapy when needed
• Maintaining healthy relationships
• Engaging in self-affirming behaviors
• Healthy exercise regimes
• Eating healthy foods
• Attending 12 Step meetings
• Attending to spiritual needs
• Stress relieving therapies
• Balance is the key to a sober recovery
What is the Role of a Sober Recovery House?
Sober Recovery Houses provide the newly recovering addict and alcoholic with the safety of learning to face the challenges of daily living without the increased pressure of dealing with friends and family, some of whom may or may not be supportive of the process. Riverhouse requires residents to participate in programs and activities including house meetings, support groups, and household chores. Residents must agree to abide by a specific set of rules in writing before they can be considered for residency. Rules are unique to Riverhouse and include abstaining from drug or alcohol use, not engaging in violent behavior, and attending active self-help or group meetings. Residents are given the opportunities and the resources needed to pursue employment, take care of issues with social services or legal problems, and search for future housing.
Living Sober After Rehab:
Once drugs and alcohol are removed from the process of living, a person may be faced with the damage caused by drugs and alcohol. Putting down the drink or drug does not remove the financial problems or the legal problems created during active addiction. There are problems, challenges, losses, and successes that will confront all recovering addicts and alcoholics. Taking the tools and strategies learned in substance abuse treatment will give the addict the confidence to continue to maintain sobriety. Sober living is far more rewarding then a recovery filled with relapses, new addictions, and disappointment caused by unaddressed issues.