Getting sober is a significant accomplishment. You’ve made a choice to heal and get healthy. You’re probably learning new coping tools, making amends with family and friends, and working your way through the 12-steps of sobriety. However, it’s hard to do all this alone. It’s incredibly challenging to not have a network of support around you, especially when you might be vulnerable to your old patterns, triggers, and cravings. This article will discuss the grave importance of having a sober living community to participate in, rely upon, and find strength in.
Fortunately, there are often many sober living communities that are available in a neighborhood. The first one that you might already be participating in is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). If you’re already working through the 12-steps, then you might also have a sponsor to support you. However, for some people, their AA community isn’t enough. They might need a group of sober friends to spend time with, a support group to discuss addiction-related issues, and/or an online community of men and women focused on sobriety. Many recovering addicts believe that the more support they have the better, including getting involved in as many sober living communities as possible.
If you’re feeling like you need more support, you might first look to see what else is available in your community. There might be Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) meetings for those who struggle with addiction and a mental illness. There might be Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. You might also find 12-step meetings at your local church, if you’d like to include your faith in your recovery. And you might be able to access therapy from your employer through the Employee Assistance program, which is a service that most large employers offer their employees. And lastly, many social service agencies offer addiction-related services to their community, such as support groups. There are many sober living communities that you can participate in.
Even if you live in a remote part of the country, online sober living communities can be helpful to feel connected to others who are sober. For instance, you can find online groups for Alcoholics Anonymous at AAonline.net. NA Recovery has online sober living meetings at NA-Recovery.org. LifeRing Secular Recovery and Moderation Management also have online meetings. And if you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like computers so much, you can also find AA meetings that take place by phone. All you need is a good connection and you can instantly connect with a sober living community with those around the country.
What’s important to point out is that community is one of the key ingredients to sobriety. Without supportive people around you, it’s possible to lose hope about your progress. Without support, you might give in to your old habits more and more versus turning away from them. You might feel a greater YES when you have cravings versus standing strong in saying NO to them. Without a sober living community, you might forget about the reasons you got sober in the first place.
If you’re searching for more support, look for a sober living community either in your neighborhood, online, or by phone.
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