Typically, once you’ve made the decision to acquire sober living, you must first enter a treatment center. This is a medical facility that tends to the physical withdrawal as well as the psychological demands of ending the addiction cycle.
When you’re ready to leave a medical treatment center, you might not be ready to return home. For this reason, halfway houses or sober living homes serve as excellent transition facilities. They provide sober help and a drug and alcohol environment you need to continue your sobriety.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines a Sober Living Home as being “alcohol and drug free living environments for individuals attempting to maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs.” They typically do not offer formal treatment but often require or strongly encourage attendance to 12-step Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.
There might also be courses on money management, employment searching, and improved coping skills. Furthermore, they might have a culinary artist on board who prepares healthy and organic meals and who is able to make special dietary considerations for their patients.
Also, a halfway house serves as a lower cost option while a recovery addict eventually makes his or her way back home. However, they are not a place where an individual sits around all day and does nothing. Instead, sober living homes often require involvement in work, school, or an outpatient program and active participation in recovery meetings. In addition to these required tasks, the following are additional endeavors that a recovery addict can engage in to help mend his or her life:
1. Look for employment. Often part of the downward spiral of addiction is the loss of a job or the inability to work due to physical, emotional, and psychological impairments. It can be an exciting opportunity to return to the workplace. This can be rewarding in many ways, including the chance for an individual to review his or her particular skills and the opportunity to feel a part of a community.
2. Arrange housing. Sometimes, along with employment, the loss of a home was also a part of the damaging ride of addiction. It might have meant the loss of a marriage or the inability to pay the mortgage. Whatever the case, an individual might need to find a place to live after being a guest in a sober living house. Often, the schedule at a halfway house or sober living home allows for the repairing of life, including finding a job and home.
3. Mend fences. Part of the recovery process is healing past relationships. Although the number one relationship to focus on is with oneself, other relationships with friends and family are part of this process. In fact, this is the 8th step of the 12-step program that invites that a person in recovery “makes a list of all persons we had harmed and become willing to make amends to them all”. The next step in the program furthers this with “make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
4. Adjust to sobriety: While housed in a residential inpatient program, a patient often has very few liberties. Back at home, the sudden burden of making responsible decisions can be too much to handle. A halfway house or sober house program will have rules to follow, but these rules always have an emphasis on the eventual transition back to independence.
The path to sobriety can be a challenging one. However, with the right amount of support and the right amount of willingness to face and overcome obstacles, achieving a sober life is possible.
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