Receiving Quality Sober Recovery Support
While it may be tempting to assume that after completing an addiction rehab program you are good to go, that is simply not the reality of recovery. Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is an ongoing process that requires constant vigilance in order to prevent relapse. Spending a period of time in a sober living environment is a critical step in the aftercare process, where a safe, supportive, drug and alcohol-free home allows time to adjust to a new sober lifestyle.
Added Layers of Support
To reinforce recovery, additional layers of support are offered in a sober living community. Participation in 12-step groups, such as A.A. or N.A. or non 12-step groups, like SMART Recovery provide peer support, social interaction, and overall fellowship while moving forward with each milestone of the program. Many sober living homes also offer academic support, employment assistance, and life skills mentoring, allowing someone new in recovery to establish new goals while being counseled on the steps needed to accomplish the goals.
Relapse prevention is a crucial aspect of aftercare support. The inherent deterrent that sober living housing offers with the zero tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use keeps many from being tempted to cross the line into using. Residents understand how important it is to have safe, stable housing with sober living rules in a supportive environment and hesitate to risk losing it. Continual social support among the sober living community also helps buttress one’s commitment to sobriety, as housemates gain a sense of accountability to each other and keep each other encouraged.
Restore Health and Well-being
Restoring physical and emotional health is also a key aftercare component of sober living. Most addicts have serious nutritional deficiencies or health conditions from years of substance abuse, and living in a sober living community for a few months ensures regular meals, regular sleep habits, and less stress—all of which promote restored health and well-being. Some high-end sober living options also provide outdoor fitness activities, sports activities, and holistic therapeutic activities to further enhance renewed health.
Call to learn more about finding a sober living that will provide quality aftercare support at (877) 228-3270