Sober living environments often serve as an excellent stepping-stone between addiction treatment and transitioning to your home environment after your treatment program ends. Regardless of their level of care (inpatient, outpatient, etc.), many treatment programs encourage participants new to sobriety to spend time in a sober living home. The period immediately following treatment is often challenging, and many struggle with adjusting to their newly sober lives. Sober living homes offer a safe setting between the highly supportive treatment environment and home. Time spent in sober living in Monmouth County, NJ, provides you the opportunity to practice and reinforce the coping skills you learned during rehab. Often, sober living can make the difference between maintaining long-term sobriety and relapsing back to old patterns.
Sober Living Homes Explained
During rehab, clients are immersed in the activities of their recovery plan. Once outside of treatment, this changes, and in some cases, difficulties related to maintaining sobriety arise. In a sober living environment, residents are not confined within the home. For some, this newfound freedom is a blessing, yet it can increase the challenges of maintaining ongoing sobriety and avoiding relapse for others. The goal of a sober living home is to allow addicts new to recovery a safe space to ease back into “normal life” while slowly resuming day-to-day tasks and activities. Although sober living environments are far less restrictive than many treatment programs, there are still rules that must be followed, including curfews, mandatory attendance at group meetings, and in some cases, random (and required) drug and alcohol testing. Testing is used as means to ensure those living in a sober living home have not relapsed and or are not exposing others in the environment to substances and potential relapse triggers.
What Do You Do When You Live in a Sober Living Home?
While living in a sober living home, residents can attend ongoing treatment and participate in support groups. In many cases, support groups take the form of traditional 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. In addition to peer support groups like AA and NA, residents staying in a sober living home often continue to participate in ongoing addiction treatment therapy either in a group or individual setting. Continued therapy helps reinforce coping skills learned in early treatment while providing a safe and supported environment to talk about fears and challenges related to sobriety.
Another significant benefit to a sober living home is the opportunity to forge friendships with like-minded peers who will help reinforce the desire to remain sober. Unfortunately, when a former addict gets sober, it often changes their relationships with family and friends. Friends who do not share the same view on sobriety may increase exposure to triggering situations and relapse potential. Many addicts in recovery feel they need to distance themselves from family and friends to reduce trigger exposure leading to isolation and struggles with depression. Sober living homes provide a support system that can not only help residents avoid the isolation that comes with going directly from intensive addiction treatment back home but provides an environment of increased support during the early and often fragile stages of recovery.
If you have recently completed addiction treatment or are participating in a treatment program at Relevance Recover in Freehold, NJ, talk to your treatment team about how sober living in Monmouth County, NJ, can help on your journey to long-term recovery. The support provided by treatment staff and peer groups can be of significant benefit during the often challenging early stages of sobriety. If you would like to learn more about our sober living community or our addiction treatment programs in New Jersey, contact the admissions team at Relevance Recovery today.