The Benefits of Sober Living
Making the decision to lead a life free of alcohol and addiction is not easily done. It takes a serious amount of time and commitment in order to reap the benefits of the process that can make the difference between a successful recovery and a vicious cycle of relapsing. While the benefits of sober living and sober living homes are difficult to list all at once, we’ve taken the time to determine what the top five benefits to sober living are.
Having the Support of Others 24/7
Much like the initial addiction treatment, sober living provides constant supervision and a safety net for all residents, allowing them to feel confident that they are safe and taken care of in the event of cravings, urges or a lapse in sobriety. Not only does our staff provide this support, but other residents will be able to offer a helping hand as well as extra perspectives and insights that fuel motivation for recovery.
Creating New, Healthy Connections
A sober living home houses groups of individuals all with the same goal in life, sobriety. Even though the time spent in a sober living home is temporary, the connections and relationships made during this time are done on a sober basis on the grounds that sobriety is the goal. Making each connection more meaningful in this way leads to many fellow residents staying in touch for support and friendship years after completing their stay.
Learning to Live Without Alcohol
For many residents, alcohol has been the driving force in their life for decades. Learning to live while sober takes time and a compassionate support group willing to be patient during the process. An individual’s life will never be the same after becoming sober, and it’s all for the better. Now that alcohol isn’t hindering the mind, skills such as budgeting and job hunting can be taught and fully retained. The 12 steps each resident goes through will also improve their relationships and help to teach them about healthy boundaries going forward.
Getting Things Back to the New Normal
Once an individual has learned how to live their life without being under the influence, they can start exploring their new life and creating their new normal. This entails job hunting, sustaining healthy relationships and learning what to do with their new spare time that was previously taken up by drinking. Most residents also leave with a new job and schedule that they’ll need to stick to, a skill taught during the routines kept at Barry’s House.
Reducing Relapse Rates
Addiction is a lifelong battle, a disease that has no cure. Even though this seems like an unwinnable battle, the goal isn’t to no longer fight addiction. The goal is to empower and equip every individual with the tools and skills needed to squash any and all cravings or impulses that would lead to relapse. Remember, a lapse is a momentary speed bump that still allows for a user to go back to sobriety after a single drink was mistakenly had. Relapse is the full transition back to alcohol addiction and the behaviors that come with it.
Knowing all of the benefits sober living provides, it’s no surprise that recovery treatment plans include it during the aftercare portion of the process.
Don’t let your roadmap skip over such an important stop, learn all of the other ways sober living can help anyone recovering from alcohol addiction.