Getting the Most Out of Sober Living
August 23, 2016


How to Get the Most Out of Sober Living

Sober living is an extremely crucial step in the recovery process. When taking part in a sober living program, people have the opportunity to experience being part of a community along with deep and profound healing. Sober living makes it easy for individuals to meet other people who are also new to the recovery process.

Sober homes help to transition each resident back to the “real world” following treatment for drugs or alcohol. Residents will learn responsibility and will have a certain level of accountability while living in the sober home. This will usually include following house rules, chore responsibilities, work or school responsibilities, curfews, and more. Getting the most out of your sober living experience can help to set yourself up for long-term sobriety. Below are a few tips to help you get the most out of a sober living experience.  

Understand the rules and consequences.

The rules in each sober living facility may differ, but the majority have similar rules focused on issues of substance use and abuse, curfews, chore responsibilities, or the use of common areas. If the rules are broken, it could mean expulsion from the program. This is why it is so important to have a full understanding of the rules and what is expected of you while residing in a sober living home.

Ask for support or advice.

While in a sober home you will often still have the support of addiction counselors, therapists, and support groups, but other residents can also be a great resource for advice. Turning to residents that have been sober for a long period of time can help to provide guidance for various challenges you may face in recovery.

Respect for others and their space.

Living in a communal setting isn’t always easy and sometimes sacrifices must be made. Residents must adapt to being respectful of the other residents. Being mindful of sharing the common areas of the house is another part of sober home living. You may even have a roommate that you will need to learn to be considerate and respectful of. This is all part of living in a sober home environment and helps you to learn various life coping skills.

It is important for those in early recovery to surround themselves with positive and supportive people to create a safe environment. Residents living in a sober home are provided the opportunity to interact and bond with positive influences and people with shared goals during these crucial first months of recovery.

If you would like additional information about sober living facilities in West Palm Beach, A New Start, Inc. can help. Call us today for more information at 844.TALK.ANS.

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