Living a sober and clean life has its challenges, but it can be done. It took a great deal of effort and financial support to maintain an active alcoholism and drug addiction. The tools and the support provided in both alcohol and drug rehabs, as well as utilizing the 12 Step programs, help those addicted to drugs and alcohol learn to live sober and remain in recovery.
The right aftercare addiction treatment program is crucial to maintaining abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Living a sober life means staying clean and sober. If you have questions about living sober and clean, call 800-993-3869 Recovery Connection's 24 hours a day, 7 days a week helpline. All calls are confidential.
There are people who go through alcohol and drug rehabilitation and stop using substances. However, they do not choose to integrate the concept of self-reflection and continued personal and spiritual growth. Oftentimes, this pattern of behavior can lead people to replace one addiction for another, such as replacing drinking with gambling, or drugging with workaholism.
This behavior can lead to a relapse or a life filled with pain caused by a new addiction. A sober recovery is one in which an addict or alcoholic seeks to live without self-destructive behaviors. Sober living, by its name implies that problems are addressed and handled immediately without the drama, extreme emotions, or self-destructive behaviors that accompanied drug and alcohol use.
The following are some components of a sober recovery:
- Being honest
- Sharing emotions
- Using a support system to address problems
- Avoiding isolation
- Going to therapy when needed
- Maintaining healthy relationships
- Engaging in self-affirming behaviors
- Healthy exercise regimes
- Eating healthy foods
- Attending 12 Step meetings
- Attending to spiritual needs
- Stress relieving therapies
Balance is the key to a sober recovery.
Sober Recovery Houses provide the newly recovering addict and alcoholic with the safety of learning to face the challenges of daily living without the increased pressure of dealing with friends and family, some of whom may or may not be supportive of the process. A quality sober living home will allow the addict and alcoholic time to develop his/her coping skills. After some sober time, the recovering person can return home feeling stronger and more confident.
The main goal of a recovery house is to provide residents with a safe and supportive environment in which to practice sobriety. A sober recovery house is a solution for those early in addiction treatment who require continued structure in their life as they re-integrate into their daily activities. Living with others who are focused on sobriety and recovery can help create a firm foundation before returning home to the challenges of daily living.
Recovery houses may require residents to participate in programs and activities including house meetings, support groups, and household chores. Residents must also abide by a specific set of rules administered by the halfway house staff. Rules are unique to each individual house but usually include abstaining from drug or alcohol use, not engaging in violent behavior, and attending active self-help or group meetings. Residents are given the opportunities and the resources needed to pursue employment, take care of issues with social services or legal problems, and search for future housing.
Once drugs and alcohol are removed from the process of living, a person may be faced with the damage caused by drugs and alcohol. Putting down the drink or drug does not remove the financial problems or the legal problems created during active addiction.
There are problems, challenges, losses, and successes that will confront all recovering addicts and alcoholics. Taking the tools and strategies learned in substance abuse treatment will give the addict the confidence to continue to maintain sobriety. Sober living is far more rewarding then a recovery filled with relapses, new addictions, and disappointment caused by unaddressed issues.
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