Sober Living

Choosing To Go To Sober Living After Rehab

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Recovery Can Be Overwhelming Right Outside Of Rehab

Sober Living – By the time most people get out of rehab, they are ready to go home and sleep in the warmth and comfort of their own bed. They believe they have overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol and are convinced they can stay clean for the rest of their lives. We say, “Not so fast!”

Although it may not seem like it, rehab is the easy part when it comes to maintaining sobriety. Of course, we recognize that in-patient treatment is no walk in the park. It is not easy. It is a very painful, challenging, and difficult process. Nevertheless, when you are in rehab, you are safely tucked away in an environment that keeps you in check. 

In treatment, you don’t have the stress and triggers of everyday living to worry about. All you have to do is focus on your recovery. You don’t have to worry about the daily responsibilities that come with work, raising a family, paying bills, and everything else that comes with being a human being.

Many people leave rehab feeling solid in their sobriety and ready to take on the world. Only to return home and find that they cannot manage everything that comes with being sober. This is quite common. For this very reason, sober living is often the right choice for people just leaving rehab.

What Is Sober Living?

Sober living houses are residential homes that have been designated as sober living facilities. There are a number of different types of sober living houses.

Some sober living houses are covered by insurance and associated with treatment facilities. They offer a very structured and formal setting that feels very much like a rehabilitation center. Other sober houses are privately owned and much more informal. They function as roommate kind of situation where several sober people live together and split the living expenses.

In sober living, you would have your own room, but share your living space, bathroom, and kitchen with other sober people. Many people think it’s fun and exciting to share a sober living house with other people who are walking the same path they are.

Why Choose A Sober Living Environment?

Most people choose to go to a sober living house right when they leave rehab and stay there while they complete Intensive Outpatient treatment or Aftercare. This allows them to acclimate to living outside of rehab while maintaining sobriety – without making the full leap back into their regular lives.

Some people find a sober house after they have been out of rehab for awhile because they find that living alone is just too difficult and they want to room with other people in recovery.

In sober living, you get to fellowship with other recovering people so you can get the support you need. This will help you stay clean and sober while working your program and getting used to life outside of rehab. This is the right choice for people who want to build a more solid foundation in their recovery. 

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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