Regain Your Sobriety in a Sober Living House
Sober living means that you want to be clean and sober after being in treatment for either alcohol or drugs. The “house” part actually means that you are going to be living in a “commune” with people who are in the same situation as you. It can be in a house, an apartment, a condominium/loft, or even in a resort-type accommodation with suites and private enclaves. The goal is to keep you sober. The environment is designed to be conducive to relaxation and meditation. The staff and crew of a sober living house are trained and instructed to coach, to support and to encourage you on the road to sobriety.
The critical time during the recovery period is not the weaning off from the addictive substances. It is the “after” that is even harder because then you would have to totally reconstruct your life without any of these substances to bolster your self-esteem or your self-worth. That is why sober living houses are equally important because these will provide 24-hour support and companionship when you feel the need and the urge to get back to your previous disastrous habits.
Socialize and Sweat it Out to Achieve Sobriety
A sober living house will attempt to redefine your life based on better social relationships and here you will learn to interact with people, starting with your peers who are going and have gone through the same difficult situation as yourself. You will be encouraged to participate in games, like basketball or tennis, or whatever recreational sports they have on hand. Playing sports not only helps you with camaraderie; it also keeps you busy and your body gets in shape as well. You are also expected to attend and participate in support group meetings so that you have a better grasp of your situation based on what other people have also experienced.
Generally, meals are prepared by chefs so you really have nothing else to worry about. You can even take lessons in preparing healthy yet delicious meals so you can also cook them when you return to your own home and teach them to your own family. Some sober living houses require meditation and reflection as part of a daily routine to help you see the bigger picture and to help you keep your goals in focus.
Staying in a sober living house makes the transition from rehab to normal healthy living more bearable and more sustainable. It is all worth it when you can stay sober for good.