For those who have been through the chaotic journey of addiction, treatment can be a much needed change of pace. Treatment is a highly structured environment and is certainly conducive to healing. Someone who has struggled with addiction was likely living in toxic conditions, preventing them from seeking help sooner. Many might consider the process of treatment the easy part, with the subsequent stages being the most difficult. When a person is released from treatment, they are sent into the world with all the tools and coping strategies they learned. Yet, the outside world is much different from being inside the protected walls of treatment. You have the possibility of running into old using friends or driving by places you used to party, so having the maximum amount of tools on your belt is the most beneficial thing you can do.
In treatment, an individual is taught how to learn to love themselves and are placed with individuals who, at some point, felt the same ostracization. It’s important for someone who is newly clean and sober to stay in contact with people who are beneficial and healthy for their sobriety. Often times, an addict or alcoholic may have monetarily lost everything from their addiction, leaving them with limited options regarding where to go after treatment. Family members can frequently be one of the biggest contributors to a person’s addiction, so going home may not always be the best option for some people. In fact, many people actually move away for treatment and end up staying there. Getting a complete fresh start is often needed to produce long-term sobriety.
Sober living homes were developed to help connect the paths between treatment and fully resuming life’s commitments, and can be a great option for those who don’t have healthy alternatives. They are much less structured than an inpatient treatment program, but some can still be quite strict. Many sober living homes have house managers who ensure all residents are following house rules. House rules may include remaining abstinent from drugs and alcohol, random drug testing, various house responsibilities, going to twelve step meetings, and looking for work or going to school.
Being a part of a sober living environment can provide the discipline an individual new to recovery needs. Your prior addiction life was likely a self-will run riot, neglecting responsibilities and steamrolling anyone who stood in the way of your substance of choice. Sober living helps you slowly learn how to be a productive member of society so you may one day be able to function in an environment with no rules. There is no universal answer regarding where you should go after treatment. Each person needs to assess their individual situation and determine what is best for their sobriety.
From start to finish, Simple Recovery offers a full continuum of care to help you grow through your recovery journey. Our multi-tiered program is designed to help your loved one find success on a new path in life through school, work, and meaningful volunteering. Structured for progress, clients at Simple Recovery transition seamlessly through each phase of their recovery. For information on our full continuum of care options for recovery from addiction and co-occurring mental health, call us today: 888-743-0490