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Should My Loved One Go Into a Sober Living Facility After Substance Abuse Treatment?

Understanding what path to choose during early sobriety can be difficult. So much is new, now that you have completed treatment and realized the need to change your thinking and behaviors. The old crutches you used to cope with stress and emotions are no longer an option. So how can you best help yourself succeed in life and recovery? The answer is a sober living facility.

Sober living facilities provide structure, support, and security for those new to recovery. Many people feel that the longer spent in treatment and sober living, the better the probability of achieving lifelong sobriety. The reason for this common conviction is that the stronger the foundation in sobriety, the better. For most people, time and surrounding oneself in a sober environment are the keys to this firm foundation.

At A Better Today Recovery Services, we strongly encourage participation in sober living for those transitioning out of treatment. The benefits of sober living are beyond measure. Sober living can facilitate and encourage strong friendships, healthy relationships, and everything one needs to proceed forward toward a bright and prosperous future in life and recovery.

Encouraging your loved one to get involved in a sober living establishment promotes long-lasting recovery from drugs & alcohol. An environment that promotes relapse prevention is what they need the most right now.

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Healthy boundaries means drawing the line & abandoning the enabling behaviors that caused strain on the relationship to begin with.

Establishing Healthy Boundaries Can Strengthen Your Family’s Bonds

One of the most important lessons taught by treatment centers and sober living facilities is healthy boundaries. Personal boundaries identify the limits and behaviors we permit others to extend toward ourselves.

During active addiction, boundaries are altered such that people accept unhealthy behaviors and violations to their person. For example, being overextended and over-committed, or engaging in behaviors that benefit others to the detriment of oneself. Continuing to allow oneself to be taken advantage of in any way can lead to emotional and psychological distress, which can quickly cause a relapse into old behaviors and use of mind-altering, addictive substances.

The importance of healthy boundaries is immense, as they define what we consider acceptable behaviors toward ourselves and how we interact with the world around us. The tactics employed to protect oneself from violations help people keep themselves happy and safe for the rest of their lives. This means you can say no when you need to and yes only when you want.

When someone from your using past shows up in your life with your drug of choice, you can assert healthy boundaries and prevent the situation from getting out of hand. The people in our lives who cause stress and negativity can also be lovingly and healthily managed such that they are not able to drain us of energy or a positive outlook.

Having Confidence When You Graduate a Substance Abuse Treatment Program Means Exploring Aftercare Options

At A Better Today Recovery Services, we can help you find a treatment center that offers a protective and comfortable environment. The transition to the next phase of recovery can be nerve-racking for anyone. There is no need for nerves, however. We can help you find many excellent sober living facilities that make the move from inpatient to sober living a smooth transition.

Imagine yourself waking up surrounded by others in sobriety, in an environment where no drugs or alcohol are allowed. Then imagine yourself waking up where you have been living, with a spouse, parents, or alone. Now, honestly consider which one is more likely to promote healthy living and staying clean and sober.

Most people, if they are being truly honest, identify with the first option, which is sober living. Surrounding yourself with others who are learning to live free from mood and mind-altering substances can have a positive impact beyond words. Each individual motivates the others, while the community aspect has an undeniable healing effect.

Many treatment centers offer intensive outpatient programs as another way to continue the learning, support, and emotional progress that began during inpatient treatment. Usually, intensive outpatient programs include educational classes, group therapy sessions, relapse prevention work, healthy coping strategies, and more. This type of program is critical for many, as it helps to guide people while they are actively engaging with the world.

The lessons are no longer theoretical and to be remembered for a later time. Patients support each other and work through problems and difficulties that they are facing at that moment. Patients learn things in intensive outpatient programs that they can carry into their lives.

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ABTRS’s Guide to the Right Sober Living Can Mean the World of a Difference Between Recovery & Relapse

Sober living is not just a place, but a multidimensional healing tool. Some people fear coming in contact with a drink or a drug as they do not feel secure enough in their sobriety to be around substances without a slip-up. As a place, it provides a safe environment in which to live, sleep, eat or just exist without fear of substances or abuse from people.

This is not a place to spend days on end watching Netflix and napping. Sober living motivates patients to get out and get a job, go to school, and get involved in the sober community. Many sober living centers require that residents have a job within a few weeks or a month of moving in. This provides the motivation to get out and rejoin society without unreasonable expectations.

The community environment is really what makes sober living a place of healing. Fellow inhabitants confide and listen to each other, offering words of wisdom and emotional support. These relationships often turn into foundational friendships that pass the test of time.

The larger sober community is another excellent way to enlarge one’s support network. Getting out and getting connected at meetings, fellowship centers, and other recovery meccas greatly benefits all involved.

The Sober Community is Waiting: Support Groups & The 12-Step Program

12-step programs are the most well-established and proven recovery method available. We can help you find a treatment center that fully embraces the 12-step approach. The 12-step program focuses on helping people recover from their addictions by focusing on faith and repairing their relationships with others. Many rehab centers and sober living facilities have adopted and adapted the 12-step program. Also, residential centers often require regular meeting attendance as a part of their program.

Remaining connected to others in sobriety is critical to maintaining your own sobriety. Few diseases require the treatment methodology that addiction does. Going to meetings regularly may seem strange at first, but the process will soon become second-nature. Stick with the program and the program will benefit you and your life beyond measure.

What is the 12-step program?

For those unfamiliar with the 12 steps may doubt the validity or effectiveness of the program. Most people new to the program enter with skepticism and criticism that 12 simple suggestions or steps can really be so effective and influential. Actually, they can change lives dramatically and facilitate miracles. People with nothing left in life recover and gain in most every area. Those who were friendless often find that the longer they stay in the program, the larger their network of friends becomes. These programs are a sanctuary for all seeking sobriety and provide the necessary tools to succeed in life.

The 12-steps is an outline for how to effectively and healthily live life. The resentments and fears that led people to use are systematically removed. The isolation and loneliness are also sought and destroyed. The character defects that caused a repetitive cycle of self-defeating behaviors are analyzed, discussed and then targeted by the person for removable from daily behaviors and thought patterns.

What is a sponsor?

The sponsor is a critical component of the 12-step program. You choose a sponsor and work with him or her on a regular basis. Find someone who has something that appeals to you. For instance, if you want to return to school and complete a degree, find someone who overcame a similar obstacle. Or, perhaps simply base your decision on a general indescribable feeling that you find positive.

These programs have worked wonders in the lives of millions of people who identify as an alcoholic/addict. Many people with significant time in recovery will tell you that they could not have done it without the 12 steps and the program. The lessons and revelations that 12-step programs bequeath change live in a phenomenal way. It is no wonder why most treatment centers prefer to base their program on the 12 steps. They work—it’s that simple.


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Exploring These Reliable Resources Will Help You Make Decisions

When you are researching rehabs, treatment cost, and aftercare plans for substance abuse you want reliable information that will truly help you convince your loved one to go to rehab. You want to help them the best way you can and finding reputable information is important in the decision to get them the help they need for their addiction. Finding trustworthy information can be challenging. There is so much out there, and no one wants to base their life-changing decisions on fake news.

ABTRS provides knowledge about the recovery process from unbiased resources. Below is a list of sources we utilize that will provide impartial information that is not funded by organizations that could benefit from certain outcomes, and proven or tested to be effective for substance abuse treatment and aftercare. We will continue to try to provide you with reputable sources that are up to date and relevant.

Store.samhsa.gov. (2019). The Next Step Toward a Better Life | SAMHSA Publications. [online] Available at: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/The-Next-Step-Toward-a-Better-Life/SMA14-4474 [Accessed 20 Feb. 2019].

Polcin, D. L., Korcha, R., Bond, J., & Galloway, G. (2010). What did we learn from our study on sober living houses and where do we go from here?. Journal of psychoactive drugs, 42(4), 425-33.

SAMHSA. (2019). Recovery and Recovery Support. [online] Available at: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/recovery [Accessed 19 Feb. 2019].

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