After completing an inpatient rehabilitation program for the treatment of drug or alcohol addiction, many individuals in early recovery still require careful monitoring to ensure continued abstinence from the use of harmful substances. Sober support, peer interaction with others who are also sober and working towards recovery, and continued accountability are not always found in an entirely independent living situation. Sober transitional housing bridges the gap.
Understanding Early Sobriety
The early stages of sobriety can sometimes create an emotional roller coaster with many ups and downs along the way. New feelings are present, new ideals are in effect and completely changed routines are now necessary in order to continue living sober. For most recovering addicts, all of these changes surmount to create deep feelings of anxiety, apprehension, elation, and overall emotional imbalance.
This doesn’t mean that living sober isn’t the best possible change you can make with your life—just that early sobriety is not always easy or comfortable for that matter. In order to combat the challenges of reintegrating back into everyday routines and living sober, many turn to sober transitional living programs for help.
How Does Sober Transitional Living Help?
The best support for those who are overcoming addiction to drugs or alcohol often comes from others who understand the current situation of the recovering addict because they have been in the same shoes. Sober living helps individuals in early recovery to feel comfortable in their own skin. Because other residents of the transitional housing program are also in recovery and have also suffered some of the same emotional hurdles themselves, residents no longer feel ashamed of their situation and can focus on continued healing and growth in their own sobriety.
Transitional housing helps the recovering addict to get a head start on sober living by providing:
- Assistance in finding employment, learning new skills for work or adhering to new work schedules that will help the individual to maintain gainful employment.
- Support that aids in the adjustment back to sobriety and the daily routine of making responsible decisions, maintaining responsibilities and dealing with everyday emotional struggles such as stress, boredom or anger.
- Guidance in all aspects of sober living including help with rebuilding relationships that were broken as a result of addiction.
- Transportation to and from work, to treatment, or to handle everyday routines such as grocery shopping, applying for work, or going to school.
- Monitoring that ensures continued accountability for actions—residents are required to submit to random drug or alcohol testing.
Early sobriety can be challenging even for the most committed, strong-willed individual. You don’t have to walk through the early stages of recovery and sober living on your own. Sober transitional housing helps individuals through the first few months of recovery and sober living offering a potential key to continued abstinence—and continued sobriety.