There is something very moving about successfully getting through a stint in rehab. It’s that feeling of overcoming something dangerous that gives people a sense of hope about the future. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol addictions are powerful beasts. They can be arrested, but they can’t ever be defeated altogether. They will be lying in wait, looking for a moment of weakness to make a reappearance.
Upon leaving rehab, you will need to be honest with yourself. You will need to assess how you really feel about your recovery and the strength you have to move forward on your own. There is no shame in feeling a little shaky about your prospects of staying sober. Without a doubt, you have been through a very difficult process.
Here is what you need to consider. After completing treatment, your addiction treatment staff will most likely educate you about aftercare resources you will have at your disposal. For your own benefit, pay close attention to what they tell you. Those aftercare resources are there for you if you feel you need that extra push into recovery.
Remember, your therapist has a limited amount of time to work with you. It’s simply impossible to get you completely anchored to a solid recovery. It happens, but lots of recovering addicts need a little something extra in terms of help.
Let’s take a look at some of the aftercare options your therapist might have shared:
- Additional outpatient counseling after rehab
- Participation in 12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
- Participation in rehab sponsored alumni programs and events
- Spending time is a sober living environment
The first three items on this list are self-explanatory. It’s the last one that you might not fully understand. With that in mind, we want to tell you a little bit about sober living.
Who Should Continue Recovering at Delray Beach Halfway Houses?
Let’s assume you have just finished rehab at our Delray Beach rehab facility. Upon leaving the facility, we can refer you to a Delray Beach sober living home. We would do this at your request or if we feel you could benefit from a little more time working on your recovery.
You might be wondering, “why would I benefits from spending time in a sober living home?”
Sober living homes are ideally suited for people who have completed rehab but are not yet ready to go home. If someone returns home too soon, they might not be ready to adjust to life without leaning on drugs/alcohol. Theae are the folks that are most likely to face chronic relapses. For them, spending time in a sober living home could make a material difference.
If you decide to go the sober living route, you could benefit from knowing what to expect right from the beginning. First, you will need to be willing to follow rules. A sober living home’s rules exist for one reason, to provide structure to the lives of the people who live there.
While in the throes of addiction, it’s likely you threw convention out the window. You probably let yourself go, causing your life to fall apart. You are going to need time to recreate the kind of structure you will need to keep your recovery on track. You can get that from the time spent in a sober living home.
Since the rules are of vital importance, let’s take a look at some of the most basic rules the home manager will expect you to follow:
- Zero tolerance for alcohol use or drug use without a prescription
- Must be willing to submit to random drug testing
- Must be willing to participate in recovery programs and or counseling
- Maintain certain responsibilities around the home
- No inappropriate fraternization with other residents
- Must continue making progress in recovery
If you can follow the rules and concentrate on recovery, your chances of successfully returning to normal life will increase tenfold.
Before you start worrying about sober living, we want you to concentrate on asking for help. If you are ready to ask us to help you with your addiction issues, we will be there to answer the call. The path towards recovery starts with a call to our treatment facility at 833-846-5669. Once you place that call, we can bring you in and get you started towards reclaiming the life you deserve to live.