Can You Do Sober Living If you’re Already Living in Recovery?
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Sober living is often thought of as a transitional choice. Many individuals move into a sober living home after leaving an inpatient facility or even after incarceration. Others may choose a sober living home as their primary addiction treatment. But what if you’re already living in recovery––can you still do sober living?
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Sober Living Strengthens Recovery
According to a study from the NCBI, “Sober living houses… are a good example of services that have been neglected in the addiction literature that might help individuals who need an alcohol and drug-free living environment to succeed in their recovery.” While some individuals come to these facilities because they need somewhere to begin their recovery, there is also the possibility that staying at a sober living house can strengthen a recovery that has already begun.
This could be the case in certain examples such as
- A person who has realized their living situation does not bode well for their fragile recovery
- A person who decides to move from pharmacological maintenance treatment to medically-assisted withdrawal
- A person who realizes their recovery is just as hard for them six months in as it was three months in
In these situations, all the individuals are living in recovery, but they may need extra help in the form of a living situation that strengthens their priority of staying sober. If you feel that one of these conditions is similar to yours, you could benefit from sober living, even though you are already living in recovery.
The possibility for relapse is always present, and even though it does make things more difficult, relapsing does not mean you need to start over from scratch. According to the NIDA, “As with other chronic illnesses, relapses to drug abuse can occur and should signal a need for treatment to be reinstated or adjusted.”
People who relapse are still in recovery, but they may need to consider moving toward a better living situation. In order to avoid the temptation of further relapse at home, staying at a sober living house can be a wonderful choice and provide them with many options for living their lives the same way as they had before, just with more structure. This way, they can still work, attend school, and participate in many other activities that they would not be able to if they returned to inpatient treatment.
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Sober Living is for Everyone
Sober living is not just transitional living. It is a type of residence that is beneficial to people in all stages of their treatment and recovery depending on their particular needs. You do not have to still be in treatment or currently leaving a treatment facility to have the option of doing sober living.
Being in recovery does not mean that you are past asking for help, and sober living houses can provide the kind of structure and care you may need at this time without going back to a treatment facility. Especially because these homes offer no formal treatment themselves, the choice could be a perfect middle ground for this particular situation.