Top Five Benefits of Sober Living
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For many addicts in the early stages of sobriety, the transition from rehabilitation center to life at home is a very scary and difficult one. It is so important that the recovering addict remain focused on their recovery and the benefits they will now see each day with their success. Sober living homes offer the addict a safe haven in which they are kept away from the daily temptations of their lives as they learn recovery. So what are the benefits of a Sober Living home? In a study released by the National Institute of Health providing sober living homes to assist in the transition from a rehab center to a normal daily life has become very beneficial to the addict.
Sober living homes offer a “bridge” for the recovery addict. Life after rehab can be very intimidating to a person who is now entering a completely different lifestyle. Typically their lives may have been in shambles before they entered recovery. Going back to that situation right after completing treatment could be very difficult and may even result in relapse. Sober Living homes provide the much needed after care to make that transition go a bit smoother.
Another benefit of entering sober living is the focus of the addict’s recovery. The house has rules, which must be always be followed and there are no drugs or alcohol allowed on the premises. There is also a 12-step program that each resident must attend to assist in their transition to life on their own.
A major benefit to sober living is the amount of much needed support that is provided at the home. Most times the addicts leaving recovery are still in a very fragile state and need a lot of support and encouragement to stay on track. Peer support along with group meetings and the professional staff of the home are always available to encourage and assist the addict in maintaining clean living.
Additionally structure plays a key role in adjusting to this “new found life” and sober living homes are able to provide the structure need to regulate an addict’s routine. This is a much-needed benefit for them as their life prior to rehab was most likely completely unstructured and now facing reentry into that world could cause a relapse or the recovering addict.
One of the most important benefits to sober living homes is the benefit of responsibility. The addict now has responsibilities that he must perform whether they are daily, weekly or monthly as a condition of becoming a resident the addict must accept this. It may be as simple as cooking a meal for the other residents, cleaning or even becoming gainfully employed. The addict must also find a sponsor and attend group meetings that will assist in their recovery into a world that they either haven’t ever known or haven’t seen in some time.
As you can see the benefits of sober living are great and although they may not be for everyone there are so many that this type of living has helped.