Why Are Sober Living Facilities So Important?
It is recommended that after inpatient treatment you should transfer to a sober living facility. The structure that sober living facilities provide creates a safe environment from relapse. The facilities offer services like drug tests, support groups, and provide transportation.
Living in a place with such restrictions might scare people away, but it is actually a place where you can get familiar with living a sober life with others like yourself. You can still have your personal freedom and have a chance to slowly transition your life without substance abuse.
Here are the lesser-known benefits that people might not know if they haven’t been to one.
Sober Living Facilities
This is a place for transitioning. It will be difficult to start living on your own right out of treatment. But it is also a place to meet new sober friends and start healthy, good habits. It is, on average, six months out of your life, but those months can make all the difference.
Support and Guidance
Many sober living facilities have managers that live on site and are there to help 24/7. You never know when a recovery-related issue will occur and having that support nearby is very beneficial. These managers are usually past clients that have been through exactly what you will be going through in a sober living house. With their past experience comes helpful knowledge and tips that can definitely make your life a little better.
Learning the Value of Patience
In sober living facilities you will be living with people you probably never met before, and you will probably have to share a room with one or two other people. All these people are in the same situation you are. For some people, this living situation can be extremely difficult. In order to survive, you must learn patience and tolerance.
Relearn Life Skills
Having structure is an important part of sober living facilities and people in recovery need structure in their lives. Things like personal hygiene, laundry, and spending money wisely, and paying bills are all life skills that might have gotten thrown to the wind while addicted to substances or alcohol.
Learning about money and how to handle it is one of the most important skills that are necessary to live in society. You will learn how to save money, open a checking account, establish credit, pay bills on time, and more. In a sober living facility, you will relearn how to function in society and take care of yourself emotionally and physically.
A Sober Living Facility is a Safe Place
For those who have family and people close to them, living in a halfway house will definitely give them a peace of mind that you are safe. Living with other people may be difficult to you, but your family and friends will be relieved that you aren’t living anywhere worse, like on the streets.
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