Recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is a lifelong process that takes constant attention, consideration and effort to maintain.
The toughest work, of course, takes place in those early days, just after you take that last hit or final sip.
The detox and withdrawal are arduous.
The rehab itself plumbs the depths of your psyche to uncover the roots of addiction and help you develop new ways to think & interact with the world.
It’s all part of the process.
By the time you get to the end of treatment you’ve put in weeks and perhaps months of work but that’s not the end of it. You’ll always be an active participant in maintaining your sobriety so how do you give yourself the best shot of sustaining it once you leave treatment?
For some, the answer is to rely on support services and recovery assistance like a sober living facility.
What Is a Sober Living Facility?
A sober living facility, sober living home or halfway house as they’re sometimes referred to, offers a transition from a rehab facility to the real world.
Life in a residential inpatient center is much different from your day-to-day life. In treatment, you’re in a controlled and supervised environment, focused squarely and totally on your recovery program. There are quite literally no outside distractions and you don’t go to work, school or interact with people from your “old” life.
Despite being equipped with tools to cope with triggers that might lead to relapse, you’re in something of a fragile state after rehab. You haven’t had the chance to really put into practice all that you’ve learned and going back to your old neighborhood or living situation can be daunting.
A sober living home is exactly what it sounds like; a supportive place you can live which is completely free of drugs or alcohol and therefore without the temptation. While your days aren’t as structured and regimented as inpatient care, each sober living facility has rules to follow; often a curfew and usually a requirement to attend therapy sessions or some sort of support group like a 12-step program.
Moreover, you’ll be surrounded by people who are on the same journey as you and have gone through similar events, forming a community of sober-minded individuals that serve to build each other up through those shared experiences. You can perhaps even come away with strong, lasting friendships that are founded on sobriety which can be hugely beneficial.
Unlike inpatient care, you’re not required to stay at a sober living home 24/7. You have more independence and can slowly start to reintegrate into regular life. You’re able to go to and from work or school and take care of whatever your responsibilities might be to family and friends.
How Inneractions Sober Living Facility Can Help You Maintain Sobriety for the Long Run
The goal of rehab is not just to help you get clean but also to assist you in understanding your addiction and ultimately how to cope with it. A sober living facility picks up where that leaves off by allowing you to ease your transition back to the daily grind. It serves to set you up for lasting sobriety that you can hold onto and nurture for the long haul.
Our Inneractions Sober Living Environment in Woodland Hill, California, or The ISLE as it’s come to be known by our residents both past and present, offers all those aforementioned benefits housed in a luxurious Southern California retreat. A quiet, private place to call your own from which you can set yourself up for a lifetime of sobriety.
Get in touch with us to learn more about our sober living facility and if it’s right for you.