When you complete an addiction treatment program, you’ll be faced with questions. Do you have a place to live? Is it drug-free? Will you be exposed to too much “real life” before you’re ready to manage those situations effectively? Sober living allows for a smoother transition for those leaving a program.
In this setting, you continue to work on the skills you learned in rehab and grow stronger.
Guidance and Support When You Need It
When you’re in a sober living program, there are people around 24/7. When you need to talk something through or need advice about a job hunt, they’re here for you. They can help you stay accountable to your recovery goals and yourself.
These programs have access to resources like:
- Long term residence for those who need it. When you feel strong enough to get out there on your own, you can choose to leave.
- A home-like environment when where you can stay away from people and places that trigger you while you get stronger emotionally and physically
- A 24/7 house manager
- Job search/placement services
- 12-Step programs on-site or nearby
Sober living homes also have a zero-tolerance policy for using in the home and regular drug tests. This helps maintain a drug-free environment for all.
Start Developing a Constructive Routine
You’ll have house rules to follow in a sober living program and certain activities to attend each day. These might include breakfast at a certain time, 12-step attendance, work/school time, hygiene, home responsibilities, curfew, etc.
Structure helps the brain build healthy neural pathways that become healthy habits that you’ll continue after the program.
Build Sober Relationships
When you’re in partial hospitalization treatment or intensive outpatient, you’re often discouraged from getting too close to those in the program with you. That’s so you can focus on yourself, your healing, your life.
But as you progress, developing meaningful relationships with others in recovery is essential to a sustainable recovery plan. You share common struggles.
They know what substance cravings feel like. They’ve also experienced loss when they can’t hang out with friends who are still abusing drugs. They know how a sudden bout of depression or anxiety can trigger a relapse.
But they have also worked on the program. You can learn what’s working for them. And with time, the conversation moves away from your old life as you talk about hopes for the future, goals, and achievements.
When the brain and body are getting the nutrients they need, they function better. Hormones stay more balanced, so it’s easier to manage emotions. Physical and mental health symptoms often improve.
House managers may plan healthy meals each day. And those in the program often take turns preparing the meals and learning healthy cooking at the same time.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Going from a treatment program back into your community can feel like jumping in the deep end of the pool when you can’t swim. Some parents may believe this sink or swim approach is the best way to learn. But this doesn’t work in recovery.
You need a chance to grow stronger mentally and emotionally in a setting where you can start getting back to a semi-normal life but still have full-time support when you need it.
As you become stronger and meet the goals you’ve set, you’ll develop new ones and slowly earn more responsibility and privileges. You’ll then become a mentor for those coming in behind you.
Structured Sober Living in Northern Illinois
You don’t have to drive to Chicago to find a quality sober living program. Northern Illinois Recovery treats all substance abuses in individualized treatment programs to meet your needs like:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Outpatient treatment
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Telehealth rehab program
- Dual Diagnosis therapy
Are you uncertain about life after rehab? A transitional housing program can help you make a move. Please call us at 855.786.1978 to learn more about our program.