After drug rehab, a sober living home is a great transition for building your new life in recovery but how long should I stay to maximize my sobriety success?
In a recovering addict’s journey to sobriety, a lot of important factors contribute to success. The type and length of initial treatment, the person’s own desire to abstain, and the community in which he or she live are only some of the components that can make or break a recovery. Another crucial part of recovery is aftercare. There are numerous kinds of aftercare programs available for someone leaving inpatient drug or alcohol treatment. Some join 12-step support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous while others prefer to enroll in transitional care programs like a sober living home.
In a sober living home, an individual can gradually readjust to daily life while learning to cope with stress, find a job, and form new bonds with other recovering alcohol and drug users. But, as with many aftercare programs, the question of how long one should remain in post-treatment programs is often complicated. Unlike halfway houses, sober living homes allow a person to stay for longer than a designated timeframe. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends a full 90 days for abstinence success, although some leave earlier and some stay longer. With the option to reside in a sober living home as long as needed, the possibilities are endless.
Your length of stay in a sober living home depends largely on you. While sober living communities can indeed strengthen your resolve and provide you with valuable skills to move forward, your continued success in recovery will always be a lifelong journey. Addiction is an illness and the remedy for it takes effort.
Here are some things to consider:
· Your commitment to abstain. Honestly identify your strengths, weaknesses and feelings about addiction.
· Your support system. Positive and healthy relationships are key to maintaining sobriety.
· Your comfort level. Throughout sobriety, you have learned coping skills and stress management techniques to keep cravings at bay. Take a moment to honestly gauge your comfort level in leaving a sober living home.
· Your finances. While sober living homes generally cost less than an apartment, it is still important to take stock of your housing costs, employment income and how you plan to manage your money.
· Your health. Good nutrition and physical exercise are imperative. They contribute to an overall healthy body and mind and can help manage stress, boredom and cravings in a productive way.
For more information on sobriety and sober living homes, please contact BlueCove Homes at 844-425-8326.
About BlueCove Homes
BlueCove Homes remains committed toward the overall recovery process, and in doing so we are truly honored to network with some of the nation's leading residential and outpatient addiction treatment centers. We believe that each new day presents new opportunities to redefine quality sobriety, and our resolve in supporting the client's best interests will always remain foremost. We invite you to join us along the exciting path of redefining life in recovery!