What happens after residential addiction treatment? If you have struggled with addiction, going to treatment my have loomed so large that you didn't consider what happens after. Unfortunately, after a 30- to 90-day residential addiction treatment program, addiction doesn’t just magically disappear. Immediately returning to the same conditions that surrounded you when you were using or drinking may be triggering. To continue having a lasting recovery after residential addiction treatment, you must have a supportive transition back to life outside of treatment. For many, that's sober living. So what is sober living and how can it help prevent relapse?
What Is Sober Living?
Sober living is a transitional residence that provides a drug- and alcohol-free environment for people in early recovery. For someone who returns from residential addiction treatment, being surrounded by the same triggers, people, and easy access to available substances can make it extremely difficult to continue to stay sober. To ease the transition to early recovery, Acqua Recovery offers a men’s sober living program.
What Does Sober Living Offer?
At Acqua Recovery, we recommend sober living for everyone following residential addiction treatment. Acqua’s men’s sober living house offers:
-A drug- and alcohol-free residence
-Comfortable furnished bedrooms
-Weekly meetings with all residents
-Encouragement to attend multiple weekly recovery group meetings outside the residence
How Can Sober Living Help With Relapse Prevention?
Residential addiction treatment teaches those struggling with substance abuse the tools to build a foundation for a lasting recovery in the real world. Sober living after residential addiction treatment, continues to provide an environment without drugs and alcohol, but it also allows those in early recovery to continue to build on the foundation established in treatment. Sober living is a great environment for relapse prevention, and can give you a more successful chance at sustained sobriety.
What's more, sober living also allows you to live with others in early recovery who can relate to your situation. In a sober living environment, residents support each other in their personal transition back to life after residential treatment. At Acqua Recovery, our sober living manager, Chris S., is passionate about helping those in early recovery and enjoys supporting them in renewing their life. Chris has an open-door policy and is always there for the residents at Acqua men’s sober living in any way they need, whether it's to lend an ear or to help in finding a recovery support meeting. To find out more about Acqua’s alumnus and sober living manager, Chris, click HERE.
The Guide to Living in Recovery
At Acqua Recovery, we care about helping our clients achieve freedom from addiction in a totally renewed life. That’s why we encourage the residents of our men’s sober living community to work or volunteer during their stay. We'll help you find the resources you need to find a job or volunteer, including helping with resumes and preparing for interviews. By working or attending an IOP (intensive outpatient program) while in sober living, you will learn how to get the support you need when stress or triggers come along and help you work through those issues utilizing healthy coping mechanisms.
We also encourage our residents to attend at least four recovery support groups of their choice each week. Support groups such as, AA, NA, SMART, and others are helpful in early recovery, as they provide support and give a sense of community during your transition from residential addiction treatment back to real life.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, reach out to us today. At Acqua Recovery, our team truly cares about helping people find lasting recovery. We help each of our clients develop a recovery plan that’s best for them, including treatment, sober living, and aftercare. Give our caring admissions team, Matt, Brian, and Ashlee, a call today to take the first step toward a refreshed you and a renewed life.