Remaining strong faced with temptation all day and every day is hard.
Sober living is often a good way for a recovering addict to start to re-integrate back into society. However, finding the right sort of accommodation is not always easy.
One of the big advantages of sober living is that it can allow the newly treated patient to continue treatment outside the original rehabilitation center and adjust to life in the outside world while still being surrounded with like-minded people who also want to make a full recovery.
At the same time, it allows freedom of movement since the individual is more or less his or her “own boss” and can come and go at will.
However, it should be noted that sober living accommodation can vary considerably and may have fairly strict rules in some cases, and in others may be more relaxed.
Some common rules are:
The most important thing is that each individual is just that – an individual – and will have different needs and requirements, depending on the particular point he or she has reached on the road to recovery, and also whether other problems are involved, such as mental health problems like anxiety or depression.
Some people will leave a New York rehab center feeling reasonably confident about making it on their own, while others will be terrified that they might not be able to do it.
Of course, sober living will tie in nicely with any aftercare program and give each individual extra support that they might very well not get anywhere else.
The best way to find good sober living is to discuss the various alternatives with the rehab center personnel who will have contacts and knowledge of the various sober living accommodation available in the area, and maybe further afield as well.
There may be occasions when an individual might be better off and have a greater chance of successful recovery by living in a new area away from dealers and friends who might otherwise contribute towards a relapse.
It is a good idea to make a list of the things that you feel will make you contented in a sober living environment. You can do this in conjunction with your counselor who will be able to help guide you in the right direction.
Then make certain to ask the owners of the accommodation how their property meets your needs, and ask any questions that you wish.
The most important thing is your continued recovery and you need to be certain that sober living will help you to achieve just that.
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