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Solidifying Your Sobriety with Sober Living

Many of us alcoholics and addicts do not know how to function normally with or without our substances in everyday life. The process of changing our destructive lifestyles to healthy and productive ones is not easy. To come out of institutions and go back to where we came from and stay sober can be extremely difficult and sometimes impossible without support. Fortunately Sober Living is an option for those of us who are not ready to go back into the world without a support group to help us. Sober living is like a bubble that shields us from the outside world while integrating us at the same time. We get to live with people who have the same problems as we do and understand our struggle. If you’ve ever had a fish tank, you know you cannot just put a new fish directly into the tank. You have to keep the fish in its bag inside the tank while it adjusts to the temperature before you release it. Sober Living does the same thing. It gives you the support in a safe environment while helping you adjust to being sober and developing the skills and tools you need to go out into the world. In sober living you are surrounded by alcoholics and addicts like yourself who will support and help you through this process. One of the most important things of sober living is the sense of community, and knowing you are not fighting this disease alone. These people may become your friends or people who will hold you accountable for your actions. You are much less likely...

The Importance of Aftercare

Inpatient rehab is typically an important step for people who are trying to get clean and sober. Usually the initial stay at an inpatient treatment facility is 30 days. However, judging by statistics, 30 days is many times not enough to build a proper foundation in recovery. Thirty days is a good amount of time for clearing your head, getting physically better and more emotionally stable, but the statistics show that most people who enter residential treatment and do not follow up with a strong aftercare plan, relapse. Aftercare (also known as extended care or continued care) is any form of treatment after a stay in inpatient rehab. Sober living, recovery houses, halfway houses, and outpatient rehabilitation all qualify as suitable aftercare options. The longer you stay in treatment the better their chances are of achieving long term sobriety. Entering a sober living is one of the best aftercare options. It is a period of time dedicated to transitioning you back into the normal flow of life while giving you extra help to stay sober. Not only does aftercare provide you with structure and a reminder of what your goals are but it assists in introducing you to new people who are going through similar struggles. It allows you to build a sober network and build bonds with those who are working the same type of program you are. Meeting new people and building a solid group of sober friends is an important part of recovery. Most aftercare programs will also integrate you into the 12 step fellowships. 12 step meetings are a great place to meet others in...