Sober living facilities are a step up from alcohol-only rehabilitation. They offer a more balanced approach to recovery, complete with daytime hours and an array of classes. However, they also come with unique rules and restrictions you should know about before entering this new stage of your life.
Alcoholism treatment centers tend to be more structured than sober living homes or private homes, which sets them apart in ways many people might not know about. At The Recovery Village, we believe that people can benefit from the structure provided by a treatment center without suffering from the lack of freedom. This freedom is one of the benefits of joining a sober living facility.
Substance abuse is a disease that can devastate an individual’s life and the lives around them. This destructive habit can lead to various health issues, legal problems, financial problems, and more. When this habit is left untreated, it can deteriorate the individual life and other surrounding lives. Fortunately, some individuals want to help those who suffer from drug abuse and addiction.
Addiction and Alcoholism
Addiction and alcoholism are shared, but genuine issues are affecting individuals worldwide. Many individuals struggle with substance abuse at the high end of the disease or its lowest level. Individuals do not realize that they have a problem and instead blame others for their problems. Others hide their addiction from the world while they can still go out and use drugs despite knowing it is wrong.
Treatment of Addiction and Alcoholism
There are many options that a person can use to treat their addiction and alcoholism. Many people that suffer from this disease turn to private doctors, churches, and friends for help. Others may choose the traditional paths of joining an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting or going to a rehabilitation center. Whatever the choice, there is help out there for those who are ready to seek it out.
Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol
Recovery from drugs and alcohol is possible, but it is not something that will happen overnight. Many factors will determine the length of time it takes for a person to recover from this disease. One of the significant factors is whether or not the individual will commit to their treatment. The motivation for recovery must come from within, so finding something that triggers this motivation is essential in boosting a person’s chance for success.
Types of rules that sober living facilities have
•No Buying, Selling, or Sharing Alcohol
This is a simple rule that is put into place to help ensure that the residents of the facility are not drinking. Alcoholics must have developed a firm understanding of the effects of alcohol before they move into this type of facility. If they were allowed to continue purchasing alcohol after entering, it would only lead to relapse.
•No Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
Drugs are a coping mechanism for dealing with withdrawal symptoms from quitting drugs and alcohol too quickly. These facilities want the residents here to use their coping mechanisms in a better way and therefore do not allow for the use of drugs or drug paraphernalia.
Smoking is not suitable for anyone’s health. Still, with addicts, it is especially harmful because it gives them a great excuse to drink more alcohol and increases the likelihood of a relapse. These sober living facilities are designed to help individuals stop drinking and smoking, so they have put rules into place to help them achieve this goal.
As the individuals in these sober living facilities are highly vulnerable and often under pressure to relapse, having pets around is not a good idea because they give them another reason to relapse. The residents of these facilities may very well develop an attachment to their pets. Still, they must be able to resist the temptation of giving in if they want to achieve sobriety.
Sober living facilities are an excellent way to help people achieve sobriety by limiting their access to alcohol and the other substances they may be using. They also help those who live here with their addictions to drugs and alcohol while reducing their stress levels. To be successful, however, there are several steps that you must take if you want to enter this type of facility. Ready to get started, call us today at 954-523-1167.