Seek out a sober living home
A sober living home allows you to spend time in the company of other people who are also working toward sobriety. This step can help you to avoid the temptations that come with living alongside people who do not protect their sobriety. The rules of a sober living home are strict, and they can help you to understand how others build up a protected life.
“I’d say over half of our clients go from inpatient or IOP to sober living, which is what helps them become more successful in long-term recovery,” says Chris Boutté. “I personally lived in a sober living for three or four months when I got sober in 2012, so I advocate for it with our clients in treatment and so do our alumni speakers.”
That is a very strong vote of confidence, and it is echoed by alumni of addiction treatment programs. For example, this person who would prefer to be referred to as simply “K” faced a difficult home transition. A sober home helped her to mitigate those dangers.
“For me, unfortunately, my family was one of my ‘people, places, and things’ that needed to change. My father and my step-parent have been a huge threat to my sobriety, and a part of my recovery was putting half a country between myself and anything that was that toxic,” she says. “The silver lining is that if I can do it so can anyone. I moved to Las Vegas from Connecticut with no one but my sponsor and a sober living house for support. I had to find support in the fellowship and through working a program, but when I looked, it was there.”
As K’s story makes clear, a sober living home could work a little like a sober family. The people you meet in this home could help you to build up a whole new life in sobriety. If you cannot get this support at home, you could get it in a sober home.
Your inpatient rehab center may have connections with sober living homes in your community, or your center may have sober homes on the campus. Talk with your team about the possibility of a sober home, if it seems like the right choice for you.