Once you transition from rehab and want to make sure that you stay on the right path, moving to a sober living home is a great idea. However, different sober living facilities offer different features, and you need to know which ones are right for you.
When it comes to counselling, choose a sober living home that offers both individual and group/family sessions. There are some aspects of your sobriety journey that you’ll need to figure out on your own with the help of a professional therapist. However, there are other parts of the process that you’ll need to work through with the people who have been directly affected by your drug or alcohol use. For instance, if your substance abuse caused you to lose your job and ability to take care of your family, it may be best to sit down with your spouse and children and apologize for the way that your drug use has negatively changed the family dynamic. If you’ve experienced family trauma due to something your parents, siblings or extended family have done to you, or your entire family has gone through a tragedy that led you to alcohol or drugs, you’ll need to discuss this in therapy sessions that will help you and all your loved ones find the healing and resolve you need to truly start healing and living a sober life.
The journey to sobriety is very much mental, which is why practices like yoga and meditation can help you become healthier. If you want to use holistic methods to help you achieve mental balance, a sober living facility that offers daily meditation and yoga sessions could prove to be beneficial. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the sober home you want to live in gives you access to a health coach or dietician so you’ll know which foods will nourish your mind and body and help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety that can make it more difficult to be drug-free.
While you’re living in the sober house, you’ll need to be very clear about what your goals will be once you leave. Your counsellor will help you to write a list of things you want to achieve, and give you the skills and tips you need to accomplish your goals. You’ll also be paired with a sponsor who will serve as an accountability partner. The sponsor is usually someone who has also had a struggle with drugs or alcohol in the past and has been living substance-free for a number of years. You’ll need to communicate with this person often, whether it’s to celebrate an accomplishment or to ask for assistance when life starts to get stressful.
Once you’ve chosen the sober living homes that you think would be best for you, check to see how you’ll pay for your living arrangements. In some cases, you’ll need to have a job so that you can pay your rent, or you’ll have to have health insurance to foot the bill. Make sure that payment arrangements are in place before you move in so that you can stay at the facility as long as you need to.