Nearing the end of your rehab program may make you feel excited as you are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. You will soon be done with all the program activities and structured living. But are you ready for all that freedom? Do you think that throwing yourself back into real life full throttle after leaving rehab is the best option for a successful, long-term recovery?
At Westwind Recovery®, our sober living programs help people transition out of a treatment program while maintaining their recovery. For information about moving out of a sober living home, contact our team today by calling 855.340.8832 or filling out our online contact form.
Why a Sober Living Home?
Choosing a sober living home is the smart choice for someone who is serious about succeeding in their recovery. This is an opportunity for a bit more freedom while still maintaining some structure in your life. In other words, it allows you to take baby steps back into life.
Sober living homes provide you with:
- Rules and structure
- Daily living skills
- Group therapy
- Job and education assistance
- Goal setting
Sober living homes help you get ready to live your new life in a healthy manner, with all the skills and tools you will need to obtain a successful recovery. If you chose this method for integrating back into the real world, then applaud yourself because you are a step ahead of many others. However, there comes a time when you must leave the sober living facility and return to life. You will want to make sure you take a few things with you.
Never consider leaving your sober home without having some reinforced empowerment in place. We mean that you will want to ensure you still have a support system that will still help you lift your sails while trying to navigate on your own. This should consist of support groups, individual therapy sessions, and a friend and family support system.
You are going to have rough days, and there will be many hurdles placed in front of you. You will need to be able to stand on your own two feet, but you will also want to have these empowering individuals on your team if you start to fall. They may not be able to keep you from relapsing, but they can sure make a relapse a bit more difficult. Self-empowerment and strength come from all the positive, sober people you surround yourself with.
Create a New Social Life
You should know by now that going back to doing the things you did before you went into treatment will not be the same things you do when you leave the sober living facility. That includes the friends you once had, the places you used to frequent, and the activities you used to partake in. These things can trigger old habits and may be connected to your old life of using.
So, what does that mean for you? It means that while you transition back into life again, you will need to focus on creating a new social life.
This will include:
- Don’t tell yourself that you can still hang out with old acquaintances and visit old watering holes because you are strong and sober and can handle it. You may very well be all of those things, but there is no reason to intentionally put yourself face to face with triggers.
- Don’t believe that you can sit at home or not engage with others socially. This is not an all-or-nothing deal. A social life is a necessity for a healthy life. You just need to be smart about it.
Find new friends and new places to go. Discover new social activities that will make you happy and keep you occupied. Consider finding a new hobby or joining an adult sports league.
The Family Adjustment Period
If you think you are the only one who needs a period of adjustment when returning to life, think again. Your family does too. They cannot fully understand what you are going through, and this may make the interactions between you very difficult and stressful.
Help your family understand your recovery by:
- Be sure that your family has the resources they need to understand your situation as best as they can.
- Be clear about what you expect from them.
- Tell them to be clear about what they expect from you.
- Help them understand your trials and your triumphs. Include them on your journey.
- Make sure to apologize for past situations and clear the air between you and your family.
Spend some time with each family member. Show your support and learn about how your addiction affected each one of them. This is a fantastic way to reach a better understanding of the situation as a whole and definite learning, strengthening, bonding, and growth period between you and all your family members.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your successful transition into life from a sober living home is to take care of yourself. If you are not well, you may find it more difficult to have the strength to succeed.
- Eat proper meals. A healthy diet of whole foods and a variety of fruits and veggies can fuel you with all the vitamins and nutrients you need.
- Start an exercise program. Not only does exercise make you feel better, but it can also be a positive way to get out strong feelings and overcome struggles.
- Get plenty of sleep each night. If you want to be functioning at your best, then you will want to be sure to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.
Remember, if your body isn’t healthy, then neither is your mind, which can be dangerous for someone in recovery.
Find Support for Moving Out of a Sober Living Home at Westwind Recovery®
Moving out of a sober living home means you are as equipped as you can be to reintegrate into the real world and enjoy a successful recovery. Taking these extra steps can only add to the tools you have already gained so that you are prepared to live your life to the fullest. When leaving a sober living home, rely on our Westwind Recovery® team. Learn more about how we can help by calling 855.340.8832 or contacting us online.
Dr. Deena is the Chief Clinical Officer of Westwind Recovery®, an award-winning outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles where she oversees the clinical and administrative program and treatment methods. Dr. Deena is a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker since 1993. LCSW #20628. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Deena has worked running treatment centers, worked as a therapist in psychiatric hospitals as well as school settings and currently has a thriving private practice in the LA area. Dr. Deena has appeared regularly on the Dr. Phil Show as an expert since 2003. She has also been featured on many other TV shows, podcasts and has contributed to written publications as well as podcasts.