Tips On Choosing Sober Living Recovery Programs
Sober living is the act of living a life free of chemical, alcohol, or emotional crutches that don’t allow you to confirm your problems. Many people are addicted to alcohol, drugs, sexual misconduct, and other life altering things, because they help them cope with a painful past or unresolved issues they are trying to cover up. People often turn to chemicals, and drugs to mask their pain, but at some point drug use becomes drug abuse and addicts find themselves in a downward spiral that can complete take over their lives and all the things that are important to them.
Sober living houses are designed for people to live in after they have stopped their addictive behavior and until they feel confident enough to return to society as a drug free, alcohol free, and well functioning individual. It takes different amounts of time for each person to get to the point that they can live without fear of relapsing.
In sober living houses people are required to join an out-patient recovery program to help them stay away from their drug of choice. Most of the sober living houses recommend that you join a twelve step program to help you learn to cope with your addiction, resist temptation, and start your life anew.
The following tips are meant to help you choose a recovery program that will be right for you. Remember that if you join one program like Alcoholics Anonymous, and it does not seem to be working you can join another program like Celebrate Recovery and see if it is better suited to you. You are free to choose what programs you wish to use to help you stay sober.
1. Find a program that meets close to where you are living. You want to be able to go to the meetings for the support, the encouragement, and the bolstering of your resolve to remain sober.
2. Find a program that encourages accountability partners. When you are accountable for your actions you are less likely to revert to bad behaviors.
3. Find a program that meets on days when you can attend the meetings. You will not get the full benefits from the program if they meet on a night you always have to work, or if they meet at a time you simply cannot.
4. Go to a meeting or to two or three meetings. Sit back and listen and see if you feel comfortable, safe, and inspired. If you do not feel compelled to be a part of the group after three meetings you are more than likely at the wrong recovery program. Keep looking until you find a program that works for you.
5. Ask questions of members and leaders of the group to find out if the program will suit your needs
6. Make sure that the program has an anonymity clause. What is said here, what is seen her, and who you met here, should be kept confidential. You will feel freer to share if you know that what you share is not going to be shared with everyone in town as soon as the meeting is over.