Guide to Navigating Life Post Sober Living Housing
A sober living home provides a safe, structured and protective environment after drug & alcohol rehabilitation. Once your 60- or 90-day stay is complete, it is time to transition back home. Whether that means moving in with family or going off on your own, post sober living housing can seem like a scary and overwhelming situation. Acceptance House Sober Living is here to provide a few help tips to help you successfully move on after completing a sober living program.
7 Helpful Tips to Stay Sober After Sober Housing
Continue Building Sober Support System: Moving out of your sober living home can be scary & overwhelming, this is when you’ll need to lean on (and grow) your sober support system. You’re encouraged to meet with your sponsor regularly, attend meetings, stay in touch with sober friends and make time for sober socializing. You can rely on your support system to keep you grounded and firm in your decision to stay sober, especially when faced with stressful & triggering situations.
Set (Achievable) Goals: In rehabilitation and sober living you learned the importance of setting goals and mapping out the necessary steps to achieve them. This is something you should incorporate into your life post sober housing. Set realistic short and long-term goals that you can expand upon in the future.
Attend Recovery Meetings: Going to meetings while in a sober living program is easy, because it is required. Once you leave sober living housing, we highly encourage you to continue to attend local meetings weekly. It is important to make them a priority to keep you accountable.
Settle into a Routine Schedule: Maintaining a routine schedule is beneficial for your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. While your routine will look a little different than when you were in sober living what matters most is maintaining structure and balance.
Avoid Events/Situations that Lead to Trigger or Relapse: Especially in early recovery, you may need to avoid certain situations, events and parties for a while until you feel more confident in how to approach these stressful circumstances.
Read More: Addiction Relapse Triggers to Avoid
Reduce Financial Stress by Planning Ahead: Living on your own comes with financial stresses like budgeting, paying bills, utilities, insurance and so much more. Get ahead of the pressure by making sure your finances are in order before you leave your sober living home.
Volunteer: Staying involved in your community is not only a rewarding way to stay busy but will improve your sense of self and help you cope with feelings of anxiety or depression. Whether you walk dogs at a local shelter, volunteer at a soup kitchen or clean litter from beaches, volunteering is extremely beneficial in recovery.
If you or someone you love is looking for safe sober housing in Bucks County, PA, contact our main office at 856-465-7310. We’re here to help you start the next phase of your recovery process and prepare for a life of sobriety.