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A Sober Living Facility Doesn’t Guarantee Sobriety

For those new in recovery, a sober living facility can be a great source of support and a safe environment, but doesn’t guarantee sobriety. Long-term sobriety requires an internal change. Sober living facilities can support this process, but can’t do the work for the individual.

Fortunately, these days there are plenty of resources to help an individual obtain sobriety.  Drug rehabs and other forms of primary treatment programs provide clinical and therapeutic support for those in need of detoxification and treatment. Sober living facilities act as rehab aftercares and continue to support individuals as they transition back into “real-life” settings. Counseling and addiction specialists provide additional services and 12 Step programs such as AA and NA meetings are available throughout the country. You’d think that with all this available support, it would seem easy to get sober.

Regardless of the support that is available, each individual is responsible for his or her own sobriety. Understanding why one used or drank and participated in the destructive lifestyles one did is crucial to the recovery process. The actual substance abuse is a symptom of a greater issue. Once identified, an individual should then work on healthy solutions to deal with issues instead of responding in old ways that hinder personal growth and change.

Sober living facilities provide the longest form of residential support that individual can participate in. Each sober living facility has its own structure, requirements and level of support. For those within their first year of sobriety, the more support an individual can receive, the better.  Sober living facilities provide communal support where individuals can reside with other sober people and develop a sober system.

Ultimately, long-term sobriety requires a change in attitude, perception and behavior; a true change of lifestyle. This is accomplished through utilizing the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, obtaining a sponsor and “working a program.”  The aid of a support system is huge and beneficial towards the recovery process, but the change in lifestyle requires a willingness, honesty and open-mindedness from the individual. These are three essential components an individual needs to have to be open towards spiritual principles and new experiences. Though a sober living facility can’t guarantee sobriety, it can be a great support for an individual who takes sobriety seriously.

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