28 Aug Aftercare: Sober Living
Going through a drug rehab program can be challenging, exciting and healing to the individual. While in primary treatment (drug rehab), an individual is supported by counselors and sober clients in a setting that allows one to primarily focus on recovery from drug addiction. But what happens once one completes drug rehab? How can one continue to grow and be supported after the first 30-90 days of sobriety?
This is where sober living homes act as a great source of support for those just transitioning from primary treatment. Sober livings are residential environments that serve as interim living arrangements while an individual is newly getting sober. The right sober living environment with the appropriate amount of structure can increase ones chances of sobriety as an individual transitions into a real life setting. Sober living homes are generally suggested for those leaving treatment and is commonly referred to as “aftercare”.
Sober Living for Young Adults
For young adults, sober living homes such as New Life House are a great aid helping young men and women recover in a peer-based environment. By living in a peer-based environment individuals can relate and build purposeful friendships that is crucial to the recovery process. Ultimately, a young adult needs to associate him/herself with other young adults that share similar lifestyles. Without having a support system to utilize, young adults are faced with working through issues alone.
At New Life House, young men and women utilize the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous and learn to live healthy lifestyles. Our sober livings for young adults are custom built facilities designed specifically for our recovery purposes. For over 25 years, we have been helping young adults achieve sobriety.
Getting Sober at a Young Age
by Jared K.
Prior to entering New Life House, I would’ve never thought I would be able to say, “I got sober at 18.” New Life House didn’t only teach me the skills necessary to succeed in my life, but helped me build a foundation with a sober group of guys that I could relate with. Without sober friends, I don’t think I would’ve been able to do this.
I grew up in San Diego, Del Mar to be exact. I have an amazing caring and supportive family that gave me all the encouragement in the world to pursue my dreams and achieve my goals. Del Mar is a beautiful city in San Diego County.
I got introduced to drugs in high school. My drug addiction quickly began to progress after that. I went to Torrey Pines High School, a local high school most everyone attends from Del Mar. Again, a beautiful school with great teachers and staff. Through a series of acquaintances, I ended up connecting with some other students that used and drank. I had no idea that smoking pot after school would quickly take a toll on me. Before I knew it, I was hooked on prescription drugs and shortly after that, heroine. Heroine was a cheaper and more effective alternative to prescription meds. At that point, I was totally powerless to help myself. Using became the priority and the necessity of my life.
Leaving Del Mar and coming to New Life House was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. I had no idea what to expect when I first entered New Life House. What I did know was that I wanted something different than I had. Upon my first step in the door, guys my age surrounded me and took an actual interest in my life.
For a sober living, New Life House sure didn’t feel like it. It felt more like a family and the house became a home. At New Life House, everyone worked together to support each other in their recovery. I developed strong relationships with other guys my age; guys that I could relate to and had the same experiences as me. More importantly, we had fun together and without even noticing it, I had a sober support system. I was a part of a recovery community.
Having a sober support system was crucial for me. I couldn’t imagine what it would’ve been like without having the support I received at New Life House. The guys that I went through the house with are still close friends of mine. We go to meetings, come by New Life house and have fun in sobriety. I’m very grateful for the life I have today. I don’t know where I’d be without the support from New Life House and sober community I get to be a part of.