Not all of us experience the financial hardships and loss that are commonly associated with addiction. You may have maintained a level of functionality which allowed you to continue working to support both your habit and your monthly expenses, avoiding the painful losses so many of us experience. In light of this fact, you may be questioning the need to reside in a sober living home upon successful completion of inpatient treatment. You already have a daily routine, a comfortable home to live in, and the support of family and friends - why should you forego a return to your home and instead opt for sober living?
While you may consider your home a safe, comfortable environment in which to flourish, bear in mind this was your private space in which to abuse substances for much of your addiction. It is easy to wave off these concerns while safely ensconced in your residential treatment center, but you may feel differently upon stepping through the threshold and surveying the site of your daily substance abuse. This is not to say there will never be a time when you can return to your home, just that in early recovery the recent memories of substance abuse which may be triggered by the familiar environment of your home could lead you to relapse. It is therefore best to cement yourself in recovery before confronting this potential triggering environment.
Along these same lines, your previously established routine was not doing you any favors in terms of sobriety. Like your home, it is probably comfortable in its familiarity, but may be equally triggering to you given your incorporation of substance abuse into this daily routine. You would be well-served to break from this behavior pattern and create a new routine centered around activities promoting your recovery. Choosing to switch up your living situation would be conducive to this shift in your routine, as new surroundings and roommates provide an opportunity to explore new sober activities.
There is a saying in the rooms of 12-step recovery programs: when we get sober, the only thing that has to change is everything. The idea behind this maxim is that many of our behaviors, associates, and environments in our active addiction are unhealthy and can lead us back to substance abuse. As uncomfortable as it may be to accept, your home is likely an environment which you associate with your using and is not a viable living situation in your early recovery. A sober home is an excellent alternative for you to consider, as it will provide you a safe, affordable living environment conducive to your recovery. If you are willing to go to any lengths to stay sober, it is strongly advised you forego a return to your home and instead reside in a sober living facility for at least 6 months after completing treatment. At Evolutions, we have developed a safe, luxurious and comfortable sober living facility for those serious about their recovery.
If you would like more information about sober living at Evolutions, call our Admissions Counselors at 833-818-3031 and we will answer any questions you may have so you feel confident in your decision to seek this alternative to a return home.