Peer support systems are encouraged as key components of many treatment programs because of how successful they can be in encouraging good habits that last a lifetime when it comes to recovery. Your recovery doesn’t end with a sober living home or treatment program, and laying the foundations for a strong support system now can help you throughout your journey. Here are a few ways that a strong support system can make your recovery easier and ultimately, smoother.
Slips and relapses happen. While on your road to recovery there will be many bumps along the road but it’s important to remember that they are not a failure or a sign that recovery is not working.
Sober Living Homes are group and community living as a part of treatment for substance use disorders. Research has found improved outcomes for those in addiction recovery when a sober living home is part of their treatment plan. These houses are safe havens established to help people in recovery stay sober throughout their stay, together with other people who understand their struggle. We’ve written about the what to expect of sober homes before, but to briefly recap sober homes generally provide:
- A substance free home
- Peer support with others at different stages of addiction recovery
- Structured environment providing opportunities to slowly implement recovery skills into activities of daily living
- 12 step meeting attendance with sponsorship as a condition of occupancy, which is consistent with the sober living philosophy of peer support for recovery is associated with better outcome for people struggling from a substance use disorder.
But what are the advantages of Sober Living Homes as part of your recovery journey?
A common cause of substance use disorder relapse is stress. Given that stress can play a leading role in the development of a substance use disorder, it’s no surprise that high levels of stress during the recovery process can also play a role in relapse. Effective stress management can help to prevent a relapse, but how can you start to change the ways you manage stress?
The common effects of alcohol on the body are well documented, but what about the seemingly more hidden effect of alcohol addiction on families? Understanding the full impact of your substance use on your family can be a first step on the road to recovery and will help you self-reflect. Not all of these will apply to everyone but even if only a few resonate, it’s worth considering the impact that you may be having on your family. Here are a few common challenges that face families experiencing substance use disorder.
Whether you’re quitting for a little while or you think that you may have a dependency or substance use disorder, renouncing alcohol from your day-to-day life can be hard. The benefits of abstaining from alcohol will outweigh the difficulties, but what really happens when you stop drinking alcohol?
Seeing yourself return to substance use can be discouraging but it isn’t the end of the road. It is important to remember that a slip or a relapse is not a moral failing and it doesn’t mean that you can’t get clean. While a relapse can be frustrating and make you feel like a failure, there are constructive ways to deal with it. Here are a few ways to help you get back on track.
Substance use disorder can be incredibly hard on those afflicted as well as their families, friends, coworkers and the impact can ebb out to the entire community. It is important that anyone who is struggling with substance use or mental health disorders get the help they need. To help families get the right tools to start conversations about prevention, treatment, and recovery, we support National Recovery Month.
For many people, substance use disorder is more than just a physical struggle with drugs and alcohol; it takes root in unresolved issues, trauma and mental health. In fact, nearly 6 in 10 individuals who struggle with substance use disorder are also affected by at least one co-occurring disorder, making the acknowledgement or discovery of these conditions a critical component of treatment.
Recovery coaching is a form of support for people seeking recovery from substance use disorders. Like other chronic diseases, substance use disorder requires regular monitoring to ensure that you are maintaining your health. Recovery coaching supports you in your addiction recovery journey, so you don’t have to fight it alone.