Whether you are returning home to your family or relocating to a new location, entering the world after being in a sober living house can be a scary step. One of the significant advantages of a sober living house like Transitions is the safe and substance-free living quarters. This is incredibly helpful for those in early recovery as they are protected from the temptations and triggers of the outside world. With professional care and support available around the clock, individuals can access help anytime.
At Transitions, our care continues beyond the walls of our Villa. Along with assisting our clients with a strong relapse prevention plan, we support those after they complete their program with us. Recovery is a continuous process. To maintain your sobriety and avoid relapse, here are five tips for staying sober after leaving a sober living house…
1. Build a Support System
Building a support system is one of the most important things you can do when leaving a sober living house. This can include family members, friends, or others you have met in recovery. Having people you can rely on for support and accountability will help you stay on track and avoid relapse.
2. Stay Connected with Your Sober Living House
Staying connected with your new sober living house buddies is a great way to continue getting support from those who know and understand you. At Transitions, we offer support and guidance every step of the journey – even when you leave!
3. Stay Engaged in Recovery Activities
Remaining engaged in recovery activities is incredibly important in maintaining sobriety. In our active addictions, we were isolated and alone. Attending 12-step meetings, seeking sober social activities, and participating in individual or group therapy help keep us connected. Transitions offer all these activities and more to our in-house clients, preparing them for the outside world.
4. Avoid Triggers and Temptations
We help our clients identify and avoid early recovery triggers and temptations. Our extensive relapse prevention planning allows clients to understand their blind spots. This could include avoiding certain people or places that may be associated with drug or alcohol use, as well as practicing healthy ways to cope with stress or difficult emotions.
5. Practice Self-Care
Remember – there’s only one you! Taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually will help protect against relapse. Remember to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. Transitions believe in a holistic approach to recovery, and we set our clients up with numerous tools to support themselves in every area of their lives.
The next step of your journey might be challenging, but remember – you are not alone. As you continue to grow, we are with you every step of the way! Maintaining sobriety is a process specific to each individual’s experience, and our programs are tailor-made to reflect that. If you’d like to learn more about our sober living programs, reach out today – we are here to help.