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Healthy Boundaries After Treatment

Should My Loved One Go Into a Sober Living After Substance Abuse Treatment?

Understanding what path to choose during early sobriety can be difficult. So much is new, now that you have completed treatment and realized the need to change your thinking and behaviors. The old crutches you used to cope with stress and emotions are no longer an option. So how can you best help yourself succeed in life and recovery? The answer is sober living.

Sober living facilities provide structure, support, and security for those new to recovery. Many people feel that the longer spent in treatment and sober living, the better the probability of achieving life-long sobriety. The reason for this common conviction is that the stronger the foundation in sobriety, the better. For most people, time and surrounding oneself in a sober environment are the keys to this firm foundation.

At A Better Today Recovery Services, we strongly encourage participation in sober living for most of our patients. The benefits of sober living are beyond measure as it can facilitate and encourage strong friendships, healthy relationships, and everything one needs to proceed forward toward a bright and prosperous future in life and recovery.

Encouraging your loved one to get involved in a sober living establishment promotes long-lasting recovery from drugs & alcohol. An environment that promotes relapse prevention is what they need the most right now.

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Healthy boundaries means drawing the line & abandoning the enabling behaviors that caused strain on the relationship to begin with.

Establishing Healthy Boundaries After Your Loved One’s Addiction Could Strengthen Your Family’s Bonds

One of the most important lessons taught by treatment centers and sober living facilities is healthy boundaries. Personal boundaries identify the limits and behaviors we permit others to extend toward ourselves.

During active addiction, boundaries are altered such that people accept unhealthy behaviors and violations to their person. For example, being overextended and over-committed, or engaging in behaviors that benefit others to the detriment of oneself. Continuing to allow oneself to be taken advantage of in any way can lead to emotional and psychological distress, which can quickly cause a relapse into old behaviors and use of mind-altering, addictive substances.

The importance of healthy boundaries is immense, as they define what we consider acceptable behaviors toward ourselves and how we interact with the world around us. The tactics employed to protect oneself from violations help people keep themselves happy and safe for the rest of their lives. This means you can say no when you need to and yes only when you want.

When someone from your using past shows up in your life with your drug of choice, you can assert healthy boundaries and prevent the situation from getting out of hand. The people in our lives who cause stress and negativity can also be lovingly and healthily managed such that they are not able to drain us of energy or a positive outlook.

Having Confidence When You Graduate a Substance Abuse Treatment Program Means Exploring Aftercare Options

At A Better Today Recovery Services, we create a protective and comfortable environment for our patients. The transition to the next phase of recovery can be nerve-wracking for anyone. There is no need for nerves, however, as we have strong connections with many excellent sober living facilities and the move from inpatient to sober living occurs without a hitch.

Imagine yourself waking up surrounded by others in sobriety, in an environment where no drugs or alcohol are allowed. Then imagine yourself waking up where you have been living, with a spouse, parents or alone. Now honestly talk to yourself about which one is more likely to promote healthy living and staying clean and sober.

Most people, if they are being truly honest, identify with the first option, which is sober living. Surrounding yourself with others who are learning to live free from mood and mind-altering substances can have a positive impact beyond words. Each individual motivates the others, while the community aspect has an undeniable healing effect.

A Better Today Recovery Services offers evening IOP as another way to continue the learning, support, and emotional progress begun during inpatient treatment. This Intensive Outpatient Program includes educational classes, group therapy sessions, relapse prevention work, healthy coping strategies, and more. This program is critical for many, as it helps to guide people while they are actively engaging with the world.

The lessons are no longer theoretical and to be remembered for a later time. Patients support each other and work through problems and difficulties that they are facing at that moment. What our patients learn in IOP are often carried into life and used even years later when a difficult situation arises.

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ABTRS’s Guide to the Right Sober Living Can Mean the World of a Difference Between Recovery & Relapse

Sober living is not just a place, but a multidimensional healing tool. Some people fear coming in contact with a drink or a drug as they do not feel secure enough in their sobriety to be around substances without a slip-up. As a place, it provides a safe environment in which to live, sleep, eat or just exist without fear of substances or abuse from people. Just a peaceful place to be.

This is not a place to spend days on end watching Netflix and napping. Sober living motivates patients to get out and get a job, go to school, and get involved in the sober community. Many sober living centers re quire that residents have a job within a few weeks or a month of moving in. This provides the motivation to get out and rejoin society without unreasonable expectations.

The community environment is really what makes sober living a place of healing. Fellow inhabitants confide and listen to each other, offering words of wisdom and emotional support. These relationships often turn into foundational friendships that pass the test of time.

The larger sober community is another excellent way to enlarge one’s support network. Getting out and getting connected at meetings, fellowship centers, and other recovery meccas greatly benefits all involved.

The Sober Community is Waiting: Support Groups & The 12-Step Program

12-step programs are the most well-established and proven recovery method available. Here at A Better Today Recovery Services, the 12-step approach to addiction and recovery is fully embraced. Our program is 12-step based because the 12-steps work when nothing else will. Additionally, most sober living facilities that we work closely with also lean toward the 12-steps. These residential centers often require regular meeting attendance as a part of their program.

Remaining connected to others in sobriety is critical to maintaining your own sobriety. Few diseases require the treatment methodology that addiction does. Going to meetings regularly may seem strange at first, but the process will soon become second nature. Stick with the program and the program will benefit you and your life beyond measure.

What is the 12-step program?

For those unfamiliar with the 12-steps, the conversation surrounding these programs may seem little different than talk of magic. Most people new to the program enter with skepticism and criticism that 12 simple suggestions or steps can really be so effective and influential. Actually, they can change lives dramatically and facilitate miracles. People with nothing left in life recover and gain in most every area. Those who were friendless often find that the longer they stay in the program, the larger their network of friends becomes. These programs are a sanctuary for all seeking sobriety and provide the necessary tools to succeed in life.

The 12-steps is an outline for how to effectively and healthfully live life. The resentments and fears that led people to use are systematically removed. The isolation and loneliness are also sought and destroyed. The character defects that caused a repetitive cycle of self-defeating behaviors are analyzed, discussed and then targeted by the person for removable from daily behaviors and thought patterns.

What is a sponsor?

The sponsor is a critical component of the 12-step program. You choose a sponsor and work with him or her on a regular basis. Find someone who has something that appeals to you. For instance, if you want to return to school and complete a degree, find someone who overcame a similar obstacle. Or, perhaps simply base your decision on a general indescribable feeling that you find positive.

These programs have worked wonders in the lives of millions of people who identify as an alcoholic/addict. Many people with significant time in recovery will tell you that they could not have done it without the 12-steps and the program. The lessons and revelations that 12-step programs bequeath change live in a phenomenal way. It is no wonder why most treatment centers prefer to base their program on the 12-steps. They work – it’s that simple.

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