Why Sober Living Can Give You a Better Life
What Is Sober Living?
Embracing a healthy and sober lifestyle will help you improve your overall quality of life. Sober living prioritizes healthy, fulfilling, and positive habits over alcohol and drug use. Most importantly, a sober life dramatically improves your physical, mental, and social life. Whether looking for a better lifestyle, overcoming addiction, or improving your overall well-being, substance-free living is a powerful tool to help you in all areas of your life.1
Substance-free living is a program to help those transitioning into daily life after inpatient or outpatient treatment. Sober living generally takes place in homes called sober houses or sober homes. These homes offer a serene environment that is free from distractions.
How Can Sober Living Help You?
The environment in substance-free living will teach you healthier ways of coping with any stressors while helping you understand the root of any issues due to substance abuse.
Why Is Sober Living Important?
It may take some people longer to go through treatment before being able to attend a substance-free home. Some people may even relapse after their initial journey to become sober, which is normal and is nothing to be ashamed about. However, attending a sober living home before re-acclimating to the everyday world can help cut down on relapse rates.2
Friendship and Community
Get Back in Control
Drug-Free and Non-Alcohol Environment
If you have just completed an inpatient treatment facility and rejoined your everyday life, risk factors for relapse could be everywhere. Luckily, substance-free homes are 100% free from alcohol or drugs. This means that you will have a risk-free environment along with peer support and techniques to help you stay vigilant in your recovery.
What Does Addiction Look Like?
- Chemical addiction: Addiction to substances.
- Behavioral addiction: Addiction to behaviors that you continuously do even when they are not beneficial.
The Reward System
Cravings and Tolerance
How Addiction Happens
The Types of Addiction
Chemical addiction involves the use of drugs, substances, and alcohol. Chemical addiction can be difficult to classify because there is often confusion between substance dependency, misuse, and addiction.
Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Some addictive substances include alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, methamphetamine, and nicotine. Others are addictive opioids that include prescription pain medicines like oxycodone and morphine. Some common symptoms of substance use disorder include:
- Intense cravings
- Needing to use more of the substance to achieve the same results
- Not enjoying activities you once used to
- Not being able to stop using the substance, even when you want to
- Exhibiting withdrawal symptoms when you try quitting
- Weakening or strained personal relationships
- Engaging in risky behaviors, such as working or driving under the influence
- Feeling an overwhelming discomfort or unease when you don’t use the substance
- Developing problems with managing your work, school, or home life
Signs of Behavioral Addiction
- Spending too much time doing the behavior
- Continuing to do the activity even with obvious distress
- Having a difficult time avoiding the behavior
- Using the behavior to avoid facing your emotions
Common Types of Behavioral Addictions
- Food addiction
- Sex addiction
- TV, phone, or internet addiction
- Social media addiction
- Exercise addiction
- Shopping addiction
How Can Addiction Impact You Over Time?
Drug addiction can impact your physical health in more ways than one. Many people start developing conditions like sleep deprivation, heart problems, weight and appetite loss, and more. Additionally, chronic addiction puts one at risk of contracting long-term conditions like cancer, liver conditions, lung disease, mental health problems, and more over time.
Isolation can become dangerous, as it often leads to depression, stress, or other medical problems.
What Treatment Options Are Involved in Sober Living?
Sober living typically involves creating a sense of community and forming a support network to hold your hands as you progress with recovery. It will help you recover, especially when trying to distance yourself from relationships that also use alcohol or drugs. The peer support helps create a sense of belonging, encouragement to stay sober, and camaraderie.
Counseling and Therapy
Some sober living facilities conduct both individual and group therapies for those who may need or want them. These sessions usually help find underlying issues contributing to your drug use disorder. Most importantly, you can open up about any issues, fears, or uncertainties about recovery.
Life Skills Training
Most sober living programs incorporate some 12-step programs, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). AA and NA offer peer support, a structured recovery roadmap, and a supportive community.
Holistic therapies can help you connect with yourself physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. You can start to understand every aspect of your life along with your strengths and weaknesses. You can also learn how to cope with and manage your substance use disorder.
Overview of Substance Use Treatment
Treatment Opportunities at Essence
At Essence Health & Wellness, we strive to bring quality treatment services to our patients. We have tailored our multidisciplinary approach to ensure our patients receive individualized treatment, maintain their recovery goals, and help them achieve health and holistic wellness. Some of our treatment services include:6
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
One type of recovery program that many people find helpful is called a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Our PHP offers an intensive, structured outpatient care model designed to provide comprehensive treatment services in the least restrictive setting possible. It typically consists of at least five hours of therapy each day with a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors. Treatment is focused on helping individuals struggling with addiction or other mental health issues learn necessary coping and problem-solving skills to develop healthier behavior patterns and life choices.
Benefits of participating in a PHP can include: increased self-awareness and understanding of addiction or mental illness, improved coping skills and emotional regulation, enhanced ability to interact in healthy relationships, increased opportunity for success in long-term recovery, reduction of relapse risk and more.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
TMS, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is a breakthrough treatment for those experiencing addiction and mental health issues. It works by sending small magnetic pulses to the brain that can rearrange pathways in the brain associated with addiction, depression, and other mental health issues. This noninvasive treatment has been found to be extremely effective in helping patients take the first step toward addiction recovery.
Our sober living program provides support and structure for people in the early stages of addiction recovery. It is especially beneficial for those seeking to transition from rehab to everyday life while receiving additional support and guidance.
These supports can include help with daily activities like meal planning, job coaching, and connecting to treatment providers or other services. Sobriety is about more than just abstaining from drugs or alcohol – it’s also about developing healthy habits that will lead to long-term recovery. Sober living programs like ours provide an environment that is conducive to developing and maintaining sobriety, while providing helpful resources in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical-behavioral therapy was developed from CBT. Today, most doctors may use it to treat other substance use disorders and some mental health disorders as well.
Level of Care at Essence Health & Wellness
- Medical detox: Detox helps you abstain from addiction and gives you the necessary medication to manage withdrawal symptoms. This process may be risky and may take days or even months.
- Sub-Acute Detox: This type of detox is prescribed for individuals suffering from less severe drug withdrawal symptoms.
- Inpatient drug rehab: Our patients receive comprehensive and intense addiction treatment in a residential setting. We recommend this type of treatment if you have developed a severe addiction.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Our unique and comprehensive program allows patients to seek treatment during the day and return home in the evening. Some treatments include medication management, group, and individual therapy.
- Outpatient Drug Program: We will help you maintain your regular routines while you attend therapy sessions, support groups, and medication management in our facility.
- Drug Rehab Aftercare: Once rehab is over, we ensure you get ongoing resources and support to help you maintain your sobriety progress and eliminate relapse. We have regular check-ins, educational services, sober living homes, and skills training.
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