The effects of sober living have been studied in-depth over a long period of time. A study in The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs highlighted sober living houses, along with where people that “graduate” from the program end up.
But what does this mean for the person struggling? What does this mean for someone who genuinely wants help, but doesn’t know how to break the cycle of addiction? It’s time to see what a sober living house can really do for you. There are essentially three main benefits that these centers bring to the table. They’re listed below in this article.
Most dysfunctional environments have a lack of boundaries. Boundaries, in their simplest form, help us determine how others treat us but more importantly, how we treat ourselves. It’s very easy to just assume that people will respect you, but that isn’t always the case. What you must do is focus on setting new boundaries. A sober living home does that by removing you from the toxic environment. It gives you a way to see people in a different life. Once you cannot use alcohol or other drugs, you have to interact with everyone and process emotions without relying on these substances. This helps your mind set new boundaries and when you return to your life, you will see a sharp contrast in many of the same people that used to enable or even participate in your drug abuse.
Do you have a problem with heavy drinking due to loneliness or a sense of not having a purpose? A sober living home will help you find new hobbies to try, but the other residents will also gather around you. Lifting each other up is what these homes are all about!