How Sober Living Helps You Build a New Life

Are you recently sober, or have you tried to get sober before and relapsed? In either case, you probably figured out pretty quickly that staying away from drugs and alcohol is harder than you thought. Often, these things are completely ingrained into our lives, from our daily habits to the people we hang out with. How do you get away from it?

Sober living exists specifically for these types of situations. These programs allow you to slowly reintegrate into society with a job and/or education opportunities, but they do so much more. Sober living arrangements also remove triggers and influences that could cause you to relapse while you learn coping skills for when you are ready to go back to a normal life.

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Four Holistic Ways You Can Work to Stay Sober

There are thousands of ways that you can get and stay sober. No one plan works for everyone. You are a unique individual, and what you require may be different than another addict. Regardless of your personal circumstances, there are some all natural and holistic ways that you can work to stay sober after rehab.

Cut out caffeine and nicotine.

Caffeine and nicotine are technically stimulants and could be classified as drugs. Although these are relatively harmless, they can contribute to substance abuse triggers. If you are antsy because you had too much caffeine, you could be tempted to chill out with drug or alcohol use. People who have issues coping with cravings or triggers often smoke more cigarettes, which can be hazardous to your health and doesn’t really teach you how to cope with the triggers.

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Deciding When You Are Ready to Live on Your Own

The transition from rehab to the real world can be a rough one. When you are in rehab, you are under intense treatment that allows you to safely get through withdrawals and address triggers, but there is a big difference between having that structure and living in the real world. 

If you get through rehab and aren’t sure that you can stay sober on your own, you might opt for sober living. Sober living gives you the ability to leave rehab and still have some structure to your life. The group home setting allows you to focus on your treatment and sobriety while you get back on your feet. 

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Learning How to Cope with Triggers to Avoid Relapse

When you are in a drug rehab program, you aren’t living your normal daily life. That means that while you are working hard to get clean, you are nowhere near any of your usual triggers. The biggest challenge that any addict faces is leaving rehab and facing those triggers and cravings head on. This is not easy, and some people need some extra help, such as a sober living home. Here are some things you can do to cope better as you face these situations.

Acknowledge triggers. Don’t ignore them.

If you simply ignore your triggers and rely on willpower alone to keep you sober, you are not going to be sober for very long. All it will take is one really bad day for that trigger to lead to relapse. Instead, you need to acknowledge and embrace your triggers so that you can address them and eliminate them forever.

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Natural Methods for Coping While Getting Sober

When you are trying to get sober, the last thing you want to do is take more medications to cope with the stress of kicking addiction. There are a lot of great ways that you can calm your mind and body without any type of medication assistance. These activities can help you get through moments of anxiety, as well as cravings. 

Meditation

Most people think that meditation requires emptying your mind of everything, but that isn’t exactly necessary. You can meditate by simply allowing your thoughts to drift by, acknowledging them but not focusing in on them. This state is just as beneficial as emptying your mind as the yogis try to teach.

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Three Benefits of Sober Housing

Many people have more success getting sober in a rehab facility than at home. This is because when you are in a rehab, your environment and activities are tightly controlled. You make few decisions for yourself, and you have to stick to a set schedule of activities and therapies. Sober housing usually doesn’t control as much as rehab, but it does allow for more restrictions than living on your own. Here are some of the benefits of sober housing.

Restricted Access

Just like rehab, sober housing offers restricted access. As a general rule, only residents and treatment providers are allowed on the property, at least during certain hours. This restricted access means that you will not have to worry about drugs or alcohol being present when you are at home.

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Why You Have to Address Your Mental Health to Stay Sober

Getting and staying sober can be very difficult, especially if you have mental health issues to address. In order to stay sober, you need to address the problems that led to your substance abuse in the first place. For some people, that may be events that happened in their life, causing situational mental health or emotional problems. Other people may have a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness that must be treated in order for sobriety to stick.

Addressing your mental health helps you stay sober in several ways. First, when you get treatment for mental illness it can reduce your desire to escape from reality. As you feel more mentally present and emotionally stable, you will not have as much of a desire to use.

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Challenges with Medication Management and Sobriety

When you are trying to maintain your sobriety, being prescribed medications can be a tricky proposition. You don’t want to refuse all medications recommended by your doctor, but there are many opportunities for abuse with many different common medications. Managing your meds responsibly can be very difficult, especially for newly sober patients.

Medications for Mental Health

One of the biggest problems with medication management during sobriety is that many people who have an addiction also have a mental illness. If you take medications for bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, or another mental illness or disorder, taking medications to manage your symptoms could be necessary.

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The Importance of Mental Health Treatment for Sobriety

About half of all substance abusers also have a mental health disorder. That is a surprising statistic for many. It can help to know that you are not alone, but even addicts without a mental health disorder can benefit from mental health treatment. Here are some examples.

Coping with Trauma

Some people turn to drugs and alcohol to escape from trauma that they have experienced. Although you may not have a mental health disorder, you need to be able to address these issues. If you try to get sober without addressing the catalyst that led to addiction, you will likely be unsuccessful in the long run. Psychotherapy can be of great benefit in these situations.

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How Mental Illness and Addiction Are Connected

Have you recently been diagnosed with a mental illness? If so, you are not alone. About half of all adult addicts also have a mental health disorder. Even if you have not yet received a diagnosis, you could very well have an undiagnosed disorder.

There are different theories about why this is the case, and most of them have come to the same conclusion. For many people, their introduction to drugs was a direct response to mental health symptoms, even when people are not fully aware of it. You may think that drugs and alcohol make you feel better, but not really know why.

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