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Sober Living Housing and Support Groups

 Although Sober Living Housing and Support Groups are not technically phases of Rehab Treatment, it can be very therapeutic, if not vital to lasting Recovery, to establish safe and supportive living arrangements after Rehab. Regular participation in support group meetings and activities is also recommended and vital. When you are recovering from substance abuse, there is no advantage to go through it alone, and you need a place to live where there is reduced exposure to the temptations of alcohol or drugs. And you need a place or places to regularly meet where there is comradery and common ground where your resolve to remain sober can be reinforced and strengthened to lessen the chance of falling back into bad habits.

Sober Living

Sober living can provide temporary housing for those who have just discharged from treatment facilities and need housing support. Living in a sober house allows for continued healing in a protective atmosphere, where one can begin to acclimate to life without substance abuse or dependency, and refine social and life skills though peer interaction and sharing. It is an in-between living environment with various options of supervision and structure, to help one take the first steps to a lasting sober life after Rehab.

Depending on the structure of the sober housing, benefits may include access to things like vocational or educational counseling and even individual case management to help prepare for independent living. Some facilities also offer transportation assistance to medical, dental, and psychiatric care.

Support Groups

Support and Peer groups are a gathering of people who share a common history, whether it is alcohol or drug addiction. The benefit in bringing people together who have faced similar struggles are they can share their experiences, offer helpful advice regarding coping skills, and not feel alone. Sometimes, just talking to someone who has been through the same thing can help reduce any feelings of isolation and/or anxiousness and it can raise hope and bolster the strength needed to keep going. Participating in a Support group creates opportunities to make important connections and gain access to resources needed to remain sober. These are some of the most popular support groups available:

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous): This is an international support group of men and women who have had or are currently dealing with a drinking problem. Membership is open to anyone of any gender or any age looking for help and support with overcoming alcoholism. AA and 12 Step Groups are an important resource for people struggling with alcohol abuse as well as for those in Recovery for several reasons. It is an effective therapeutic tool, used successfully by thousands of people, and AA and 12-step based support groups can be found in almost every city as well as many countries.

NA (Narcotics Anonymous): This is a non-profit organization supporting men and women who have had a major problem with drug addiction. Narcotics Anonymous utilizes a traditional 12-Step program approach to help people looking for support in group settings who are dealing with drug abuse issues. Similar to AA groups, the group meetings are open to all genders, races, and ages who want help staying clean and sober.

Al-Anon: These groups offer support of, and focus on the family and friends of loved ones suffering through substance abuse and addiction whether the substance use is alcohol or drugs. Whether the loved one is currently undergoing treatment in a program, or actively struggling outside of treatment, these groups can expose families to new ideas regarding healthy boundaries and behaviors, share options, and help them feel encouraged and supported.

Smart Recovery: This is a free addiction recovery support group where participants learn skills for recovery based on the latest scientific research. A smart 4-Point system is employed to help with all kinds of addiction and addictive behaviors. It is not 12-Step based and is a natural choice for someone completing a Non-12 Step or Holistic Treatment Program.