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How Does Sober Living Work?

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Sober living offers a supportive community to help you settle into your new life.

There’s rehab. And then there’s reality.

In rehab, you learn so many things: Why you started using in the first place, what factors might have ignited your addiction and, most importantly, how to enjoy life without drugs or alcohol.

But then you go back to the real world. And it’s sort of like the difference between driving on a pleasant country road and trying to navigate your way through New York City. Everywhere you look, there’s a person, car, stroller, bus or bike that seems to jump right in front of you out of nowhere.

Sure, you learned tools for handling stress. But you may not have expected that you’d need an emergency root canal on the same day as your job interview on the same day you realized you forgot to pay your car insurance. Then, later that night, you get a knock on your door from an old, but not so good, friend.

Sober Living Facilities

A sober living home can’t prevent dental emergencies or any of the other realities of life, but it can offer a calm and nurturing place to launch your recovery.

Typically, a sober living house is a place where people in recovery go after rehab to soften the transition back to regular life. Unlike formal rehab, you can come and go as you wish, but you still have the support of living with people who are committed to your same goals—to live a good life without drugs or alcohol.

Sober Living Environment

It’s been said that the opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety; it’s connection. That’s why feeling lonely, misunderstood and isolated can be such a trigger for relapse.

At a sober living home, you’ll be surrounded by people who share your same struggle. You’ll be able to come home after a long day and talk through your problems with people who understand how you’re feeling.

At the same time, you’ll have people to join you in the pursuit of healthy new habits and hobbies. Maybe you’ll decide to train to run a 10K together. Or maybe you’ll make it your goal to watch the 100 greatest movies of all time in 100 days. It could be your roommates are musicians—and you decide to form a band. You might find that you enjoy simply preparing dinner together.

The point is that you can do all of these things in a substance-free environment. You may not be able to avoid all situations where people drink or use once you return to the real world, but a sober living home gives you time to gain the strength and confidence you’ll need to navigate that world.

Hope and Healing at The Raleigh House

The Raleigh House is a treatment center located in Denver where residents are given the help they need to rebuild their lives. Our team of experts works together to tackle both the physical and mental aspects of addiction.

After you’re done with rehab, you’ll have the opportunity to join a sober living house, where you can transition back to normal life at a pace that works for you. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs.

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