A big part of the recovery process from addiction is learning to live life on life’s term. To a man and woman, that seems to be the fatal flaw that leads them to drug or alcohol addiction in the first place. They simply can’t cope with the people, places and things in their lives.
While in treatment, the rehab’s counselors and clinicians will put a lot of emphasis on the patient learning the truth about their addiction. It’s an important part of the treatment process. By learning about the potential causes of their addiction and the dangers of addiction in general, patients will hopefully see a clear path to building better coping skills for the future. These coping skills are necessary for a recovering addict who needs to avoid temptations and the triggers that drive their substance abuse.
Beyond learning about their addiction, patients are also taught about the importance of support mechanisms, of which coping skills would be included. The reality is a recovering addict needs the support of family and friends. They also need the support of other recovery addicts. This is something they learn while participating in group therapy sessions. It’s fair to say there’s nothing more potent than one recovery addict reaching out to help another.
The real test comes when a patient is released from treatment. It’s worth noting that the treatment process is nothing more than the first step in a lifelong adventure to stay sober. One cannot stay sober until they get sober. When a patient leaves rehab, they leave with the lessons learned and a basket full of aftercare resources. The list of possible aftercare resources generally includes:
- Additional outpatient treatment
- 12-Step meetings (AA & NA)
- Sober and transitional living.
The reminder of this writing is going to focus on sober living and support building in a luxury sober living environment.
There is no magic button a counselor can push to make the first few days, weeks and months after rehab more comfortable. Understandably, people can be a little weary about leaving the confines of rehab where their only responsibilities over 30-90 days revolved around getting clean and learning how to stay clean. Once those rehab doors open, an important safety net is removed. For exiting patients who need more time to gain confidence and relearn how to live life as a sober person, sober living homes offer a great solution.
Sober living homes provide food and shelter for a fee. They also set rules that each resident has to follow. Here’s a few of the more common rules one could expect to encounter:
- Absolute sobriety – Relapses are cause for expulsion
- Assigned house chores must be completed on time
- Resident must participate in 12-Step meetings, both inside the home and out in the community
- Financial budgets must be created
- No drama and adverse behavior are tolerated
Prior to discussing luxury sober living, it needs to be said that the building of support groups within any sober living environment is important. The residents live among one another as brothers and sisters. The strength they can all gain by bonding together and helping one another is enormous. That’s something that’s not lost on home managers, who do everything they can to support group involvement. To answer the articles relevant question, yes, a luxury sober living will normally do everything in its power to help you build an effective support group.
The question that remains is, “what constitutes luxury sober living?”
A luxury sober living home is not intended for everyone. For most people, the costs would be prohibitive. With that said, recovering addicts can benefit by selecting a sober living environment that closely resembles their home environment. Wealthy people have problems to. If they have the means, it makes sense they would want to select a sober environment within which they would feel comfortable.
Predictably, a luxury sober living home will usually provide some elite amenities. The list of potential amenities might include:
- Swimming pool and exercise facility
- Beach access
- Quality food services from a licensed nutritionist and chef
- Recreational activities like horseback riding, tennis and spa
- Private bedrooms and bathrooms
Most luxury sober living homes sit in upscale communities and employ aftercare coordinators. These coordinators have the ability to help with job searches, residential searches and the coordination of outside recovery meetings in the area.
If you are suffering from a substance abuse addiction and find yourself ready to reach out for help, you can get that help by contacting one of our experienced counselors at 770-299-1677. We can also provide additional information on sober living.