If you are a man who has recently completed a residential drug and alcohol rehab program and you’re looking to continue on with the next phase of your recovery, enrolling in a men’s sober living program might be the next best step for you.
A men’s transitional housing program can provide many benefits for males in recovery but you may not be aware of all they offer. Whether you’re unfamiliar with the sober living home model or you’ve already lived in a sober living home for a brief time, here are five excellent reasons as to why a Eudaimonia sober living program might be right for you.
1. Build strong connections with other males in recovery.
Eudaimonia transitional housing provides a gender-specific environment that eliminates a lot of the competition and distractions for men in early recovery. It also serves as a safe and supportive environment where residents can confront issues such as abuse, depression, anxiety, and trauma, which are often brought to the forefront in recovery. Men may have a difficult time discussing these things, but sober living homes foster an environment that is conducive to sharing and healing.
Building relationships with other men in recovery also helps build and improve confidence, which is helpful in difficult times of adjustment, such as early recovery. In addition, peer support among males in recovery promotes healing and personal growth while bolstering ongoing sobriety maintenance.
One study found that peer involvement in 12-step groups was one of two major factors that influenced the outcome of a client’s sober living experience. In fact, sober living clients who displayed increased involvement in 12-step groups were much less likely to use addictive substances again within a six-month period.1
2. Spend time practicing sobriety in a safe place.
Recovery is a long-term process and it often requires several different episodes of treatment.2 After the completion of drug and alcohol rehab, sober living serves as an essential portion of the recovery process. Transitional living programs give clients the time they need to work through issues they will encounter upon returning home. Unfortunately, if they return home too quickly after rehab, they could relapse. The first few weeks and months of sobriety is an extremely vulnerable time, but sober living homes act as a buffer for residents as they slowly transition back into mainstream living.
The amount of time a client spends in a transitional housing program is completely based on his needs and how quickly he adjusts to sober life on his own. During this time, each resident will spend time practicing additional relapse prevention techniques while also learning how to be responsible for his actions on a daily basis. The community environment also serves as a great opportunity for residents to learn how to respect others and be considerate of the needs and feelings of those around them. This, especially, is a great learning experience to have before returning to a family environment at home.
3. Find purpose in life.
After rehab, many individuals feel like there is a void in their life that needs to be filled. Previously, they filled it with drug and alcohol use, but now that that’s gone, they may feel themselves searching for purpose in life. Recovery support services, such as those provided by Eudaimonia Recovery Homes, can help males in recovery develop a new sense of purpose for their lives by helping them achieve their career and educational goals.
Eudaimonia sober living homes also each have live-in house managers who are on site regularly and are available to help walk clients through the struggles of early sobriety. These house managers are particularly helpful because they are actively in recovery themselves, so they understand and can relate to the struggles of other men in recovery. In addition, they can provide very valuable insight and actionable advice based on their own personal experiences in recovery. Men in recovery may also choose to take advantage of therapeutic services and intensive outpatient programs that encourage active participation in a recovery program that is designed to help clients regain purpose and meaning in their life.
4. Regain personal freedoms at a healthy pace.
After rehab, men in recovery are faced with a sudden increase in responsibilities, choices, and freedoms. This can be overwhelming and result in additional stress. Transitional housing programs encourage residents to learn essential life skills like maintaining their hygiene, keeping a living space clean, paying bills on time, cooking, and resolving interpersonal issues. Structured daily routines allow men in recovery to slowly grow accustomed to a new way of living and develop health practices that eventually become habits.
Within a Eudaimonia sober living home environment, this increase in responsibilities and freedoms is a gradual process that happens over time. As clients achieve their recovery program objectives, they are rewarded with additional freedoms, and so on. This allows for a slow and steady transition back into society.
5. Maintain accountability within a circle of recovery support.
Regardless of how determined an individual is, accountability is key to maintaining long-term sobriety. Eudaimonia’s sober living program for men is designed to help each client develop a recovery circle full of people who are supportive of his recovery goals. In turn, every resident will work with a sponsor, sober coach, peers in recovery, family members, and friends to achieve their sobriety goals.
By surrounding themselves with individuals who are actively supporting their sobriety goals, clients are much more likely to maintain the motivation they need to maintain a sober lifestyle and continue pressing on toward the ultimate goal of living a sober, fulfilling, and independent life.
Transitional housing programs such as Eudaimonia also provide additional sources of accountability with regular drug tests, weekly support groups, personal monitoring programs and a recovery curriculum that requires active participation in all of the above.
Eudaimonia Recovery Homes provides robust transitional living programs for both men and women in Austin, Texas, Houston, Texas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eudaimonia programs are designed to bridge the transition from rehab into a life of sobriety on your own. We know the struggles you currently face, as well as those you will face down the road in your early sobriety, and we’re here to help. Our sober living homes and individualized recovery support services are designed to meet your specific needs, whether you’ve been sober for six days or six months. If you’d like to learn more about our men’s sober living program, please contact our admissions team today. We are happy to answer any questions you have.