Young men in sobriety face many challenges in our society. The prevalence of alcohol and drugs offer countless temptations. Alcohol is readily available and is a standard component of many social gatherings. Marijuana has been made legal for recreational purposes in several states.
When you’re a young man working to remain sober and resist temptations after treatment, a sober living environment may be the wisest choice to reinforce recovery. Studies have shown that residents of sober living homes make improvements in a variety of areas. (1) This article takes a closer look at sober living and how it can help young men in recovery.
Structure and Accountability
A sober living home reinforces the structure you’ll need to transition into independent living. You’ll attend school or work in a paid job or as a volunteer, adapting to life with a regular schedule. If you need educational or vocational support, your sober living home will provide the assistance you’ll need.
You and your fellow residents deserve a safe environment that’s free of alcohol or drug use. Sober living environments ensure a safe haven by conducting random drug and alcohol screenings to ensure sobriety.
Reconnecting with Loved Ones
Family visits are encouraged when you’re residing in a sober living environment. These visits help you reconnect with loved ones and repair the damage done when drugs or alcohol were being abused. It also gives your family reassurance when they can check out the place where you’re living.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Just as you and your addiction are unique, your treatment plan needs to be unique as well. A sober living home’s staff develops a plan tailored to your needs to maximize effectiveness. Your recovery plan addresses your psychological, spiritual, financial, educational and vocational needs. They are also there to monitor your progress, offer advice and give encouragement.
Mentoring and Support
The staff at a sober living home is committed to giving you the mentoring and support needed to build skills for successful independent living. Services include money management, life skills and vocational and educational development. You’ll receive assistance with employment and career matters such as developing a resume, filling out an employment application and transportation to and from work.
When you live in a sober living home that’s gender- and age-specific, you’re surrounded by peers who have gone through an addiction experience as well. You’ll have people around you who understand what’s it like to be a young man in recovery. This makes for an exceptional environment for peer support and offers many opportunities to make friends. You’ll build an important social network of like-minded people, and some could become lifelong relationships. (2)
Once you’ve developed and reinforced the skills necessary to maintain recovery and independence, you can begin to look for permanent independent living arrangements. That’s the time where you’ll transition from a sober living home into your own residence and put to use the skills you’ve learned.