Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

While you are in addiction treatment, you are surrounded by people who want you to succeed in your efforts to live clean and sober. Fellow addicts, the staff and even acquaintances in the rehab environment will encourage you, hold you accountable, ask the hard questions and give you the support that is necessary for the early stages of recovery. However, when you leave addiction treatment, you still need a support system; in fact,  you need support after you leave rehab more than ever for the following reasons:

  • People in your support network understand your needs. As a recovering addict, there are some things you need and some things you need to avoid. You need a sober environment, to be in a place where all drugs and associated paraphernalia have been removed. Also, you need to avoid old friends who use drugs, as well as places where you would ritually get high. People in your support network will understand these needs, so they will work with you to make sure they are met. They will not take you to a bar, and they will find all your old drug stashes before you come home. They will give you space, but not too much.
  • A support network will help you avoid relapse. People in your inner circle of support know the triggers that will lead you to relapse—like seeing an former significant other, a phone call from home, financial problems, stress at work and etc. Because this support network knows these issues, they can help you ward off relapse before it happens. These people can encourage you to talk to a therapist, find a way to decompress from stress and even talk through your disappointment.
  • You will not feel isolated. One of the leading reasons why people use drugs is due to loneliness. Addiction is an alienating and isolating disease, so, when you feel alone in your battle against addiction, then community welcomes you to call one of your friends. Together, you can work on beating those feelings, particularly in a group meeting. You can go shopping or get together with other friends to break isolation. Having structure in place lessens the possibility that you will experience haunting isolation.
  • A sober network gives you connections. You can take a class, join a church, volunteer at a fundraiser, help at a nursing home and etc. to replace drug-related connections.

Nobody can thrive in isolation, as people are wired for community and connection. This is especially true of recovering addicts, so surround yourself with people who care about you to find the support you need to stay clean and sober.

Get Help for Your Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction, we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to talk with an admissions coordinator about the nature of your addiction. Together, you can determine the best steps to moving forward past isolation and into a recovery community.

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