Guide to Returning Home After Sober Living House

Guide to Returning Home After Sober Living House

Returning home after you have spent some time in a sober living house is a big milestone in your journey toward sobriety. Leaving behind the structure and supporting environment of the home can be challenging, especially when pelted with the responsibilities of everyday life. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared before leaving. At Sanctuary Foundation, we understand the importance of this step and offer guidance on how to help a recovering addict after sober living.

If you need a safe space to stay sober, our sober living environment at The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation may be right for you. Contact us and learn how we can help.

About Sanctuary Foundation

Sanctuary Foundation is a sober living house dedicated to creating a support group for recovering alcoholics or those who are alcohol-dependent. In our homes, you will live in a family-like setting, emphasizing a drug-and-alcohol-free environment. Sanctuary Foundation is not a transitional or halfway house or a medical addiction treatment center, instead, we are a community that takes care of each other using the framework of the AA 12-step program. We focus on creating a supportive, sober community to help people on their journey to recovery. 

How Long Can You Stay in a Sober Living House?

One question that people often want to know is, “How long can you stay in a sober living house?” The answer will vary from person to person. The length of stay is determined by the specific needs and progress of the person joining a sober living house. However, it is important to stay for as long as possible to establish a good foundation in recovery before entering back into society. Sanctuary Foundation itself has a structured environment where you can stay for an extended period as we become your landlord. 

Preparing for the Transition 

Returning home after a sober living house can come with a lot of mixed feelings. You may feel excited and ready, but you may also fear what is to come; all of this is normal. There are things you can put in place to make your transition more successful. Below, we list a few: 

Create a Support System

Make sure you have a good support system around you that includes friends, family, and sponsors. They should know that you are returning home and be ready to help. 

Develop a Relapse Prevention Plan

Before leaving, let your therapist or counselor know so they can help you build a solid plan to stop any possible relapses. 

Identify Triggers

Make a list of possible triggers, such as situations, places, or people, who might lead you down the wrong path. Decide how you are going to avoid these things or what you will do to handle them healthily. 

Attend Meetings and Therapy

Set up meetings or therapy sessions throughout the week so you will come back to a safe space to collect your thoughts. Keeping close to a community that understands you is important in this time. 

Set Realistic Goals

Set up some goals to look forward to once you have returned home, such as new relationships, better employment or schooling, new hobbies, and more. 

Create a Sober Environment

Make sure your new home environment is similar to the sober living house you just came from. There should be no temptations and a solid routine. 

Stay Accountable

Be open and honest about your progress to receive the best help possible. Regularly check in with a sponsor or therapist and admit to any slip-ups. 

How to Help a Recovering Addict After Sober Living

If you are the loved one of an alcoholic who is leaving a sober living facility, there is plenty that you can do to help. Below, we list some ways to contribute:

Educate Yourself

Learn as much as you can about addiction and the recovery process your loved one is going through. 

Communicate Openly

Keep communication open and honest, listen to their concerns, and try not to judge them through this difficult time. 

Be Patient

Your loved one might not move as quickly as you expect. There will be ups and downs. Be patient and understand the process toward recovery takes a long time. 

Encourage Healthy Activities

Take your loved one to the gym, go on walks, hiking, or other fun activities to help them keep their bodies moving. You could even cook healthy meals together. 

Avoid Enabling

Try not to enable your loved one. Learn how you can avoid this and protect the boundaries between you. 

Embracing a Brighter Future

Returning home after a sober living house is a scary but essential step towards a better future. At Sanctuary Foundation, we are committed to helping individuals successfully navigate this transition. Our supportive community and emphasis on a drug- and alcohol-free environment provide a solid foundation for a life in recovery. Remember, the journey of recovery continues, and with the right support, returning home after sober living can mark the beginning of a healthier, happier chapter in life. Contact us today.