Addiction is a complex disease, causing individuals to seek and consume dangerous substances compulsively. The vast majority of addicts remain in active addiction for an extended period, reinforcing the self-destructive behavior and making it difficult for them to get sober on their own. That’s why the most successful recovery is one in which the individual takes his time. Habits are best unlearned when productive, healthy alternatives take those habits’ places, which is why our men’s sober living in Austin is such a powerful resource.
Sober living Retreats have become increasingly common as we have learned that the best way to overcome an addiction is for a slow, steady, and focused recovery, which is what sober living was designed to be. At Any Length Retreat Center, our men’s sober living Retreat is one of our most powerful recovery resources.
The addiction recovery process is like a puzzle with many different pieces. Of course, the journey differs for every addict, but each addict’s recovery will require several essential components. Active recovery is typically the period spent in the two-week, thirty-day, or sixty- day Retreat, during which time an individual participates in individual therapy, group sessions, life skills training, and learns vital relapse prevention techniques. However, it’s the period that immediately follows active recovery that is the most tenuous time for recovering addicts. Most relapses occur during this period immediately following the completion of an addiction Retreat because of an insufficient amount of time spent reinforcing one’s newfound sobriety. Although a Retreat affords the necessary time to learn vital recovery skills, it’s not enough time to practice and perfect those skills. That’s where a sober living Retreat comes in.
The purpose of a sober living Retreat is to afford those in recovery with an additional period in which to reinforce newfound sobriety. When an individual returns home after treatment, he must assume full responsibility for remaining sober and resisting any temptations to relapse; however, a sober living Retreat affords individuals with a residential environment that’s more structured than their homes. In essence, individuals in sober living Retreats can “practice” remaining sober while living a mostly-independent lifestyle in the safety of a monitored, drug-free home.
What are the Benefits of Men’s Sober Living?
When it comes to transitional recovery, there are many benefits to participating in our men’s sober living in Austin, Texas. Perhaps the most obvious and significant benefit is that Any Length’s sober living affords a period in which to transition from active recovery to becoming solely accountable for one’s sobriety. Since the period following treatment is such a delicate time in the recovery journey, having the time to get acclimated to a sober lifestyle in a structured and supervised residential environment helps to strengthen an individual’s recovery, decreasing the likelihood of relapsing upon returning home.
The added adjustment period isn’t the only benefit of our men’s sober living in Austin. Some of the other benefits include having the opportunity to learn to be more responsible, to assume accountability for one’s actions and sobriety, regaining one’s independence, and creating new routines that will safeguard one’s sobriety
Responsibility and Accountability
While in active addiction, most addicts lose touch with many of the skills and abilities that are needed to be an independent member of society. For instance, they take very little care of their bodies and physical health, adopt unhealthy eating habits, and place minimal importance on their personal hygiene. This exacerbates the state of poor health caused by daily substance abuse, requiring individuals to begin re-learning these skills as part of the recovery process. Of course, many of these skills are regained in an addiction treatment, but being able to implement them on a daily basis requires a period of practice. Our men’s sober living Retreat in Austin allows individuals to have an extended period in which to practice caring for themselves and tending to their basic human needs. This minimizes the possibility of the effects of poor physical health causing a relapse after an individual returns home.
Accountability is another important part of the recovery process that’s learned but not perfected while in an addiction treatment. Over the course of active addiction, most addicts get into the habit of blaming external sources for the majority of their problems, including their actual addictions. Being able to take accountability for one’s actions and circumstances is essential for an individual to achieve lasting sobriety and can be learned while in our men’s sober living in Austin, Texas.
Sample Daily Schedule
When necessary revision to the daily schedule may change.
6:40 AM – 7:00 AM Morning Meditation & Prayer
7:00 AM- 8:00 AM Work Ethic
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Morning Activities to Start Your Day
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Job, Volunteer, and School Search Outside of House
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Suggested Recovery Meeting
10:00 PM – 10:30 PM Suggested Nightly Inventories (self review of the day
Learning to Live a Sober, Independent Life
Alcohol or drug abuse is the center of an addict’s life, becoming more important than careers, relationships, physical health, and virtually anything else. After getting sober, many individuals find that the most difficult part of being in recovery is that they still feel like alcohol and drug abuse should be the center of their lives. Getting through this difficult transitional period requires an individual to begin establishing a new lifestyle in which substance abuse it’s at the center. Our men’s sober living in Austin provides an ideal way of creating and getting acclimated to this new recovery lifestyle.
While living in our men’s sober living homes, an individual will benefit from a certain amount of structure throughout each day. Residents are encouraged to participate in daily activities such as morning meditation and prayer groups, life skills training sessions, twelve-step study groups, and a variety of others. Meanwhile, residents have opportunities to join recovery fellowships both within the sober homes and in the communities. In effect, there’s enough daily structure to help residents learn open-mindedness, cooperation, independence, time management, productivity, and relapse prevention skills. Our men’s sober living in Austin is designed to be an individual’s launching pad, helping him transition from rehabilitation to long-term recovery
Preparing for Long-Term Sobriety
As you can see, the greatest benefit of sober living Retreats is that it offers individuals a period during which to develop a sober lifestyle and practice living life free from substance abuse. While a number of individuals have experienced success in recovery without sober living Retreats, these Retreats are designed to reinforce one’s recovery, minimizing an individual’s potential for relapse and making a long, sober life a reality. Success in recovery doesn’t happen overnight, which is why it’s important for individuals to take ample time to transition into this new, healthier way of living.
At Any Length Retreat Center, our men’s sober living in Austin was designed as a means of helping individuals become more confident in their newfound sobriety. However, it also serves as a time for individuals to establish lasting relationships with other individuals in the recovery community; many of the connections that residents make in our sober living Retreat turn into lasting friendships. If you would like to join Any Length family by signing up for our men’s sober living in Austin or to learn more about one of the other Retreats we offer, contact Any Length Retreat Center today. Let us help you or your loved one regain independence and become a responsible, independent member of the community