The transition from a stay in a rehab facility back to your day-to-day life can be difficult. This is, in part, because you’re held accountable by rehabilitation staff while working with a facility, and you need your mental tools to keep yourself accountable once you lose that outside influence. For many, learning how to self-regulate can feel like an uphill battle. You’re no longer in the safe and substance-free walls of a facility, and the real world can feel like it’s surrounding you with temptation. Some people may build accountability through friends and family, but others find that staying in a sober living home is the best way to transition from rehab to daily life.
Oceanfront Recovery operates a sober living home out of Huntington Beach, a location that was chosen deliberately for the best possible results. Your first year of sobriety should be treated with the same care that your detox and initial treatment are. You deserve resources for every stage of your recovery. We also partner with facilities with excellent staff located in safe neighborhoods. Contact Oceanfront Recovery today to learn more about our sober living options or other treatment plans by calling us at (877) 296-7477.
Learning to Hold Yourself Accountable
Your journey to get sober is something that should be commended. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and you’ve accomplished real change in the face of an intensely difficult situation. That doesn’t mean your work is done, however. You have to find new ways to hold yourself accountable for your actions and continue making decisions that are positive for your recovery. One very helpful thing for many is to be completely transparent with some of your closest friends and family. When you’re honest about what you’re going through, you will remember that someone knows you’re striving for a sober lifestyle. When you go it alone, you have no one to disappoint but yourself, and that can be a slippery slope for the newly sober.
On that same track, an accountability partner can be helpful for many. Find someone else who is sober and doing their best to stay that way. You can encourage each other to stay committed to recovery, and it offers a valuable friend to turn to if you need someone to talk to. Many people also write a list of what they have to lose. Whether it’s your relationships with loved ones, your career, or even material possessions, write it down. Reflecting on that list when you feel triggered can help you visualize what matters and reset your priorities.
A Successful First Year of Sobriety
Sobriety is difficult to master, and it can be especially challenging in the first year. When you transition from a life controlled by substance abuse to one where you call the shots, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and in over your head. You’ll face challenges and triggers every day, but that doesn’t mean you’re not strong enough to overcome them. Recognize your triggers as they come up, remember coping strategies you learned in recovery, and take things one day at a time. Perhaps most importantly, remember that you don’t have to do this alone.
Learn More About Oceanfront Recovery’s Treatment Options
A sober living program is one way to ease into living a life without drugs or alcohol. In a sober living home, you’ll have access to rehabilitation resources, and you will benefit from guidance in every step you take. You will also have the opportunity to form lasting relationships with other sober individuals. These bonds may be some of the first ones you form without the crutch of substance abuse in a long time, and those ties are invaluable. You’ll also be equipped to find your independence without giving up your safety net. No matter your needs, Oceanfront Recovery offers programs to help. For more information on sober living options through Oceanfront Recovery, call us today at (877) 296-7477.