Having a relative in a sober living facility can be a taxing and emotionally troubling experience. This rehabilitation in a loved one’s life is often greatly needed and appreciated, but is difficult on the heels of potentially traumatic occurrences that have usually led to the attempt at a lifestyle change. As difficult as the sober living facility experience may be for relatives and loved ones, they must remember that the experience is probably twice as difficult for the individual seeking sobriety. If you are close to anyone experiencing life in a sober living facility (or even if you are not), here are 7 great reasons to encourage people in sober living facilities!
1. It’s important to let individual’s living in sober living facilities know that they have a source of support when they return to normal life.
One of the primary reasons that addicts often immediately slip back into terrible habits when they complete rehabilitation programs is that they feel they have no real support upon returning to day to day living. The supportive environment that is provided in sober living facility is often completely removed after completion. At this point, it is difficult to form relationships that provide a sense of comfort and support to the addict. For this reason, it is helpful to start developing this sort of relationship with your loved one during the sober living residency. This way, the resident knows that they are cared for and supported before they complete the program and are more likely to turn to you for help if they struggle after it is over.
2. Sober living facilities can get lonely. Its helpful to residents to know that they are being thought of.
Although there are counselors and other residents in the facilities, a lack of close connection to these individuals can create a very lonely experience for the resident. Encouraging your loved one through letters and other forms of communication can make this process easier and even help the resident to feel that the program is worth completing.
3. Addicts can be easily discouraged. A word of positivity can be the difference between failure and success in the program.
Because overuse of alcohol and drugs often leads to depression, it can be difficult for sober living residents to remain encouraged that they are taking positive steps in their lives. Encouragement from you can help them to believe they are making a worthwhile decision.
4. Letting sober living residents know you are invested can help them avoid detrimental habits in the future.
Sober living facility residents are very susceptible to relapse immediately after leaving their programs, specifically if they have no sense of support. Writing to let them know you are personally invested can give them the accountability they need to continue to make positive changes.
5. Encouragement can provide opportunities for your resident to make amends for past wrong doings.
An important part of the rehabilitation program is that the resident be able to make amends for negative behavior they may have exhibited during drug or alcohol abuse. Your encouragement can help open a door that allows a resident to seek to make restitution or seek reconciliation after poor behavior.
6. Your encouragement can provide desperately needed emotional support.
Because you don’t always know exactly what is going on during daily lessons at a sober living facility, you never know how a resident is emotionally adapting to the work being done in their lives. Your encouragement can provide a very necessary outlet for residents, specifically towards the beginning of the program.
7. You can assist sober living counselors in creating a safe space for residents.
Often, sober living residents seek people and environments that are safe for them to process information and adapt to new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. By providing encouragement for a resident in a sober living facility, you can become a person who is considered safe for the resident to share struggles and victories with.
As with any lifestyle change, adjusting to a sober life can be a heart wrenching and burdensome time for both you and your sober living resident. Offering your encouragement can be difficult as well. It is well worth your effort, however, to help another human being gain access to a better life.