Now that you are living in a sober living community, you may be wondering what you can do to enhance your new sober lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions on how to get the most out of your sober living experience.
1. Get back to school! Have you always wanted to get back into your academics but your addiction hindered you? If so, the time to get back into school is now. If you feel that you are ready to create a better future for yourself through higher learning, now is the right time to begin. Don’t allow self-doubt or the judgement of others stand in the way of your education. With your higher education as a goal in your ongoing recovery, you will be able to prove to yourself and those that doubted you how capable you really are. Now is the time to reach for those high aspirations you let go of in the past. It isn’t too late to strive toward your goal! Go back to school to receive the education you need to achieve the future you’ve been dreaming of. Remember that everyone makes mistakes in life- don’t let your past hold you back from attaining success.
2. Participate in support groups. Moments of vulnerability are bound to pop up as you continue down your recovery path. There are many others who face the same trials and tribulations as you, also feeling alone and unsupported. To help you stay steady in your journey, you can join a support group. Being with others who have experienced the same situations in life can give you insight into how you can cope as well as provide encouragement and motivation. Plus, you have the opportunity to provide those same services to others who are where you once were. This is a positive way to put energy into something you are truly passionate about.
3. Learn new life skills. You can participate in new hobbies like cooking, writing, meditation, practicing martial arts, or any other new and positive interest that can improve your quality of life in recovery. By learning these new means of coping with stress and other challenges, you are creating a greater number of defenses against temptation and relapse. The purpose of a sober living community is to give you time and space to discover how to live independently without the need for illicit substances. You can even learn how to meditate so you can learn how to control and process your feelings, thoughts, and emotions throughout the day. This can help you to begin thinking positively and come up with innovative solutions to life’s challenges. Any new life skill that promotes your overall well-being and recovery can be utilized to benefit multiple aspects of your life beyond the sober living community.
4. Make friends in your sober living community. Now that you are transitioning back into society, it will be helpful to start making friends who encourage sobriety in your life. Your sober living community has people who have the same goal in mind as you: sobriety. Forming relationships with these people can promote your overall recovery and help you remain focused on that goal. You will be able to connect over the similar experiences and teach each other valuable lessons to carry along your journey. By making new friends, you can make your recovery journey more exciting and fun. Learning to have sober fun together creates a lifelong bond of support and companionship!
These are just a few of the many ways you can make the most of your sober living experience. Use this time in your life to explore your personal interests and discover new passions. Through continued dedication and perseverance, sober living can bring great opportunities and experiences like you’ve never dreamed!