At White Sands, a core part of our care philosophy is the belief that recovery continues beyond the time that you spend in rehabilitation. In our experience, recovering alcoholics and drug addicts typically become happier and more successful if they continue to take advantage of facilities and programs that can help to maintain sobriety and prevent relapse. One particularly effective type of aftercare takes the form of a sober living community (sometimes called a halfway house or a sober house).
Our sober living community is an interim place to stay when you are between spending time in rehab and returning to all aspects of your former life. As such, it provides many of the benefits of a treatment center and of independent living at the same time. The basic principal of a sober living community or halfway house is to offer a safe, productive environment where friendships and mutual respect help the residents to abstain from substance abuse. If you or someone you love has recently been deemed fit to leave rehab behind, we would like you to consider the White Sands Sober Living Community, where you can benefit from practicing the types of skills that you will need to thrive when you return to living independently.
One of the key things that you will receive in this community is support. Just like you, the people around you will have struggled with the profound pain and confusion associated with addiction, and this means that you will always have someone to talk to. If you are having a difficult day and need someone understanding with whom you can discuss the difficulties of abstaining from drug or alcohol, this type of empathy will always be available. In addition, providing support to other members of the community will be instrumental in enhancing your self-knowledge and boosting your self-esteem. Every day, you will be making an active and positive contribution to the lives of other recovering addicts.
The other side of the coin is that the members of your community will be expecting you to stay sober, and will hold you accountable if you start to slip back towards older, destructive patterns of behavior. For many people, knowing that they will disappoint and negatively influence other recovering addicts can be a strong motivating factor during the continued recovery process.
Everyone in the community will be expected to abide by certain rules. One obvious rule is that there will be no drugs or alcohol, but it is also essential that the group is able to function in a productive, friendly way. As a result, no type of violence will be tolerated, random drug and alcohol tests can be expected, residents must be financially responsible about paying their fees, and people in the community should treat one another with respect, tolerance and compassion.
One of the main reasons why we strongly recommend entry into our sober living community is that there is a strong risk of relapse when patients make a sudden transition from rehab to independent living. Being exposed to all of the things that triggered substance abuse can be extremely daunting; for example, work stresses may return, family or marital problems may start to dominate your time, and you may seriously struggle to abstain from drugs or alcohol. By becoming a member of a sober living community, you will have a chance to return to work, family and your social life, while knowing that you also have the constant support of people who understand your feelings and will hold you accountable if you deviate from your chosen path of sobriety.
In addition, it is worth noting that many people who have entered into the sober living community at White Sands say that they have formed lifelong bonds. Profound friendships develop when you are spending so much time with people who know so much about your background and your emotions. In many cases, knowing that you can always get in touch with these people will help you to stay clean and sober over the course of your lifetime, as you will know that there is always somewhere to turn for support and understanding.
You deserve to be free from the devastating cycles of drug and alcohol addiction. Call (877)855-3470 to talk to our team of alcohol and drug treatment specialists about why White Sands Treatment Center is the perfect place to recover.