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How Sober Living has Helped Me in Sobriety

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I had been through five different treatment centers and could never seem to maintain sobriety. I was still running on self will and it just wasn’t working. I was an opiate addict who never fully took the direction of the treatment staff at the rehab centers I was at. When I entered my sixth treatment center I decided I was going to take direction and surrender to the program. One of the things that were stressed in every treatment center I had been to was aftercare. Aftercare is basically continuing some type of treatment after you leave inpatient rehabilitation. I was always against doing any type of aftercare whether it be sober living, a recovery house or outpatient rehabilitation. I finally had it set it my mind that I would follow up with any aftercare recommendation I was given. At this point I had failed miserably at every attempt to get sober. My quality of life was not where I wanted it to be. So I figured it couldn’t hurt to try something new and actually give sobriety a shot. I followed through and agreed to my aftercare recommendation.

My recommendation turned out to be a sober living in Los Angeles, California. I am from Pennsylvania and was very excited about moving to a new location to start my life over. I knew that geographic changes never work if you don’t work a program as I had tried it before in the past. I was determined this time to start fresh in a new state and build a sober network. I had never been in a sober living before and was not sure on how it would be. My only experience with treatment was inpatient rehab where there are many restrictions on what you can and can’t do. I was surprised to find out that sober living was more of a transition back into a normal way of life. The guys I have met through the sober living are great. We have a lot of fun in sobriety which is added proof that sobriety will make life much more complete than using ever could.

I have been sober for longer than I ever have been in my life. I believe that living at a sober living home has a lot to do with that. If somebody is like me than 30 days at a treatment center just isn’t enough. The continued support and structure I am receiving at sober living has allowed me to grab on to sobriety and really believe in the process. My program has become routine. I see the changes in myself and would never want to go back to the person I used to be. I have acquired a lot of new friends since I have been at the sober living. Some people view all treatment as lock-down type facilities or places where you can’t go anywhere. It’s actually the opposite of that, I have been doing more since I have been sober than I ever have before. I’m doing things I’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t because my addiction was holding me down.

If I could go back I wouldn’t change anything about my story or where I ended up. I really feel things couldn’t have worked out any better and I am grateful for everything that has happened in my life. Without agreeing to come to sober living I may still be back on the east coast doing the same old things, with the same old people, in the same old places and none of those things would have got me anywhere in life.

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