Sober Support: A Must!
People. Places. Things.
Three things we are constantly hearing in the rooms. In early recovery all three of these concepts change. Typically one of these aspects lead to the reasons behind how your life was unmanageable and in the downward spiral of addiction. Now that you are embracing your new life in recovery, some of these old habits and surroundings need to change. Recovery is all about personal growth. This can only happen with the help of a good support system and overcoming the need for alcohol and drugs. Relapse, it is the main reason to have a dependable sober support system, those you surround yourself with in early recovery can help you deal with feelings that can lead to relapse. Your sober support, they are the ones who know how you’re feeling because they’ve been in your shoes. We call the first 90 days of early recovery the especially fragile time, so during these early and trying times, your- surroundings are extremely important.
Pre-recovery, you were living life a little differently. The people you surrounded yourself with in active addiction and the places you frequented probably were not the best atmospheres. When you made that decision to live a life clean and sober, you made a commitment to your recovery. When you made that decision, you knew the sacrifice that must be made when it comes to changing your lifestyle. This change will also include cutting people, places, and things out of your life that no longer correlate with your goals of staying clean and sober.
The only way to succeed in the early journey of staying clean and sober and to avoid relapse, is surrounding yourself with new healthy friends who are also in recovery.
With most treatment programs, an aftercare program is typically initiated by the client’s case manager. An aftercare program encourages multiple forms of sober support and typically includes sober living options, 12-step meeting locations, and follow up calls from an alumni department to check in from time to time. The Beaches Treatment Center is located in Lantana, Florida. It also happens to be in the heart of recovery central. The recovery community of South Florida is second to none. We encourage clients to stay in this environment in early recovery because of all the benefits that stem from a strong sober support team. During clients’ step-down levels of care, they are integrated into this local community by attending local 12-step based meetings.
In cases where a client decides to return to their hometown and it is not as recovery friendly, our on-staff case manager will look into the local recovery support in that area and relay this information to the client.
In early recovery it is up to the individual to stay true to their process and take the steps to ensure sustained sobriety. By surrounding yourself with sober support you are encouraging checks and balances on your life in recovery. Those familiar with the steps have no problem with calling someone out if they are not making the right decisions to ensure their abstinence from drugs and alcohol, being accountable to someone makes relapse less likely.
There will be hills and valleys to overcome throughout your journey in recovery. The most successful way to overcome challenges and avoid relapse is to have a strong sober support team surrounding you at every turn.