Daily Routine in Sober Living

daily routine in sober livingIn sober living, the daily schedule opens up considerably as compared to the intensive therapeutic schedule imposed upon patients in a residential drug rehab program. One of the responsibilities of the resident is to create a daily routine and weekly schedule that:

  • Prioritizes their ongoing treatment and therapeutic recovery from addiction
  • Allows for treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders and/or physical ailments
  • Includes time for family therapy and rebuilding positive relationships
  • Addresses the mainstays of any balanced life as needed, including managing legal commitments, employment, and future living situation

The routine you choose for yourself in sober living should be based on your personal needs. What you include and what you don’t are things you can decide with the assistance of sober living staff, including a case manager, house manager, or life coach.

Tough Decisions

The first inclination of many residents in sober living is to fill their days with everything – or nothing. Some choose to relax and avoid leaving the house, needing encouragement to even attend the bare minimum of required therapeutic sessions or 12-step meetings, while others grab hold of the first opportunity that comes their way and fill their days with that to the exclusion of all else.

The key is to include in each day a wide range of activities that are positive. This provides balance and helps to avoid burnout in any one area while also ensuring that few, if any, important things that require attention fall through the cracks. Many residents opt to include:

  • 12-step meetings
  • Personal therapy sessions
  • Family therapy sessions
  • House meetings
  • Skills training workshops
  • Workouts
  • Job interviews
  • Looking for housing
  • Required meetings with a parole officer, lawyer, or court-mandated anger management or treatment requirements

Avoid Boredom

One of the biggest threats to those in recovery is stagnation. Simply treading water in therapy or only attending the occasional 12-step meeting is not enough to remain actively engaged in recovery. Residents who allow boredom to overtake them often find that their cravings for drugs and alcohol grow more intense – and soon become overwhelming. If you find that you don’t know how to fill your time, you can go to more 12-step meetings, make appointments with sober friends for coffee or walks, offer to help out around the sober living home, or find a volunteer position in the community. As ideas come to you about how to spend your time, you can adjust your schedule as needed.

The Option to Adjust as Necessary

One of the benefits of being master of your daily schedule is that you have the ability to alter it as needed. If you determine that something is no longer serving you, you can cut back or cut it out entirely and replace it with something more beneficial.

Similarly, if you advance due to taking part in a certain activity and find that it’s time to move forward, you can go onto the next stage, whether that means taking a new job or changing therapies. If you are concerned about making any decisions regarding your daily routine in sober living or need any guidance in terms of how to manage difficulties or what to incorporate into your schedule, you can turn to the sober living staff for assistance.

Feel free to call us with any questions you have about daily routines in sober living homes. We can also connect you to a sober living home that will work for your situation.

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