In early recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction it is very necessary to surround oneself with a strong network of people who can be of support when it comes to staying clean and sober. Like-minded people who are going through the same thing, or have gone through it and emerged on the other side, are vital pillars to lean on in times of need, times of joy and all that comes in between.
Often family members and friends who don’t suffer from the disease of addiction may be unable to comprehend the variables of the situation. For example, when an addict has a craving to use, it’s not a moral failing or a lack of willpower and resolve. It is a symptom of a disease. Having someone to converse with who truly understands what that means is a powerful comfort. It can be reassuring to know that one is not alone in their fight against their addiction. Addicts and alcoholics share a common bond of a shared experience of profound suffering. This allows for empathy and compassion among them. The fellowship and camaraderie between them can provide both a shoulder for support and a sympathetic ear to listen in troubled times, or a smile to laugh with in times of happiness.
Many addicts will be coming out of an isolated lifestyle of alienation. Human interaction and companionship is an important part of recovery. Oftentimes, following a stay in an inpatient facility, addicts and alcoholics will be unwilling to consider sober housing. They can be over-eager to return to their ordinary routines and familiar environment. Unfortunately, this decision frequently leads into reverting back to old behaviors and eventually relapse. As they say, “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” Nine times out of ten success in recovery depends on how willing someone is to make drastic changes in their patterns of living.
Sober housing is a specified environment where growth and recovery can be a palpable environment conducive to positive changes. As clients begin to reintegrate into a steady pace of life, sober house mates help each other out by: collectively taking care of housekeeping, getting to and from 12 step meetings, and finding employment. An experienced house manager takes on a role of leadership and supervision. Safety and well-being is a common concern for all. All the house members are accountable for their behaviors and actions. Everyone helps each other to stay focused on short-term and long-term goals. And, of course, sobriety and continuing recovery are always the top priorities.
Inspire has accommodations to offer that are friendly to the LGBTQ community. Our housing staff works with our clients when they arrive to find the living situation which will be most comfortable for each individual. There are several attractive options that all include a full kitchen, on-site washer and dryer for laundry and close proximity to grocery stores and 12-Step meeting locations. Often, housemates will forge lasting bonds with each other that last—and, in recovery, the more people you have in your corner providing support, the better. In fact, peer support and community are important parts of any individual’s recovery path. At Inspire, we hope to strengthen peer relations by providing reliable house managers, transportation to a variety of 12 step meetings, organizing outings for clients on the weekends, and being present with any dynamics that need to be addressed.
Inspire Recovery is available to assist clients in finding safe housing while they are in our program. We are here to help you through every step of your transition back into your fulfilling productive lives. Give our admissions team a call today to find out more.