Going to Meetings While in Sober Living

meetings while in sober livingSober living provides a mid-step between the intensive treatment and 24-hour assistance provided by an inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment program and the outpatient support available to patients once they return home. Though patients have the benefit of a drug-free home environment and housemates who are also on the path of sobriety, they may spend time out in the community as they work toward building a solid life for themselves in abstinence. A major goal of this period is to create a sober community of peers who will be able to provide continuous support throughout the transition. For many, 12-step meetings play a large part in this.

12-Step Meetings and the Sober Living Home

In some sober living situations, attendance at 12-step meetings is mandatory. It may be required that all members attend in-house 12-step meetings daily, a few times each week, or weekly. They provide such a valuable tool to aid in a seamless transition from the rehab or sober living house back home since patients can take part in 12-step meetings almost anywhere in the world. As a result, they are often a requirement of living in a sober living house.

Other sober living homes, however, ask that patients attend 12-step meetings out in the community. Especially for those patients who will continue to live in the area, it can provide an invaluable peer network-building resource as they work their way toward moving home.

The Option of 12-Step Meetings

For those patients who choose sober living homes that do not require 12-step meeting attendance, they are still encouraged to attend. There are a number of different kinds of 12-step meetings to choose from, so each patient should be able to find one – often, more than one – that speaks to their needs. There are meetings that offer:

  • Support for specific drugs of abuse
  • Gender-specific support
  • Atheist or non-Christian religious support
  • Exploration of principles of recovery or a more social feel

There are meetings of all lengths of time and at all times of the day and night so as to accommodate anyone’s schedule.

12-Step Meetings Are Not Enough

Though 12-step meetings are hugely beneficial in terms of the peer support and regular engagement with recovery that they provide, they are not enough when it comes to maintaining steady progress in recovery. Patients should make sure to engage in a well-rounded therapeutic program that addresses all the needs that must be met in order for them to be firmly grounded in a life that is drug-free. This can include any combination of the following in addition to 12-step meetings:

  • Personal therapy that helps them to troubleshoot obstacles to sobriety as they arise
  • Mental health treatment to address medication needs and learn how to manage symptoms
  • Family therapy to continue to work on communication issues and other relationship issues at home
  • Job skills training and continuing education for career-building
  • Holistic treatment options that include yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage and bodywork, and others that promote overall health and wellness

Learn More About Sober Living Today

You can get the information you need to choose a sober living home that is right for you or your loved one when you contact us at the phone number listed above today. Call now to get started and begin your journey toward a life that is drug- and alcohol-free for the long-term.