Attending 12-Step Meetings While in Sober Living

12-step meetings in sober livingContinued growth in addiction treatment and recovery is the main priority of residents in sober living. After drug rehab, it’s important to remain as actively engaged as possible in one’s own progress in treatment. One of the best ways to do this is to attend 12-step meetings. Residents of sober living homes especially can benefit from this key treatment option, as it is often a thread of familiarity that stays with them from drug rehab through sober living and into a new independent life in sobriety.

Augmenting Therapeutic Treatment in Sober Living

Residents have the opportunity to take advantage of a range of therapies and treatments when they choose a high-end sober living home. Twelve-step meetings can be a welcome addition to a comprehensive addiction treatment schedule. Some sober living homes hold them at the house on a regular basis and ask residents to attend while others require residents to attend a certain number of 12-step meetings in the community each week. The goal is to ensure that residents are:

  • Prioritizing their recovery by attending meetings despite a growing number of commitments
  • Building positive relationships with sober peers
  • Adding one more level of accountability to their choices in recovery
  • Increasing the chances that residents will practice the positive principles of the 12-step program, including meeting with a sponsor, being honest in all things, taking an inventory of their part in problems as they arise, and giving back to the community

Benefits of 12-Step Meetings

The 12 steps and traditions practiced by those who take part in the program are designed to help participants to shift their perspective and alter negative views that may be holding them back in their ability to remain clean and sober. It’s not uncommon for former addicts to hold tight to their victim status, believing that others are often “out to get them” or that it is their bad luck that keeps them tied to the cycle of relapse and addiction. The 12-step program refutes that view by helping participants to:

  • Recognize the spiritual part of themselves through a higher power
  • Have a sponsor who can help them to avoid relapse and work the steps
  • Be as honest as possible with themselves and others, even when it is difficult or uncomfortable
  • Prioritize their community
  • Create positive boundaries that protect them and help them to create functional relationships

When combined with other treatments and therapies, the 12-step program can be hugely beneficial to an ongoing recovery.

Safety and Security in Recovery

Often, 12-step meetings are part of the recovery process in drug rehab programs that prioritize both traditional and holistic methods of treatment. The experience and structure of the meetings can quickly become familiar to patients and, when it’s time to move into a sober living home and move onto the next phase of recovery, that familiarity can provide a sense of comfort and security. So much changes so quickly in early recovery that the regular meetings can soon feel like home and help patients to transition into different phases of treatment.

Sober living offers a range of opportunities for residents to continue their growth in recovery, and 12-step meetings are just one of the many options available. Get the information you need to make an informed decision about sober living when you contact us at the phone number listed above.