Oxford house, half-way house, sober living home. All of these terms refer to a model of living wherein a group of individuals live together in a home and share a portion of their daily lives. These individuals can come from many different walks of life but they all have one thing in common—they are seeking sobriety from alcohol or drugs and need a place to stay that can provide structure and guidance without being prison-like.
Surfside Structured Sober Living home in NJ provides this and more! We help disrupt the cycle of addiction by striking at the heart of relapse which often occurs after people leave a clinical treatment program and are on their own. Today we ask, how exactly does sober living benefit recovery?
Our Sober Living Home is NOT a Clinical Treatment Program
You might ask, if structured sober living is not a clinical treatment program, then how can it help? That’s a good question!
The reality is, many individuals relapse after being released from clinical treatment. Even if the institution offering that treatment is credible and well-intentioned, there’s only so much follow up they can do to help someone who is an alumni other than keeping them involved in the community—which is the person’s choice.
Because Surfside’s structured sober living home in NJ isn’t a clinical program, we actually can offer support in the post-treatment category of recovery.
Clinical treatment programs focus on helping a person understand their condition, understand how they can cope with it, and identify key triggers for relapse and strategize around that. These are some of the basic functions of a clinical treatment program, alongside many other things.
At Surfside, we tackle a crucial element that seldom cannot be tackled in clinical treatment, which is how to live. Not just live, but live with respect for yourself and others, honesty, and a good work ethic. Addiction is a disease that ravages social relationships and our ability to interact with others in a positive manner.
This results in a diminished ability for addicts or even recovering addicts to seek employment, maintain it, foster positive relationships, etc. Living in a structured sober living environment with like-minded individuals can be the social experience that many people need to move forward in life and prevent relapse.
Sober Living Homes Provide Compassionate Accountability
Accountability can be a tough word for some. It may remind them of parental figures imposing harsh restrictions on them or teachers and/or bosses telling them they are responsible for something that they believe is unfair.
Whatever the case, it’s different with us. Accountability is born from respect for you as well as your goals. We hold all of our residents responsible for many things. They are held accountable for taking the outlined steps to achieving their goals as well as the milestones we’ve set such as acquiring work, learning to budget their expenses, etc.
Working against your goals can feel good in the moment, which is why so many people fail to accomplish what they set out to do—prior addiction or not. But what happens is at the end of the year, they review what’s happened and there’s nothing but regret and bitterness over not moving forward. Any person can be susceptible to a spell of depression or anxiety when they feel they are not going somewhere meaningful in life.
For a person who has struggled with addiction, it can potentially be the cause of a relapse. This is why we place so much emphasis on building life skills in our structured sober living home in NJ that will help avoid these situations. It feels good to succeed and be able to do what you set out to do!
Sober Living Home in NJ
Surfside Structured Sober Living provides sober living in NJ. Our sober living program’s success has been predicated on our emphasis on developing life skills and holding our residents accountable for their lives. It’s not all work, though! Just a short walk or bike ride away is the bay and the beach. Swimming, surfing, fishing, are just a few of the activities available for residents of our program to enjoy with their new friends.
We also help organize many events where housemates can go out and have a good time whether that be a gym day, going axe throwing, or playing sports! The important thing is to remember that you’re not alone. With Surfside Structured Sober Living, you are part of a community that cares about your success and growth not just as a person in recovery, but also as a man.
Contact us today if you feel you or a loved one will benefit from joining our community to reach your goals.