5 Tips for Transitioning Out of Sober Living

Your time in a sober living home was there to teach you how to live on your own in recovery. Now that you are ready to leave that environment and move onto independent living, you may feel a mix of emotions such as excitement, nervousness, fear, happiness, or accomplishment. 


Whatever you are feeling, you can take steps to ensure your transition is a smooth one. This will enable you to leave the sober living facility with confidence, knowing that you have the tools to maintain recovery on your own outside of a treatment facility. As you make this transition, consider these tips to help you during the process for a successful move and future in recovery.


Keep Relapse Prevention in Mind


First and foremost, it is essential to remember that relapse is not a lack of willpower or an indication of your strength. It happens, and you can recover from it with the right tools and support. You shouldn’t shame yourself if it does happen, but you should be persistent in getting yourself back into treatment if a relapse occurs.


Relapse is a possibility for anyone in recovery because addiction is a chronic disease. This means that you will need to have the proper tools in place before leaving treatment to ensure you can prevent and manage any triggers that may potentially lead to relapse. Working with your treatment team can help you prepare for these instances outside of the sober living home. 


Some of the most common relapse prevention strategies include self-care, the HALT method, grounding techniques, mindfulness meditation, breathwork, playing the tape through, and support groups. Keep these in mind as you move out of sober living and begin independent sober life in recovery.


Have a Strong Support Network


It can be terrifying to think about facing recovery on your own outside of treatment, but having a solid support system in place can help you through this process. You can never have an excessive amount of support in recovery, especially when you make a significant transition, such as moving on to independent life after a sober living home. 


While you are in the process, make sure that you are surrounded by individuals to help you and offer advice when needed. These can be fellow sober buddies, family, close friends, a sponsor, or a mentor. Whoever these people are for you, hang onto them throughout this process. Isolation is a common relapse trigger, and now is not the time to be letting go of your support system. Hold them tight and lean on them through this transition.


Find Local Support Groups


Just because you are leaving a treatment facility does not mean you get to stop actively engaging in recovery activities and meetings. It may be easier to do so while you are in a sober living program because it’s a requirement, but you need to hold yourself accountable to continue doing so when you live on your own. This will allow you to continue living in a recovery atmosphere and be around individuals that support your sobriety. 


It can be easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of independent life, but ensuring that your sobriety is still a priority is what will keep you on track. You can research local groups or ask the sober living home staff if they have any recommendations. 


Stick to a Structured Routine


While in the sober living facility, you most likely stuck to a structured daily routine. This was to help you consistently take part in recovery activities and tasks that keep you on the path to sobriety. When you move out, it is a good idea to stick to this routine, adapting it to your new life outside so that you can continue on the path to recovery. Maintaining balance in your life will reduce stress, alleviate depression, keep you sober, and help you feel productive in recovery.


Practice Budgeting


While you may not have as many expenses to keep track of at the sober living home, it is still a good idea to practice some form of budgeting to prepare yourself for life once you leave. This will save you a lot of stress in the long run as you learn to properly save and budget your money to help pay for bills, utilities, and personal items. You can even ask your sober living home if they have any courses or mentors to help you with this process. This way, you’ll feel confident handling money once you move out.


Moving out of a sober living home and embarking on a new chapter of your recovery is an exciting step on your sobriety journey. However, even with all the excitement, it can still be a nerve-wracking experience. This is why it is crucial to have a plan in place when you begin this transition. At NorthStar Transitions, we have a sober living home for men 18 and older that helps numerous clients learn how to live life in recovery. As they reach the end of their time with us, we work with them one-on-one to ensure they are set up for success. Our patients know that they are in good hands with our sober living staff because they utilize evidence-based treatment techniques. You should know that you are never alone. Even after you leave us, we are still here to provide support and assistance if you ever need it. Call NorthStar today at (303) 558-6400.

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