When you’ve completed a substance abuse rehab program, an effective transition to sober living in North Carolina helps ensure your long-term success. As part of a tiered program of services, sober living programs give you another level of support instead of pushing you into real-world situations as soon as you’ve completed your initial drug or alcohol rehabilitation efforts. Sober homes make it easier to adapt to your new alcohol- and drug-free lifestyle and the sober living environment at Changing Tides gives you the support and structure you need.

Adjusting to Sober Living

Sober living services are designed for those who’ve successfully completed a substance abuse rehab program and are ready to practice sober living skills in a less structured environment. Peer support, professional counseling and life skills practice help you adjust to your new lifestyle.

Sober living services are available for however long you require them, and program length depends on your individual needs. An individual assessment upon admittance helps determine the details of your sober living program. Sober living services are available for anyone who’s completed a rehab program, including those who’ve previously struggled with alcoholism, drug abuse, prescription opioid addiction, heroin abuse and other substance abuse issues.

Goals of a sober living program include getting you back into the workforce and helping you learn how to manage everyday living. Counseling and support help you achieve these goals so you look forward not only to a future of sobriety but also to an enjoyable, productive lifestyle once you leave the program.

The Sober Living Schedule

Participating in sober living services involves committing to a program that features both structured activities and free time, so you learn how to effectively arrange your own time once you return home. A typical schedule includes daily group sessions in the morning or afternoon, along with one individual counseling session per week. Some participants in a sober living program also schedule family therapy sessions.

During your free time, you can pursue educational goals or return to work, and there’s time to explore hobbies or other interests. Building a foundation of healthy activities helps you adapt to everyday living without drugs or alcohol and reduces your chances of relapses or backsliding.

While in the sober living program, you’re monitored for rule compliance. This includes regular urine drug screening and agreeing not to bring prohibited items on-site, including drugs, alcohol and weapons. A 9 p.m. curfew helps ensure reliable sleep and relaxation time in the evenings, and curfew adjustments are available for individuals who have work schedules that require later hours.

Accountability is a key focus of sober living services, so your program is designed to hold you accountable for achieving your own personal goals as well as simply staying off drugs and alcohol. It’s a good idea to think about the things you want from a sober living program and how you want your life to look after you leave. The staff at Changing Tides can help you examine and assess these goals, and your program can be adjusted to help you meet them. Instead of just building a life without reliance on drugs and alcohol, you can build a life that you truly look forward to.

What Sober Living Includes

Our sober living program includes lodging and counseling sessions in a comfortable, supportive environment designed to help you maintain sobriety and develop the skills to transition back into everyday life. You stay on-site during your program in order to maintain some structure while adjusting to life without drugs or alcohol. Light housekeeping services, such as linen laundering, are performed by on-site staff to let you concentrate on the activities that are vital to your ongoing recovery. Participants are responsible for their own meals.

Group and individual therapy lets you continue the work done during your rehab program. You can also participate in 12-step peer support programs off-site, and your sober living program provides transportation to the meetings to make attendance easy. Peer support lets you feel less alone in your journey toward long-term recovery, and seeing other people succeed at sobriety gives you needed motivation to continue pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

Continued counseling also provides further insight into the things that led to your addiction, which can help you avoid relapses in the future.

Private access to the beach provides an opportunity for contemplative reflection and recreation. A seasonal pool, basketball hoops, exercise equipment and space to participate in sports offer plenty of options for physical fitness to keep mind and body healthy during your stay. Scheduled community activities help you stay connected with others in the program.

Family and friends can visit participants in a sober living program with an approved appointment, and many clients participate in family therapy to prepare for a return to living with relatives after their program ends.

Transitioning to Sober Living Services

Sober living services at Changing Tides are designed for people who’ve completed some type of rehab program. Services are provided on-site in the same beachside setting as our rehab programs, making the transition from rehab to a sober living program simple. Individuals who have participated in a rehab program elsewhere can also join our sober living program with verification of the program they previously attended. This type of program works best when clients are admitted directly from a drug or alcohol rehab program without any breaks, and participants should be completely clean of substances before switching to a sober living program.

If you’re ready to break free of addiction, give us a call at 252-715-3905 or visit our admissions page to find out more about alcohol and drug rehab in North Carolina and our sober living near me services that help program participants move from rehab into a long-term sober lifestyle. Transitioning through the different tiers of our programs can give you the skills you need to get where you want to be. Contact us for more information about everything from entering a substance abuse rehab program to developing a lifelong habit of sobriety.