When you are first getting sober, the temptation to pick up that drink or drug is very real. You’re still holding off the thoughts and behaviors of a using person, and triggers seem to exist at every turn.
These triggers can squash all the progress you’ve made in treatment if you’re not careful – and can even cause you to nosedive back into relapse.
An Influence Closest to Home
Sharing a place with someone who parties on a regular basis can put you on the fast-track to using again – proving once again why it’s vital to choose a roommate who has a similar lifestyle.
A new service can help make that roomie decision a little easier – by helping people locate sober, like-minded roommates. Started by two women who are recovering addicts themselves, Roommates in Sobriety serves as an aftercare tool to help people start the next phase of life in recovery.
This user-friendly site offers two options: post a roommate profile or post a property that is in need of a roommate. Consisting of numerous filtering options to locate that ideal living companion (including amount of sober time under your belt), Roommates in Sobriety hosts listings all over the country and they currently have over 6000 users.
The Perks of a Sober Roomie
Living with another person that’s equally committed to sobriety greatly benefits those struggling with addiction.
While there’s nothing wrong with hanging around non-recovering people, per se, there’s one big factor you have to remember: they can’t fully understand the mind of a recovering addict.A sober roommate can open you up to a new network of sober-minded individuals. While there’s nothing wrong with hanging around non-recovering people, per se, there’s one big factor you have to remember: they can’t fully understand the mind of a recovering addict. As a result, there’s always the chance they could unknowingly give advice that’s not in your best interest or do something to put you in a situation that triggers a relapse.
Being around a new group of like-minded people lessens the risk of backsliding and teaches you how to have fun without drugs or alcohol in the picture. In addition, having a sober roommate can help beat loneliness and isolation; two factors that can hinder your recovery. Because you share similar interests, you can engage in sober activities, attend meetings together and discuss the joys and sorrows of your recovery process.
Having someone there to open up to who understands what you’re dealing with is crucial in managing your sobriety and maintaining a positive outlook on this new way of life.
Additional Reading: 5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Sober Living House
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