Where Should I Live in the Early Stages of Recovery From Addiction?
Published On: October 9, 20204.5 min read
“Surround yourself with people who remind you more of your future than your past.”
-Dan Sullivan, Author and Speaker
Success in recovery can depend significantly upon the environment in which you choose to live. Where you live when you are clean and sober plays a significant role in your life. The people you surround yourself with, especially at home, will play a key role in your ability to remain clean and sober. Choosing to live with people who are like-minded and on a similar path to recovery will help you in your recovery. Your living environment can help or hinder your chances of success and your long-term recovery. Think about what you want to become in your future and find people on the same path. You might also consider finding people who are already where you would like to be. These people can provide you with a positive role model for maintaining sobriety.
Environments that are conducive to making good decisions will help you succeed. When you live with people who are not clean and sober, you may be triggered or tempted to engage in addictive or unhealthy behaviors more easily. You want to find people who are not drinking or taking drugs. Ideally, you want to find people working a 12-Step program as well. People with shared goals can support and encourage each other. In the early stages of recovery, building a support system will help you overcome some of the initial challenges of sobriety. Surround yourself with people who are understanding and can cheer you on. You can also help your peers in recovery by setting an example and embodying a robust and positive presence.
You will also want to be mindful of your surroundings and the community outside of your home. For example, most people would have difficulty living next to a bar or night club. You might be triggered by the behaviors of those going to those places. You may also find those places to be loud and disruptive to keeping a regular sleeping routine.
Community Means Everything
Community is one of the pillars of recovery that Camelback Recovery believes will help you in your recovery. Often, we hear that each person is a composite or an average of the five people they spend most of their time with. Surrounding yourself with people who are stable and also want to be better can help you build the community you need in recovery. Look for people with regular routines and schedules, people with a purpose in life, and people who make good decisions. Live in a supportive environment with people who will hold you accountable to your sobriety and encourage positive life changes. Find people who are able and willing to call out destructive behaviors or notice when you are slipping. You also want to be able to provide this accountability to others to foster a structured community.
Sharing Healthy Habits and Routines
“Your daily routine is the clearest indicator of where you’re going.”
-Benjamin P. Hardy, Author of Willpower Doesn’t Work
A living environment without a clear structure or routine can lead you back to unhealthy habits. When choosing where to live when in recovery, find people who engage in healthy daily habits, like exercise and eating nutritional meals. You will be able to build a healthy structure together if you live with others who are serious and committed to sober living. When you surround yourself with others making good decisions, you have more opportunities to make good decisions yourself. Essentially, you want to find partners in sobriety and other healthy lifestyle choices. You also want to have a sense of camaraderie among your peers as you create a healthy living routine.
Combating “Decision Fatigue”
Decision fatigue occurs when a person has recently undergone a long period of making decisions. Think about how many decisions you have made along your path to recovery! You had to decide on a program, a treatment plan, a facility, additional medical support, or other therapies. You also needed to make decisions as a result of engaging in sober living, such as decisions based on finances or family contact. You may have needed to make decisions about ending unhealthy relationships in your life. Decision fatigue happens when you spend a length of time making numerous decisions. Your decision-making skills begin to fall apart. You may become susceptible to making bad decisions at this time. Finding a structured and supportive sober living environment with others holding you accountable for making good choices can combat decision fatigue.
Your environment will play a key factor in your ability to commit to a clean and sober lifestyle, especially during the early stages of recovery. You want to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who can both support and inspire you in your sobriety. Find people taking their life changes seriously as they continue to find healthy ways of living in recovery. By being around people of a similar mindset, you can build a supportive and structured community within your home. Finding people with a purpose can inspire you to seek meaning in your life. A supportive environment will set you up with opportunities to make good decisions and combat decision fatigue. Camelback Recovery believes that supportive environments are essential to recovery and sober living. Call us today at (602) 466-9880 to discuss our sober living programs and recovery coaching!