If you’re heading to a Sober Living Program or considering joining a community, here are just a few of the lessons and skills you’ll be looking to learn:
1. You will learn to manage your time responsibly.
While in a Sober Living Program, you will learn effective time management skills that will help you live more independently and efficiently, successfully organizing your professional and personal lives. Structure and continued adherence to a schedule, are key factors in maintaining a focused and productive sober lifestyle.
2. You will learn about the power of a network.
Living with like-minded individuals in similar scenarios will teach you the power of a network, as well as the ability to conquer challenges with the help and support of others. Network building is an essential skill that will carry on into your professional life and help in career building. The friendships created in sober living can and should last a lifetime. Learning to rediscover the joys of life and overcoming adversity with others on the same journey create strong bonds. It is often a relief to finally learn that you do not have to walk alone though anything in life.
3. You will learn about proper self care.
Beyond living in sobriety, Sober Living Programs will teach you healthy lifestyle skills, including proper exercise schedules, healthy eating, cooking, and more. Addiction was so much about surviving and when in survival mode, poor decisions are made regarding one’s health. It is to be expected, but now you have the opportunity to create healthy new habits that will carry you through your lifetime.
4. You will strengthen your professional skills.
Many Sober Living Programs include workshops on securing and keeping employment, as well as interview skills and help with managing finances. While “normal” people were learning the skills that carry them through their professional lives, people suffering from addiction, were incapable of building the skillset to the same extent. Now that the drugs or alcohol are removed from the picture, the opportunity to focus on learning career-oriented skills should be capitalized on.
5. You will learn more about yourself.
One of the most important takeaways from Sober Living is knowing what works best for you, and getting a better overall understanding of your situation. You will learn how to set goals for, encourage, and reward yourself. You will have experienced all sorts of new opportunities from which you are able to grow: conflict resolution, being considerate of others, adhering to a schedule, effective communication, and learning to have fun without the use of alcohol or drugs are just a few of the newfound skills that can be your takeaways from Sober Living.