Deciding to go into sober living is a brave and exciting choice. It is the beginning of a new way of living and the chance for exciting opportunities. It is a place where you will have a built-in support system to help guide you every step of the way through your recovery.
It is understandable to be concerned about being away from the home and family you are used to. However, there are ways to prepare for the potential of homesickness when moving into a sober living home.
Rebuild Healthy Relationships with Your Loved Ones
Now is as good a time as any to focus on your relationships. This is a chance to connect with loved ones that you may have lost touch with or that you would like to build stronger bonds with. When you call a loved one, you never know how much the sound of their voice will impact your day. Don’t want to call? Letters are a good alternative. They can be funny, personal, or sentimental and are a great way for you to express any feelings that you might have trouble saying out loud.
Journaling can be very therapeutic, and the best part is, there is no wrong way to do it. You can list what you are grateful and hopeful for, which is a great way to start or end the day. You can write about what you accomplished that day and what you hope to do better the next. The best part of journaling is that it gives you a way to document your journey. So, when things are feeling particularly difficult, you can look back and see how far you’ve come. Feel free to add in any fond memories that you can reference when you’re feeling homesick.
Bring Mementos from Home
Personal mementos from home such as photographs or any other item that reminds you of good times and loved ones are encouraged, within reason. You are going to want to bring items that can bring a source of comfort if you are going through a difficult time.
Listen to Music You Love to Lift Your Mood
Music has the ability to change our mood and outlook on life and certain situations. Create a few different playlists made up of songs that you know will get you in a good mood. Whether those are songs that make you smile from good memories or songs that just make you want to dance, music is a great source of joy.
Make New Friends
It is common to feel lonely from time to time, especially when you are in a new place and away from home. The beauty of a sober living home is that it is made up of people going through similar situations and struggles. By being open to making new friends, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with others that you can lean on, especially when times are tough. You might get to help them just as much as they’ll get to help you. You never know; you might just make some long-lasting friendships.
Start New Sober Traditions
Since the people you are surrounded with in the sober living home will all be sober just like yourself, it can be helpful to create some new traditions together. This can include choosing a night to introduce one another to new music, a fun game night, or even time to cook a new meal together. Whatever you choose to do, it always helps to do it as a group.
Utilize the Help Around You
Entering into a new environment can be intimidating, but the important thing to remember is, you are not in it alone. Sober living provides lots of help, including customized plans specifically designed for your needs and goals, encouragement and support from those around you, a community filled with positivity, and tools and resources to help you avoid triggers and prevent relapse.
Remind Yourself This is for the Best
Whenever you are having a bad day or feeling lonely and missing home, remember that you are making the best choice possible for your future. You have a chance to reclaim your independence, confidence, and productivity.
Dignity Hall Sober Living Homes
Dignity Hall Sober Living Homes in South Jersey are designed to help you with your recovery journey. We strive to create a comfortable living space for you to learn, grow, and thrive. Learn more about Dignity Hall Sober Living Homes by contacting us online or calling 855.347.2452.