There’s a reason why children whose parents gave them plenty of structure grow up to be psychologically healthy. The rules and guidelines of the family actually help the child develop and grow. The structure provides a sense of safety for the child. When a child feels safe, he or she is more able to explore, learn, and play.
In the same way, treatment facilities and sober living homes that address addiction to drugs and alcohol have plenty of structure. From morning until night, you’ve got somewhere to be and every activity you do is in support of your recovery. For instance, the following is a typical schedule for someone in addiction treatment:
- 5:30am Medications
- 6am Breakfast
- 7am Meditation
- 8am Morning Support Group
- 9am Group Therapy
- 10am Discussion: Healthy Relationships
- 11am Discussion: Recovery Thoughts and Behaviors
- Noon Lunch
- 1pm Walk/Exercise
- 2pm Family Therapy
- 3pm Relapse Prevention Discussion
- 4pm Individual Therapy
- 5pm Self Care Time
- 6pm Dinner
- 7pm Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
- 8pm Peer Support Group
- 9pm Medications/Bedtime
At first, someone who is used to living life under their own terms might struggle with this sort of structure. They might fight it, rebel, or even refuse to be a part of it. However, if a person recognizes that the structure is actually meant to be supportive, then perhaps they might accept it. In fact, some recovering addicts might even enjoy the structure. They might like the feeling of having somewhere to be. They might enjoy knowing that someone is expecting them. Some men and women in recovery might appreciate knowing that the structure is there for their own psychological well being.
Stability in Sober Living Homes and Treatment
Although having to be somewhere at a specific time each day can feel stifling, it can also provide feelings of stability. It’s common for those struggling with addiction to have instability in their lives. They might have a hard time finding housing, securing a job, or staying in a relationship. For many addicts, getting their basic needs met, such as a stable home, income, clothing, and even love, is hard. This is yet another reason why structure in sober living homes can be supportive. On the one hand, it might feel limiting. And yet, you might see that it’s there to provide support.
It’s common for struggling addicts to know anxiety and fear as a way of life, especially if they were raised with anxiety or suffered early childhood trauma. Yet, when a has stability and safety in their life, he or she doesn’t have to spend their energy on constantly trying to survive. Instead, the can focus on their emotional and psychological needs. They can perhaps even explore what they’d like to do with your life and dive into what activities, people, and places make them happy.
This is the purpose of the structure found at addiction treatment facilities. Whether you’re at a sober living home or in drug rehab treatment, you’re going to find rules. However you should not let them get in your way. Those rules are there to help you along the road to healing, health, and happiness.