Behind the Scenes: Introducing Priority & Finley House!
November 27, 2014
Financial literacy & the Cost of Addiction: Q&A with Traci Keen
December 15, 2014
The Value in Sober Living Environments
December 14, 2014
The popularity of sober living environments has grown immensely in the last few years. Human beings gravitate toward other people who feel familiar. When you're trying to make major life changes, tough decisions & difficult adjustments need to be taken immediately. Even when you know you want out of an enviornment or a relationship with someone who is not helping you stay on the right path, it can be hard to say goodbye. Many addicts struggle with this because they either grew up in -- or become adjusted to -- dysfunctional environments.
So, letting go of people/places & things that feel like "home" can be really tough! In the 90's the big buzzwords were "boundaries" & "codependency." Today, we hear a lot of people talk about staying true to themselves, which to me means we live an honest lifestyle.
When I was discussing this subject with Erica Spiegelman last week, she was saying we become so quickly attuned to other people that we pick up their behavior without even realizing it. Just like a guitar player tunes his guitar to the pianist...our behavior is altered by our social interactions & the environment we are in. We become who we allow ouselves to be exposed to & we "normalize" what we consistently see.
One or two nights a month around people enjoying cocktails might not be a big deal to someone who has a strong hold on their recovery, but for a person who is new or struggling with their sobriety, it's really important to be around people aiming for the same goal. And THAT's why sober living has become such an important asset in today's world!
We have an ideal situation for sober people in the Valley. Call or email today for more information on our program!