How To Start A Sober House?
- Renato Leandro
What does live sober mean?
What is Sober Living? – Sober living means maintaining a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. It involves a daily commitment to yourself, to abstinence, and to self-care. While detox is the first step, sober living goes well-beyond just stopping the substance use.
Sober living requires a person to change their attitudes and actions – transforming bad habits into positive, healthy behaviors. How do you do this? To reach a state of sober living, you must first dig deep within yourself and understand the root of your substance use. You must find your truth – why you started using and why you continue to, despite the negative consequences.
From there, you will discover what needs to change. And this will put you on the path to a successful, sober life. As you might imagine, sober living is not always easy. It takes time, patience, dedication, and constant check-ins with yourself: Are you taking care of your health (mind and body)? Are you getting support when you need it? Are you doing things that make you happy? Sober living also requires a lot of outside support.
What is a dry house?
What is a dry house? – Wikipedia defines dry houses as: “an institute for people with criminal backgrounds or substance use disorder problems to learn (or relearn) the necessary skills to re-integrate into society and better support and care for themselves.” Part of this definition does resonate with Ara’s housing service – we certainly help people to re-integrate and care for themselves.
However, the use of the words “institute” and “criminal” conjures some quite negative connotations. These stigmatising associations may put some people off from ever exploring the idea of seeking help. Language makes a big impact in the fields of mental health and substance misuse; it can be the difference between someone relating to a service or excluding himself or herself for life.
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This is why we have moved away from the term “dry house” when talking about the services we provide. It is simply not the right terminology and does not encompass all that we do.
What is sober techniques?
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention and S.O.B.E.R – S.O.B.E.R. is a technique that is used as part of mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP). Many of the strategies promoted in the recovery community involve trying to avoid relapse triggers and stressful situations, but MBRP uses a different approach – the idea is to give you the ability to be able to manage any potential threats to your sobriety.
Christmastime can be a time at which you are surrounded by stressors and triggers, so suggesting that you avoid these might not be practical. An alternative to this is S.O.B.E.R, which stands for stop, observe, breathe, expand, and respond mindfully. The idea behind the S.O.B.E.R technique is that people tend to relapse because they act on impulse, and do so on auto mode.
This is because when individuals are stressed, they are more likely to act out of habit. The goal of S.O.B.E.R is to stop this type of sleepwalking into a relapse by returning the person to a state in which they are able to act and think rationally. This can be achieved by using the steps outlined below.
- The first step is to stop whatever it is that you happen to be doing – so if you are becoming stressed because of an argument with your spouse, you need to at least temporarily disengage from the conversation.
- The next step is to observe what is happening in your body and mind – you need to observe for signs that your body is entering the ‘fight or flight’ response or that your thoughts are starting to race (these are signs that you are now starting to act on impulse rather than rational thought).
The next thing you need to do is to breathe because this is going to slow down your thinking and move your body out of the state of high alertness. You next need to expand your awareness so you can look at the situation in a more objective way (i.e. see the bigger picture).
What is the new sober trend?
Here are a few of the brands that are making nonalcoholic alternatives to wine, beer and even liquor: –
Athletic Brewing: Athletic Brewing is a brand that specializes in nonalcoholic beers. They offer a wide range of styles including IPAs, stouts, and pilsners. Heineken 0.0: Heineken 0.0 is a nonalcoholic beer made by Heineken. It has a clean and crisp taste, similar to the original Heineken beer, but without the alcohol content. Seedlip: Seedlip is a brand that makes nonalcoholic spirits. They offer a variety of flavors such as Garden 108, Grove 42, and Spice 94. They are great alternatives for those who want to enjoy a cocktail without the alcohol. Noughty: Noughty is a nonalcoholic wine brand that offers a range of red, white, and rosé wines with no alcohol content. Everleaf: Everleaf is a brand that makes a range of nonalcoholic aperitifs and mixers. They are infused with botanicals and can be enjoyed on their own or mixed with other non-alcoholic beverages. Big Drop: Big Drop is a non-alcoholic beer brand that makes a range of styles including lagers, stouts, and ales. Ritual Zero Proof: Ritual Zero Proof is a brand that makes a range of non-alcoholic spirits. They offer a variety of flavors such as gin, whiskey, and tequila alternatives. Stryyk Not Gin and Not Rum: Stryyk makes a range of nonalcoholic spirits, including a Not Gin and Not Rum, which are alcohol-free alternatives to gin and rum, respectively.
These are just a few examples! There are many other brands that are making nonalcoholic alternatives to beer, wine and spirits. With the growing trend of sober curious, the market is evolving and more options become available every day. If you’re exploring sober curious to save money however, these options aren’t really going to save you any money.
Instead you can always drink fruit infused water, iced or herbal tea, coconut water, smoothies and of course, water! Finally, sober curiosity is driven by the desire to live a more authentic, meaningful or healthy life. Many people find that alcohol gets in the way of their ability to be fully present and engaged in their lives.
By taking a break from alcohol, they are able to experience life in a more authentic and meaningful way. In conclusion, being sober curious is a growing trend that is driven by a desire to improve overall health and wellbeing, form new habits and routines, save more and improve relationships.
It’s about making conscious decisions about alcohol consumption and understanding the role that alcohol plays in your life. It can be a powerful tool for making positive changes, but more than anything, it’s important to remember that it’s a personal choice and that everyone is on a different journey.
Have you learned something new about the sober curious movement? Is this something you’re looking to explore more in 2023?