8 Things That Happen When You Enter a Sober Living Community

Completing your treatment program represents a huge step in your journey toward sobriety, and you have finally entered the part where relapse prevention is your highest priority. Entering a sober living community is an effective way to learn how to manage your cravings in a supportive environment until you feel strong enough to return to an independent lifestyle. Choosing to transfer to a sober living house after your primary treatment program ends increases your chances of maintaining sobriety thanks to the support that you receive from the community as a whole.

Sober Living Community

Decrease Stress in Experiential Sessions

Life outside of rehab is stressful, and it is important to learn how to manage your stress so that you do not fall prey to temptation. You learned stress management skills during your treatment such as using mindfulness meditation to combat anxiety, and sober living services bring these types of techniques to life with in-house group sessions. Whether you prefer to decompress with yoga or acupuncture, it is important to continue with your relaxation strategies as you transition to a life of sobriety.

Stay On Track with Transportation to Sobriety-Related Activities

A lack of transportation is a barrier to recovery that many people face as they rebuild their lives after dealing with the devastating consequences of addiction. A sober living community provides transportation services; that means you will never have to miss a group or individual counseling session due to not having a vehicle or license. Since you know that attending your aftercare program is essential for your success, transportation is a critical element of your plans for staying sober.

Make Friends with Other People Who Embrace Sobriety

Letting go of negative influences is much easier when you can meet others who are committed to sobriety. Your sober living community is filled with other people who understand exactly what you are facing now that you are back in the real world. Whether you just need someone to chat with over a cup of coffee or you are looking for a few teammates to shoot some hoops, finding support is never a problem when other sober-minded individuals are always available at your residence.

Rebuild Your Physical Health with Nutritious Meals and Exercise Programs

Addiction not only takes its toll on your mental health, but it has also affected your physical wellbeing. Strengthening your body also helps you to keep your mind clear, and many people in recovery find that eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly helps to combat cravings. Choosing to enter a sober living community gives you access to an in-house chef who prepares nutritious meals throughout the day, and you will be provided with snacks to help you stay on track with rebuilding your body through a healthy diet. While you will always enjoy in-house recreational opportunities, access to a local gym allows you to take your exercise routine even further as you recover your physical health.




Manage Cravings With 24-Hour Support

Eventually, cravings get further apart and easier to manage. However, you need assistance getting through those early cravings that seem so intense. A sober living house provides support around the clock; that means you always have someone available to talk to, even at 2 a.m. when you find it hard to fall asleep. Since staff members at sober living houses are selected according to their understanding of addiction, you never have to worry about judgment. Instead, you can lean on them for support while learning new strategies to ease cravings as you move forward on the road toward beating your addiction.

Stay Accountable with Regular Drug and Alcohol Testing

You are growing stronger every day, yet the temptation to use drugs or alcohol remains. One excuse that people fall into with addiction is the belief that no one will notice if they just take one hit or enjoy a single drink. Unfortunately, that one hit or drink always leads to drug and alcohol abuse that requires starting all over again. This is why receiving regular drug and alcohol tests is an essential part of establishing accountability in your sober living house. In addition to holding you accountable, it also provides reassurance that your housemates also stay committed to keeping substances out of the house.

Receive Individualized Assistance with Career and Daily Living Skills

Reintegrating back into a normal lifestyle after addiction takes dedication and hard work. It also means that you may have skills that you need to learn to be successful once you live independently. When you enter a sober living program, you will be provided with a professional assessment that helps determine what services will best help you rebuild your life. For some, this means having a member of the staff demonstrate the basic skills of daily living such as how to do laundry or prepare a healthy breakfast. For others, career advice is needed, and you will be provided with opportunities to develop a professional resume and practice interviewing skills. All of these individualized programs give you an extra edge when you move to your permanent home.

Gain Strength through Living in a Positive Community

Years of living with addiction often placed you in unsafe, negative environments that were detrimental to your wellbeing. After that, living in a sober community feels like a relief. From enjoying a walk in a tranquil outdoor setting to playing a round of pool with your housemates, rediscovering the beauty of life makes each day a little easier as you work through the issues surrounding your addiction. Weekly goal setting sessions help you remember what you are working toward, and every step you take is guided by both professional and personal support that helps you maintain a positive focus on healing.




Knowing your options for recovery is essential to helping you plan the next step on your path to managing your addiction. Although a sober living community demands strict compliance with staying off of drugs and alcohol, every type of support is available to ensure that you stay sober. When leaving your treatment program feels overwhelming, the doors of your sober living community are open to embrace you with a full network of support that increase your chances of a successful transition into sobriety.

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2 Weeks After Quitting Smoking – Progress Update

So it is now 2 weeks after quitting smoking. It has been another roller coaster of a ride.

The experience so far has been better than expected in a lot of ways and in other ways worse then I expected. I’ll take you through day by day what has been happening since my last update at 5 days after quitting.

6 Days After Quitting Smoking

Ok I am going to admit something, it was a close call here. I very nearly smoked. I texted my husband in the morning to say I was struggling and he never responded. This of course made me angry and resentful, it made me think hey I have a great excuse to smoke now! My hubby doesn’t care that I am struggling.

I texted him again a while later to tell him I can’t do this. I am going to smoke. I was nearly heading out the door to go buy some smokes when he calls me and tells me he is proud of me and that I have done so well. He reminds me why we are quitting smoking: our children.

Damn he’s good. I can’t smoke now. So I am angry and resentful again.




7 Days After Quitting Smoking

7 days after quitting smokingI realize where I went wrong on day 6. I started wondering if I should or shouldn’t smoke. It is when I am unsure of myself and start to think I should smoke that the addict gremlin gets in my head. It is like a hamster on a wheel and it just goes round and round and round. I can’t get off.

Today I am tired of this hamster wheel. I don’t know how much longer I can last with it. I decide I don’t want to smoke.

8 Days After Quitting Smoking

8 days after quitting smokingI am starting to notice the benefits of not smoking. I am finding it easy to wake up, I am awake before my alarm goes off and not the “oh shit I’m awake, its morning” kind of wake up I usually have. It is a happy, fresh and awake sort of wake up. I feel ready for the day.

My morning cough is gone.

Let’s not get too excited though, I am still miserable as can be. I still want to smoke and this hamster wheel is still going! When will it stop?

It is worse during the week. On the weekends my kids are keeping me busy and my hubby is home. During the week days I am all alone… well me and my hamster.

9 Days After Quitting Smoking

I weighed myself this morning and guess what! In just over a week I have gained 6kgs. Yes I have been nibbling on things, all the time non-stop. I feel like I am going to vomit chocolate eclairs (you know those yummy little toffee sweets?).

I’m still safe thanks to losing lots of weight recently (explained in my previous post) so I still have 2 kgs until I am in danger of going over my normal weight. But still I can sort of feel my thighs rubbing together although that might be my imagination? Yeah I might be going crazy. The fact is I still can’t think straight.

My thoughts go something like this:

So let’s have a cup of coffee (YAY and a smoke! I love coffee while smoking). No, no I don’t want to smoke. (Oh I am so sad I could cry!). Ok let’s get some work done. (YAY and then have a smoke!). NO, then get some more work done. (YAY and then have a smoke?). No, no smoking at all. (Fuck this, I’m an adult. If I want to smoke I can smoke. Everyone smokes. And if they don’t they sure as hell want to). No I don’t want to smoke. (Yes, oh yes you do!!). I can’t concentrate on my work, let’s have some breakfast instead. (YAY, nothing like a smoke after some chow!). NO, NO, NO stop it, get out of my head. Ok I need to make some phone calls. (YAY I love smoking while talking on the phone!).

And so it goes on… yes all day. This really is insane. Is this how smoking really rules everything I do all day and night? Please can someone shoot this hamster?

10 days after quitting smoking

10 Days After Quitting Smoking

Last night I dreamed that I had a smoke. Yes a “using” dream. It’s quite funny because I have never dreamed about smoking before. I remember after quitting drugs and alcohol I had using dreams for quite a long time.

The day went fast and easily, my kids and hubby kept me busy. I told my husband how much easier I find it on the weekends and nights when everyone is home with me. He looked at me and rolled his eyes and said he struggles in the evenings and weekends but when he is busy at work he finds it much easier.

I feel bad for him struggling today, then I remember that I have 5 hard days all alone to get through to his 2 days on the weekend. Then I get irritated because I feel he has it easier than me and its not fair. Oooh this anger is hard to predict!




11 Days After Quitting Smoking

My morning smokers cough (umm ok my all day smokers cough) has gone. I was constantly coughing. It was so bad my neighbor was always asking me if I am ok.

Today something amazing happened. I hardly thought about smoking at all. In fact we went to my husband’s father for a braai and at about 11am my hubby told me how much he is struggling. Until that time I had not once thought about smoking or had a craving. Oh my gosh, what an achievement. This is a huge break through and I am so grateful.

This was my best day yet, I sailed through it and even though I had a few slight cravings later in the day I managed just fine.

12 Days After Quitting Smoking

So what goes up must come down right? It’s Monday and I am all alone and the hamster wants to get on the wheel again and make up for lost time. I can feel it starting to fight with me.

I am happy and at peace though. I told my hamster to do its damnest. I am not interested, today might be bad but I will have more days like yesterday, I will ride it out. This is implementing step 3 and it worked! Seems my hamster lost some steam after that.

Until this moment I have been convinced that at some stage I will give in and smoke. It is almost like I am just trying to see how long I can hold out for before I give in.

Today I feel like I can be a non-smoker. Another milestone has been achieved!

13 Days After Quitting Smoking

Yes I had cravings today, but they are mild and just irritating. They are not the all consuming cravings of the first week. When the hamster arrives I just tell it to bugger off and it is gone.

 

14 Days After Quitting Smoking

Geez I can’t believe it, I have made 2 weeks without smoking and I am not dying. I don’t even know what to share with you today.

There is just nothing going on here except the odd craving and I just carry on with my day. Yes it still feels like there is something missing, certain brief moments like when I get up in the morning and have my coffee, straight after putting the kids to bed and of course after sex!

So what are the results of quitting smoking after 2 weeks?

  • Sleeping better
  • Waking up fresh and ready for the day
  • Smokers cough has completely disappeared
  • Anger, anxiety and restlessness has improved
  • Cravings and obsessions are more manageable

I hope to share some more awesome results with you all soon.




I can see something very clearly now, there is only one way to stop cigarette cravings and that is to stop smoking!

While I was smoking I was always craving a cigarette. Smoking ruled my life. Everything I did was compartmentalized into cigarette breaks.

If I was working I would tell myself I will do the filing and then have a smoke. Perhaps busy in the kitchen? I will do the dishes, have a smoke and then start making supper. Absolutely everything was ruled by smoking!

Now that I have stopped smoking I am not craving as much as when I did smoke.

stop cigarette cravings

A few weeks before I quit smoking my 3 year daughter asked me to come draw with her. I replied “Yes, I will come in a few minutes” and so she asked me “Oh, are you going to have a cigarette before you come draw with me?”. Wow, did she hit the nail on the head!

It was at this moment I could clearly see how I put smoking above everything else in my life. It was also at this moment I could clearly see how my daughter already understood that my smoking was more important than her, more important than little moments drawing together.

It was also this moment that I made the decision to quit smoking and set the date to quit.

So I thank my 3 year old daughter for showing me the way and for giving me the strength and courage I needed to quit smoking. I hope to continue to be a non-smoker so that I can be a better mother to my children.

why I quit smoking

I hope to continue with this success story, to inspire other smokers to quit and to let you know exactly what the journey is like.

When do Cigarette Cravings Stop?

I have heard that Nicotine is completely clear from your body at 3 weeks and at this time physical cravings stop. However the mental obsession will still very much be there for a long time to come. If this is the case I only have to make another 7 days until my body is completely Nictone free!

Are you a smoker? Have you managed to quit smoking? Please leave a comment if you need any help or want to share you experience!

 

 

 

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