Wondering how to find a sober community once treatment is over is a concern for many who are completing an addiction rehab program. A sober community can provide the support and guidance that help people maintain their sobriety once treatment is over. Being active in a rehab alumni program is one of the best ways to stay connected with others who are committed to recovery. To learn about the alumni program at Promises Behavioral Health, call us today at 844.875.5609.
What Role Does a Sober Community Play in Supportive Sobriety?
Finding and participating in a sober community is integral to maintaining long-term sobriety. Connecting with others who understand the struggles associated with addiction helps people stay accountable and enthusiastic about their recovery.
Other benefits of a sober network include:
- Continued personal growth through workshops and meetings
- Fellowship in a safe drug- and alcohol-free environment
- Family-oriented sober group events
- Finding mentors and mentoring others
A sober network can also help people reestablish life after treatment. Members may be able to provide connections for employment, housing, and other basics people need after leaving rehab.
Finding Your Sober Community
Don’t leave it to chance. If you are in rehab or planning to be, or if you are trying to stop drug and alcohol use without the support of a treatment program, finding a sober community is a top priority. Your sober network can take many forms.
Joining an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous group is one of the most common ways to find others in your community who are working on abstaining from drugs and alcohol. AA and NA are effective programs that have stood the test of time, but they are not the only options.
1. Join a Sober Alumni Program
Sober alumni programs are organized by treatment facilities and are only available to clients who have completed a treatment program. Joining an alumni program is more comfortable for many people because they are already familiar with the staff, treatment philosophies, and at least a few other alumni members.
Each program is different, but the sober alumni program at Promises Behavioral Health offers live and in-person gatherings, continued education and workshops, annual reunions, and more. If you are in the process of choosing a rehab facility, ask if they have an alumni program before making a final decision.
2. Search Online
Several sober organizations in your area may be open to new members. Trying searching “sober groups near me.” In addition to AA, you may find SMART Recovery, Sober Recovery, Hello Sunday Morning, and other groups that conduct live meetings in your area. If the first group doesn’t quite fit your needs, explore another one. The missions and guidelines of each sober community differ.
Social media sites are another option. Social media makes it easy to connect with others who are committed to living a drug- and alcohol-free life.
3. Use Local Resources
Call the health department, social services, and your mental health professional or medical doctor. Many churches allow sober support groups to use their meeting spaces. Ask the minister or church secretary if they know where to find a sober community.
Don’t let stigmas around addiction and recovery stop you. People working in human services are knowledgeable about the resources in their community and can help you find the supportive sobriety network you need.
Call Promises Behavioral Health About Our Sober Alumni Program
Our sober alumni program, Rooted, is available to clients of Promises Behavioral Health with lifelong membership. We have active groups across the nation in a number of cities. For those who cannot attend in person, we also offer virtual meetings to help you maintain meaningful connections.
For more information on Rooted and all of our recovery programs, call Promises Behavioral Health today at 844.875.5609.