How Mentoring Can Help After Sober Living
Mentoring is an important aspect of maintaining sobriety and ultimately achieving lasting recovery. However, mentoring frequently falls by the wayside, for a variety of reasons like misunderstanding the importance, or difficulties finding a trustworthy mentor.
If you or a loved one is now in a sober living facility, or are on a journey to recovery, maintaining sobriety can be daunting. It may not always be clear what steps you should take. Is finding a mentor right for you? Allow us to answer all your questions and remove any confusion about what sober mentorship is, how it works, and what it can do for you.
What is Recovery/Sobriety Mentoring?
Sobriety mentorship, sometimes called recovery mentoring, is a huge asset to combating addiction.
A Personal Connection
Mentoring allows recovering addicts to discuss their struggles with someone who has experienced the same things but managed to maintain their sobriety. Mentoring isn’t a sterile or clinical approach – it is a deep personal connection from one person to another.
That connection gives people in recovery a unique chance to discuss their setbacks, temptations, and other recovery challenges with someone who has already walked down that road. People with firsthand experience serving as mentors can give advice and help plan actionable steps to keep the person in recovery on track.
A Valuable Facet of Aftercare
Mentoring isn’t an emergency measure; it isn’t rehabilitation, and it isn’t detoxification. Mentorship is intended to be an ongoing support system after sobriety has been achieved.
Recovering addicts with a strong support system have a much higher chance of remaining sober and achieving full recovery. A mentor – who has successfully maintained sobriety – can offer as much or as little support to help someone remain clean.
A Lifelong Commitment, Made Easier
After addiction, recovery is a lifelong commitment that requires good decisions and good habits daily.
That can feel insurmountable when you’re just starting, but a recovery mentor can help shoulder some of the weight. Remember, they’ve been in your shoes – they know the challenges, and know how hard it is sometimes to make good decisions. Finding a trusted mentor can make the difference between maintaining sobriety and a devastating relapse.
Benefits of Having a Mentor
Sobriety mentors can help you in many ways:
- They Understand: Because mentors are typically ex-addicts themselves, they know what you’re going through. They know how hard it can be to stay clean, and they’re willing to give you a hand in making the right choices and reminding you of your goals.
- It Takes a Village: Each person in recovery requires a different, tailor-made solution that works for them. Typically it requires many facets – detoxification, rehabilitation, classes, programs, and more – to secure lasting sobriety. Introducing a mentor to your recovery program gives you another valuable tool in your support system.
- They Can Transform Your Life: It’s not uncommon to form a deep connection with a recovery mentor, and learn more than just how to stay clean. Sobriety mentorship can teach you how to reassimilate into your family, workplace, or other community.
Ethos Recovery in Southern California is an all-male sober living facility. Because addiction typically has underlying issues – behavioral and mental health, for example – we seek to address the causes of addiction through positive feedback and a safe, supportive environment.
At Ethos Recovery, we believe long-term recovery requires ongoing therapy and mentorship. We’re fully equipped to help you or a loved one secure the support required for sobriety and recovery.
Don’t wait – let Ethos Recovery help you tackle your addiction, one day at a time. Reach out today to see how we can help.
Author – Chris Howard
Chris Howard is the Founder and Director of Ethos Recovery. He has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and has served as a community advocate/mentor for men and women in recovery since 2010.