Work or school are big responsibilities that can be a part of your life. The stress that comes with them can be what triggered your substance use, what keeps you from stopping, and what makes it so you don’t seek out the help you need. Residential programs want you to leave as many stressors out of treatment as possible. At Spero Recovery, we want your focus to be on working on your recovery so that you can get the most out of our programs and reach long-term sobriety.
We are a residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facility. With the use of grants and donations, we are able to keep our costs below the national average. This makes us the perfect effective and affordable treatment facility for all. Our goal is to provide the care you need, regardless of financial or insurance status.
Since our program is inpatient, you will live in the facility throughout the duration of treatment. The programs are separate for men and women due to the unique obstacles that each gender has to overcome. They also utilize alumni to run the experiential treatment sessions.
Benefits of Our Residential Treatment Programs
Our residential program comes with many benefits that can help you reach long-term sobriety.
Participating in a residential recovery program means you are surrounded by people who want to help you reach your goals and those who are trying to achieve similar goals to you. You have constant access to care and people to reach out to when you feel yourself slipping back into bad habits. There are people for you to learn from because they share similar experiences as you and are also struggling with SUD.
Having this community can help you build a support network to help you even when you are out of treatment. They can be shoulders for you to lean on, ears to vent to, and just people that are nonjudgmental about what you are going through. Recovery is a lifetime journey so having the right support system behind you can mean the difference between living and thriving in your sober life.
We bring back those that have successfully completed the program to help run our experiential treatment sessions. This gives them the opportunity to connect with others on their recovery journey, give back to their community, and find a sense of purpose.
You get the chance to talk to and ask advice from someone that has been where you are. They are an unbiased, empathetic party for you to confide in and learn from. Having alumni come back also helps you put an image of what it looks like to be successful and thrive sober. This image can help fill you with hope and motivation to achieve the same state of living.
The use of different and new activities as a form of therapy is called experiential treatment. It helps you find new hobbies and acquire new skills for your sober life. Some of the activities we use include hiking, nature walks, rock climbing, cooking classes, sand volleyball, woodworking, and meditation.
Participating in these activities can help build self-confidence and find independence in who you are without substance use. It can also help you find new ways to express and cope with your past and present emotions. Learning to cope and having self-confidence help you feel confident in your ability to fight triggers and stay sober. You have a better chance of reaching your long-term goals when you believe in yourself.
Why We Don’t Allow Work or School During Treatment
At Spero Recovery, we do not allow work or school while you are going through the recovery programs. We want your focus to be on your recovery journey and for you to get as much as possible out of the program. That’s harder to do when you have the added stress that work or school would bring. Some benefits of not letting you work or attend school are:
- Decreased levels of stress.
- The focus can be on working on your recovery and learning what you need to be successful outside of treatment.
- A chance to recover from burnout while working to overcome your SUD.
- Gives you the chance to evaluate if those are good places for you to be with a clear mind.
- Help you learn if work or school are one of the reasons behind your substance use or if the feelings related to attending them make them triggers.
- Eliminates a factor that could contribute to relapse when you are out of treatment, if they are a trigger.
- You can start over at a new job or school when you leave treatment, especially if you feel like going back would hurt your progress.
Your case manager will help you apply and find a job when it is close to your treatment comes to an end. This way you are more prepared when entering back into society or sober living if you choose.
We do offer sober living after the completion of your recovery program. Working is a part of the sober living program because it helps you find responsibility and prepare you for going out into the world. You need to be able to pay rent, buy food, and other necessities or desires. There is no substance use either which means you are still surrounded by a sober community that can help hold you accountable and motivate you to stick to your recovery plan.
Work and school responsibilities can be a big reason that people don’t seek out treatment. The stress of going to work or school can be a distraction during your recovery and prevent you from getting the full benefits of your recovery program. Continuing to work or attend school is a choice you investigate when trying to find the right program for you. If you feel like you are struggling to decide whether you should keep working or attending school during your recovery journey, reach out to Spero Recovery at (303) 351-7888 for more information today. We understand the difficulty that can come from making this choice and want to help you figure out what is best for you.