Recovering from Heroin Addiction – Why a women’s sober house is important!
Now that I was feeling better, I really started to worry. My family had forced me into detox for heroin addiction. I was scared the entire time as I went through that mess. Anxiety and agitation were nothing new. I never liked crowds in the first place and preferred to be on my own. The nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps were as bad as I expected – then suddenly it got a little better. The detox doctors were able to offer me medication that made things tolerable, or at least helped me sleep. I moved on to a 28 day rehab program as an inpatient, and started attending 12 step meetings. The problem was – my rehab time was up.
I didn’t really have anywhere to go. My old apartment was no more than a couch at a friend’s house. None of them had given up partying and held tight to their heroin addiction, so it wouldn’t be a great environment. My parent’s offered a place to stay, but really who wants to move back in with their parents as an adult. My counselor finally offered me the suggestion of Luna Cottage.
Luna Cottage is a sober living facility for women only. It’s not that I mind a co-ed arrangement, but I didn’t want the distraction of dating, flirting, or anything like that. I was actually kind of looking forward to the move after looking at all the activities. I had never tried yoga, and in addition there was drumming, meditation, hula hooping, gardening, arts and crafts, and even nutrition classes.
The greatest thing about Lake Worth, FL was the peaceful community. I felt relaxed, but never bored. It’s amazing how much time you have on your hands when you aren’t high! I realized even more of my time was being spent trying to find a fix. Besides group entertainment, I could read a book, swim, or ride a bike by myself. Getting back in shape was really difficult.
The best part of the experience was that while I got to feel human again, I still got the support needed to stay sober. The staff was there to support me every step of the way, including intensive outpatient treatment once I was ready to move on. I recommend sober living for anyone in recovery from heroin addiction; find the halfway point on your long road back.