Transitioning from residential treatment to regular life can be a painful process. So many emotions can cloud the air making it difficult to always make the best and safest decisions. The immediate return to freedom that some recovering addicts feel when they are no longer living in a residential treatment center is exactly what derails their recovery efforts. Enter a world where negative influences abound, triggers are actively popping up around every corner, and relapse is literally just one drink or one hit away.
Transitional housing reduces the risk of relapse for many by easing the transition from residential treatment back into a sober living situation. Individuals can continue to receive support, guidance and even some structure that, while not trapping the recovering addict in a situation that feels uncomfortable, allows them to gradually adjust to the freedom of independent living.
What Residents Can Expect
Transitional housing programs consist of multiple residents who share in the desire to stay clean and sober. Sober living is recommended for a period of at least 90 days by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Residents in transitional housing will work with others to achieve positive social interaction, lifelong friendships and sobriety in numbers.
Individuals who live in the sober house will be required to commit to the rules of the home which may include curfew, treatment, regular attendance of support groups, and random drug or alcohols screenings.
Additional Benefits of Transitional Housing Programs
Not only do transitional housing programs provide residents with a safe, sober living environment that allows them to continue to work toward their recovery goals, these programs also offer support, guidance and monitoring that improves the overall success of the recovering addict. Flexible programs that offer stays from two months up to two years can further aid in the improved economic self-sufficiency and independence of the recovering addict.
Residents can appreciate the following benefits of transitional housing:
- Reduced rates of relapse resulting from continued support and treatment.
- Reduced relapse rates resulting from continued monitoring and random drug or alcohol screenings.
- Improved recovery success rates. Studies show that individuals who spend 6 months in a sober house are 40% more likely to remain sober long term than those who do not—these rates are also increased for those who spend more than 6 months in the transitional housing program.
- Time—it takes time to transitionl comfortably, to re-acclimate with daily life and to learn how to utilize the coping skills learned in treatment.
- Job placement assistance.
- Housing placement assistance.
- Relationship guidance including support in rebuilding broken relationships and rebuilding a strong support network outside of treatment and the transitional housing environment.
Changing a lifetime of addiction back to a sober, health lifestyle is never an easy task—but you don’t have to make these changes alone. Transitional housing offers a number of benefits that will aid in your recovery efforts and the sense of community that comes from others in the transitional housing program can really help you to regain confidence in this difficult time. For information about transitional housing, call our helpline toll-free.