Making the transition from living a life of addiction to living sober can be challenging at best. Even following an extensive stay in treatment, making the shift outside of treatment and into an independent sober living situation can be difficult for the recovering addict. Transitional housing programs make it possible to rebuild a happy, healthy life after treatment by offering support, guidance and a clean and sober living environment that is conducive to continued recovery for those in need.
Choosing a transitional living center begins with understanding what types of transitional housing programs are available and what expectations come with each type of program. Transitional housing programs help people with various needs; not just those who are in early recovery from addiction.
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Types of Transitional Housing
Transitional housing provides clean and sober living quarters for those who have been displaced as a result of addiction, mental illness, domestic abuse or other crisis. Transitional services are much different than a homeless shelter as they provide more than just a place to sleep at night or a meal to eat during the day. Transitional housing aims at helping the individuals in the program to regain their own self-sufficiency and independence so that they can one day transition out of the program back into their own independent living situation.
The most common types of transitional housing include:
- Transitional living for low-income families who are homeless.
- Transitional housing for recovering addicts.
- Transitional housing for homeless veterans.
The majority of those who require the help of a transitional home are in recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or suffer from a mental illness. These programs provide sober living for residents for a period of a few months up to two years depending on the unique needs of the recovering addict.
Choosing a Program
When choosing a transitional housing program, consider the following:
- How much it will cost for a room in the center and if you can afford the monthly rent as well as any other related costs such as the shared cost of utilities, food, or independent living expenses.
- The location of the program and its proximity to your job, your treatment provider and your family.
- The ability for you to find gainful employment in the area surrounding the sober house.
- The rules of the home and your willingness to commit to the rules. (Remember that failure to follow the rules will lead to eviction)
- The support offered by the program. (Are support groups offered? Are residents of the home welcoming and respectful? Are staff members or the program leaders supportive?)
- The relapse rate of those who lived at the home. (Keep in mind that relapse rates are generally in line with those of a typical treatment center)
Get Help Today
Recovering from addiction is a complicated process but you don’t have to endure the challenges alone. Living in a transitional housing program can help you or a loved one to learn the techniques for long term sobriety. These programs provide you with the education, support, resources and time you need to transition into a life of sobriety, health, and happiness.