Everyone’s recovery process is different.
Not everyone goes into a residential drug treatment center. Not everyone does Intensive Out Patient. Some people just decide to stop using or drinking, and stop. For the most severe addictions, residential rehab is often the best route to beginning a life in recovery because it provides medically assisted detox and a foundation for living. Planning where to go after leaving inpatient treatment is of utmost importance. It is not always best for people to return to where they were living. There are many that may not even have a place to return to due to their addiction. In these instances, there are many options for transitional living.
Transitional living is the term for sober living environments.
These residents are set up for recovery from addiction and keep the newly sober person accountable. Each will have its own set of rules that can include:
- Residents must attend a certain amount of meetings each week
- A nightly curfew
- Assigned chores to keep the house clean
- Must be in school or working
- Rent must be paid on time
- Random drug testing
- Mandatory house meetings
There are many benefits of transitional living.
These environments provide a “transition” from a residential stay to living on one’s own. There is structure set up for daily living which many addicts may need because addiction is often a full-time job and daily structure may have been lost. If you are concerned for a loved one or are thinking of going into transitional housing yourself, here are some advantages:
- Structure – As mentioned above, transitional or sober living houses are structured living environments set up exclusively for the recovering addict.
- Ongoing life skills support – There will be ongoing support for job-placement, advancing your education, life skills, and necessary medical treatment.
- Emotional support – Everyone living in the house is in recovery. It is a good place to be in early recovery as everyone is in a similar situation.
- Responsibility for self– A huge part of living in transitional housing is learning to become responsible for yourself. Many people that struggle with addiction have never been responsible for themselves, always placing blame on others or living off of the financial means of other people. This sober living environment develops self-responsibility by making each resident accountable for his/her whereabouts, money, getting a job, paying bills on time, and sharing in household chores.
- Education – Sober living houses often require the residents to attend group therapy, meetings, and counseling. This helps to educate each individual about their addiction, and builds a support network. Meetings and counseling help one to build the skills they need to look within themselves honestly, and learn coping skills to prevent relapse.
Transitional living is a great way for the recovering person to ease their way back in to society. There are many advantages for using this tool for your next step of recovery instead of trying to go it alone after a residential stay.