Completing treatment takes work. Many people cannot wait to get back home to friends and family, leaving as soon as rehab ends. Others make a more informed decision for a brighter future, that of entering a transitional living program. But what is transitional living and how can it help you?
What Is a Transitional Living Program?
A transitional living program is much like sober living, where you stay in a residential environment with peers in recovery. You live as roommates in this stable, supportive space where you learn to function in the community while sober. In transitional living, you do not have the structure of residential treatment, but you do live under house rules.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people leaving rehab treatment should take advantage of transitional living program environments. Not all rehabs offer this service. But when you have the chance to live in a transitional space, it only makes your recovery stronger.
Why Is Transitional Living a Good Option?
A transitional living program provides a drug-free and alcohol-free place to live for a period of time, as part of your rehab’s aftercare. In this home, you maintain access to some addiction treatment services. You also enjoy the support of your peers as you practice living a sober life together.
Benefits of sober or transitional living include a smoother transition to your “regular” everyday life after the structure of rehab. Being in this living environment helps you avoid relapse. It serves as the halfway point between rehab and the often-scary freedom of living independently at home.
Being in a sober living environment gives you around the clock support and social connections to other people on the same life path. This helps you avoid feeling isolated after treatment, as many people do. You feel positively engaged and inspired in your daily life since you live among others taking their first steps back into the “real world.”
Because transitional living requires everyone in the household to chip in and do their part, you do not fall into old negative routines from before rehab. You enjoy the benefits of teamwork and living within healthy limits. You observe house rules and become used to living an organized, clean and responsible life.
A Transitional Living Program Works
Studies prove transitional living works. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs reported that attending meetings and living among sober peers in transitional living provides better outcomes in recovery. These improved outcomes come from maintaining sobriety, staying gainfully employed, and avoiding legal problems.
Consider transitional living after your rehab treatment. After all, you hold your future in your sober hands. Many people let that sobriety slip because of the isolation and triggers of home. So being in a transitional environment helps you avoid those relapse triggers, keeping you active in your sober social network and toward your individual goals.
Your Treatment Needs Before A Transitional Living Program
Rehab takes place before transitional living. In rehab, you need a variety of therapies and treatments to achieve sobriety and set a goal of living in a transitional household. The Willows, a women’s treatment center in Fairview, NC, provides these therapies and treatments. They include:
- Long-term drug rehab
- Dual diagnosis
- Experiential therapies, such as hiking, ropes courses, gardening, and horseback riding
- Trauma therapy
- Holistic approach to treatment, such as acupuncture, meditation, and yoga
Your transitional living program at The Willows helps you firmly establish your sobriety after rehab. This means you do not stand alone in those early days of recovery. Contact The Willows now at 855-773-0614 to learn more and start your recovery today.