Transitional Living: How It Works & How to Find the Right One

Those who have a substance use disorder and decide to make a change to better their lives by entering an alcohol or drug rehab program have taken a courageous step. If you are making this change, what do you do when you have finished your rehab program? It’s no secret that going from rehab to the real world can be daunting.

The good news is that there is a transitional living program, also known as sober or halfway homes, that allows those in recovery to slowly ease back into daily life. These programs offer a drug and alcohol-free place to live while continuing to work your sobriety.

What Is Transitional Living?

Each transitional living program has its differences, depending on the program.

However, overall they are fairly similar. You will stay in an environment with others who are also recently out of rehab and working on their recovery. You will live with supportive roommates who understand the struggles you are facing. Together, you will learn how to be part of a community while sober.

Transitional living programs are not as structured as rehab programs, but you do have rules that must be followed. This is because the program is allowing you to slowly reintegrate into your everyday living environment while remaining sober and using the skills you learned during your time in treatment.

Do Transitional Programs Work?

You might be wondering if transitional living programs work. After being in a treatment center, most people are ready to get back to their families, friends, jobs, and normal life. Because entering a transitional living program may be viewed as adding another step or more time to their treatment, some might think it’s not worth it.

However, statistics show that it is worth it. Transitional living programs aid in making your recovery even stronger. These programs help to avoid relapse, as they are a great bridge between structured rehab programs and the independence of regular life. Living with others who have gone through similar situations allow you to feel less alone during these next steps of recovery. You build on learned skills while learning new ones in a safe environment.



No Alcohol or Drugs Allowed

Transitional living programs are drug- and alcohol-free. This environment leads to less temptation while in the beginning stages of recovery. Prolonging the time between being around these triggers decreases the possibilities of relapse. Know that in most transitional living programs, drug tests are completed regularly to ensure you are continuing with your recovery. The safety of knowing these trigger items are not allowed and tolerated is one less thing you have to worry about.

A Comprehensive Support System

During your time at a transitional living program, you will be encouraged to continue meeting with a treatment team. Since all programs differ, each transitional living program will have their own guidelines for your aftercare and continuing recovery. You will be encouraged to meet with trained professionals like addiction support professionals and therapists.

Some may also encourage you to attend supportive programs like 12-step programs like Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous. They may also offer group therapy sessions with others in the program. This is an added step to help strengthen recovery and sobriety.

Many in transitional living programs continue going back to work or school and come back to the transitional home afterward. This allows for an easier transition into what can feel like an overwhelming everyday life. Daily life for those in these programs can change depending on each resident. What you can expect is safety, stability, and support.

A Day in the Life of a Transitional Living Program

Many transitional living houses are in residential neighborhoods. This is because part of the goal of this type of living is to help you feel like you’re a part of society, but still in a safe atmosphere with some rules.

You might wonder what it’s like on a typical day in such a program.  Chances are, you’ll have guidelines and rules spelled out for you once you begin the program.  This structure is in place to increase your chance of staying sober. You will most likely have some chores, a curfew, some house meetings to attend, and perhaps a support group meeting as well.

When you wake up, you’ll probably make your bed or perhaps help make breakfast.  If you have a job, you’ll head off to work, signing out before you go. If you’re unemployed, you may spend time looking at and applying for jobs. Or, you may head off to vocational rehab training.

If you’re new to the program, fresh out of rehab, you may have a “sponsor” attend any outside events should you have to leave the home.

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This is more of an accountability and support thing, as it can be tempting to allow cravings to overtake you fresh out of rehab. Granted, each program is different, so it’s best if you ask plenty of questions before you commit to one.

Chances are you’ll have plenty of free time as well. You might watch movies, play games, and have ample time to read, talk to loved ones, and so on.

How to Find a Transitional Living Program

Now that you are considering transitional living programs once you finish rehab, how do you find one? If you are in a rehab program of some sort, your therapist or caseworker might have programs they recommend. Since they have been working with you for some time, they may know of some that would be most beneficial to you. Asking for their suggestions and looking into these programs first will be a great resource.

Another way to find programs is the internet. Established transitional living programs will have a current and up-to-date website. You can read about their specific programs and find what fits for you. Sometimes you will find reviews from previous residents, which can be helpful. Do not allow the number of programs available overwhelm you. You can find a program that will aid in your continued recovery success.

A Slow Transition Can Be Helpful

The future of your recovery success lies in your hands. Make sure you make choices that keep you and your sobriety safe. Transitional living programs allow you continued stability, even though temporarily, while stepping back into the real world and its challenges. Living with others who are also motivated in their recovery keeps you active in working toward your individual goals. While going home might seem appealing at first, remember that taking this extra time to slowly transition back will be a huge benefit to you and your recovery.

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It might feel like a daunting task to quit an addiction, but it is possible.

You can achieve sobriety and work on possible other issues that have been affecting you adversely.

If you’re ready to take your first step toward sobriety, or you have questions about a transitional living program, give us a call today. One of our admission specialists will help you navigate your path toward a successful and lasting recovery. Contact us via phone at 855-960-5456 or online today.