Completing an addiction treatment program is a major step on the path to recovery, but some of the toughest challenges occur after treatment is over. For many individuals in recovery, transitional housing facilitiescan help them re-enter society and navigate the challenges of their new, sober lives. In this post, we’ll provide some information about transitional housing and explain how this resource can help you successfully maintain your sobriety.
What is Transitional Housing?
Transitional housing takes the form of furnished, fully equipped living accommodations. These apartments provide a safe and stable space where people in recovery can transition from rehab to independent daily life. Although the environment of transitional housing is less structured than that of a typical treatment center, there are strict rules regarding behavior and responsibilities.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that recovering people should spend 90 days in a sober living facility or other form of transitional housing.1 Your length of stay will depend on your individual circumstances and needs.
Understanding the Benefits
Transitional housing offers a drug- and alcohol-free environment to residents, but that’s just one of the advantages. Other benefits include:
- An easier transition to life after rehab: It’s not always easy to stay sober after addiction treatment, and it’s not unusual to suffer a slip-up when you’re learning to navigate the challenges of your new sober life. Transitional housing can act as a temporary path on your journey to recovery, closing the gap between rehab and regular life.
- A sober social network and round-the-clock support: Many individuals feel isolated when they leave the treatment center, especially if their family members and old friends aren’t supportive of their recovery efforts. Transitional housing facilities usually have a positive social aspect, and they provide residents with access to group meetings and other recovery resources. Your fellow residents and staff members are always nearby—this type of reliable social support can make a big difference during the early stages of sober living.
- Clearly defined rules: Following the rules is essential when you’re a resident of transitional housing. Drugs and alcohol are totally forbidden. If you want to continue living in one of the apartments, you must stay sober. Residents are expected to take care of cooking, paying rent and keeping their living space clean, which instills them with a sense of responsibility and purpose.
A Long Track Record of Success
Various studies have shown the value of transitional housing for people in addiction recovery. One paper from the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs indicates that the positive social network and emphasis on meeting attendance at transitional housing facilities contributed to their impressive success rates. Another study looked at the impact of transitional housing on residents and found that people who spent time in transitional housing enjoyed better outcomes in a number of areas. People who resided in a sober living home or other form of transitional housing were more likely to maintain their sobriety, stay gainfully employed and avoid arrest. 2
If you or someone you love is trying to begin a new life free of addiction, help is available. Transitional housing may provide the opportunity you need to turn your life around. The supportive atmosphere, structured setting and conveniences of transitional housing can help you bridge the gap from rehab to daily life at your own pace.
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