Re-entering the real world after a hospitalization or inpatient stay for substance use can be scary. Fear of judgment, loss of employment, damaged relationships and the looming potential of relapse are all intimidating possibilities.

Often, a transitional living environment can provide the best antidote to these fears and offer a better chance at success in addiction recovery. For individuals who are serious about getting sober, transitional living can help people to ease back into society with the extra support they need.

What is transitional living?

Transitional living, or a sober living home, is a residential facility designed to accommodate individuals who struggle with substance abuse in returning to normal life and decreasing the chance of relapse. Transitional living houses are generally designated for either men or women in order to provide the most appropriate treatment and a safe environment.

Generally, a handful of individuals will live in a transitional living home at one time, and several trained personnel will staff the home. Typically, staff are available for 24 hours a day to offer support and supervision. All those who live in the house are forbidden from consuming drugs or alcohol and required to attend recovery programming. The home also abides by clear rules, such as a curfew, chore sharing and occupational requirements. 

Programming in transitional living will generally follow a schedule. Typically, a schedule will allot time for residents to work, share meals, participate in life skills education, attend therapy, complete chores, share social time and invest in their wellness. Exercise, healthy eating and mental health exercises are encouraged as part of the lifestyle at a sober living home. Although many of these activities take place within the facility, some required treatment (like counseling and 12-step meetings) may happen offsite.

Many people find that returning to their community can jeopardize progress early in recovery. Whether friends use substances, home life is overwhelming or free time at home is a trigger to use, transitional living takes each factor into account and addresses the major barriers to sobriety.

What are transitional living benefits?

Learn money skills: One of the perks of transitional living is help with money management. Typically, outpatient treatment options don’t have adequate time to teach this vital life skill, and learning smart financial strategies can decrease your stress in life and give you a brighter future. Sound finances can give you something to look forward to, too.

Be surrounded by community: If your typical social circles encourage you to use, you’ll experience the opposite in a sober living home. In transitional living you’ll be accompanied on your journey by like-minded peers who are striving for sobriety. The brotherhood or sisterhood that is formed between housemates can be a strong protective factor against relapse and make the process more fun.

Receive vocational training: A major component of transitional living preparing for career success. If you’re aiming to continue your education, transition jobs or just boost your skills in your current line of work, classes aimed at improving career achievement are always a part of transitional living.

Something to live for: Recovery from substance use is also a spiritual journey, and finding meaning in your daily life is a goal of transitional living. Maybe you’ll gain a sense of peace on group hikes. Or maybe you’ll find fulfillment as you rest and reflect each day. Regardless of where meaning comes to you, having renewed purpose is one of the best benefits of transitional living.

Recovery is a life-long process

Some of the toughest challenges come days, weeks or months after the initial withdrawal period. While the physical cravings may slowly fade, the social and emotional pressure can pop up at any time.

Most people who have sought sobriety will say that recovery is an on-going process. That’s why long-term treatment is critical. If you have fears about returning to your daily life after rehab, transitional living may be your best bet to get the support you need in your recovery. Plunging back into society can be dangerous for your progress. A slow return can make all the difference.
Real Recovery is an extended care recovery community that offers transitional living for both men and women. Beautiful facilities and breathtaking views provide the perfect setting for a fresh start. At Real Recovery you’ll be surrounded by like-minded company to find the healing you deserve. Call (855) 363-7325 to learn more.