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Transitional Living

After the completion of an inpatient treatment program or spending time in drug rehab, not all patients are ready to leap back into the “real world.” The pace, the pressures, the temptation to slip back into old behaviors – it can cause a high amount of anxiety among those who have only been living healthfully for precious few weeks or months. Often the best post-recovery home is a transitional living situation. Here patients can continue to enjoy calling a protected and safe space home as they begin to slowly transition back into dealing with the stresses that come with maintaining social relationships, attending school or work, and finding a more permanent residence.

Benefits of Transitional Living

Transitional living offers a number of support options and continued care to patients who are still early in their recovery process. Learning how to live healthfully takes practice and though patients may understand the theory behind the principles they learned during treatment, it can take some time to incorporate those tools and turn them into daily behaviors that come naturally. Some benefits include:

  • The knowledge that everyone in the home is living by similar principles of abstinence and prioritizing healthful eating as well as respecting past issues
  • The continued support of counselors, psychotherapeutic intervention and medical care
  • A buffer from tense relationships or pressures that come with maintaining one’s own residence outside of treatment
  • More time to prepare to handle responsibility in the post-treatment period

What to Expect From Transitional Living

Transitional living has a lot to offer patients, but patients are expected to give back as well. Becoming a part of a transitional living home means being a part of the community and contributing time and effort to making it a positive place to be for everyone. Patients may be expected to:

  • Contribute to running the household (e.g., grocery shopping, preparing meals, cleaning up community spaces, etc.)
  • Maintain rules and schedules
  • Attend house meetings
  • Address personal conflict healthfully
  • Continue to attend personal therapy and treatment sessions
  • Take action toward the goal of living independently

The Goal of Transitional Living

Just as the goals of treatment are highly personalized to fit the needs, experiences and desires of the patient, so are the goals of transitional living. Each patient has different areas of his or her life that require a little extra attention and these often become the focus of goals of any aftercare plan post treatment. They can include:

  • Improving academic standing
  • Addressing legal issues that arose prior to treatment
  • Mending primary relationships
  • Finding a new home
  • Finding a new job
  • Handling debt

Is Transitional Living the Right Choice for You?

Transitional living is an appropriate step after completion of an inpatient or residential treatment program. It is important to lay a firm foundation in recovery before attempting to build a new life based on its principles. In some cases, it may be beneficial to continue treatment until stability is reached and then consider the option of transitional living. It is also important to consider the “sticky” spots in treatment. If the focus of recovery has moved away from basic issues like healthful eating and abstaining from drugs and alcohol to material issues like securing an academic degree or a new home while applying new healthy principles of living, then transitional living is the perfect choice. To be sure transitional living is the best choice for you or your loved one, contact us at Futures of Palm Beach and discuss your opportunities for the future today.