What Should I Know About Transitional Housing?

Recovery does not begin or end when you go to treatment. There is detox, treatment with different therapies, medication, and other resources that will help you on the journey, and then, finally, aftercare programming. The real recovery starts on the outside of an inpatient or outpatient program that sends you into the world with support to begin life on the other side of addiction. Sometimes, this transition is difficult for various reasons. That may be why you and your support team are considering transitional housing to help you make the leap into your sober future.

Stay Accountable

The first thing recovery from addiction teaches you is to stay accountable to your goals and plans. When you think about transitional housing, the key to keeping on top of your goals is to be part of a community who supports you day in and day out. There may be weekly meetings, drug testing, and chores required in transitional housing but the rules are there to support your recovery. If you know the rules ahead of time, you can decide if that will work for you. The supported structure of a clean and sober home environment may be just what you need to get you on the right path to success in recovery.

Clean and Safe

Success in recovery depends on many factors. If you head straight home after rehab, you may be right back where you started when you left. Everyone that you spend the majority of your time with should support recovery from addiction. This is not usually the case, but there are also people who may actively try to bring you down by inviting you back into the old lifestyle and habits that trigger addiction. When you choose a facility for transitional housing, it is important to think about what feels comfortable, safe, and supports a clean and sober living environment for you to thrive in recovery.

Stay Curious

When looking at transitional housing programs, think about what your goals are for the future. Transitional housing is all about being curious enough to ask yourself what you want and how you will get there. You can learn how to navigate difficult conversations and relationships with others, plan aftercare activities, and find help while you still have a strong support system in place early in recovery. This ‘family’ can be key to keeping you moving forward without a high risk of relapse. When you are better prepared through transitional housing, you can spend your time focusing on sobriety and clean living rather than worrying about how you will sustain those goals going forward. Transitional housing may not be right for everybody, but it can be a learning experience for people in recovery to focus on themselves, get past the first several months to a year of sobriety, and really hone in on important skills they need to succeed. Don’t hesitate to talk to the rehab facility and make sure they know how you feel about returning to life after rehab and discuss all the available options to make an informed decision when you leave.

The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. We encourage your journey to recovery with our nature-based facility, programs, and resources. We carefully discuss aftercare plans when you are ready based on many factors. Our main goal is to help you find healing and a purpose in recovery with the support of our trained therapists and recovery team. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.