Transitional living is sometimes confused with sober living, but the two tend to be separate levels of care. Before fully adjusting into sober living with minimal amounts of accountability, transitional living is the last phase of accountable, structured care. It is called transitional living because it is the time in treatment when clients start preparing for their transition from regular, structured accountability to almost complete independence. Too many treatment programs offer a short period of treatment followed by sober living, without any transitional care. It takes time and skill to learn how to live independently and start assuming life responsibilities in healthy ways. Reintegrating into society and the workforce, or back into home and family life, is triggering and intimidating. Transitional care offers topic-specific counseling in addition to other forms of support to reduce the stress of transitioning out of treatment into autonomous living. Vocational coaching and training helps clients build new resumes, interviewing skills, and finding jobs. Helping to balance schedules between work and recovery, clients learn how to make appointments and schedule in time for self-care activities like eating, sleeping, hygiene, and exercise.
Daily breathalyzer tests and weekly, biweekly, or bimonthly urinalysis might be part of a transitional care program. Regular testing is a way to maintain accountability and make sure that with a new introduction of independence isn’t a trigger for relapse.
During transitional care, most clients are still involved in outpatient treatment. They are attending group therapy once or twice a week to check in about their experience transitioning into independence and starting to live their life of recovery. Still handled by trained therapists, the group processing continues to examine behaviors and build skills.
After the completion of outpatient, after care is a once weekly or twice monthly check in of recent alumni who have fully transitioned into independent living.
Oceanfront Recovery is a treatment facility offering residential treatment programming from medical detox to transitional living. Our theory is that when you change your story you change your life. By providing a unique set of therapy treatment methods, our program empowers men to take more control of themselves and their new lives of recovery. For information, call us today at: 877.279.1777