Completing rehab is an essential step toward lifelong recovery. Even after rehab, relapse can still be a significant risk. To better ease into an entirely independent and sober lifestyle, a transitional living program can be the right choice. Explore aftercare options as well as the benefits of a transitional living program after rehab.
What is a Transitional Living Program?
A transitional living program is a bridge between 24/7 residential care and independent life. In residential or inpatient programs, clients have around-the-clock access to medical support and care. This accountability is a good idea and a crucial part of rehab, but it is not indicative of everyday life.
To go from a relatively sheltered, 24/7 environment of support to total independence can be a shock to the system. Instead of having three cooked meals a day, clients have to budget, grocery shop and prepare their meals. Clients are out in the real world and exposed to all kinds of temptations, instead of being surrounded by sober peers. Instead of a regular schedule, they may have lots of time to kill.
This transition can be tough and stressful. For many individuals, it is a time when relapse is most likely. Fortunately, transitional living is a great option. Transitional programs are similar to a halfway house, and typically offer accommodation as well as a support network.
Typically, a transitional living program is designed to be gender-specific. Clients are surrounded by peers, but they still establish their own routines and stay occupied. Most clients find work or attend classes during the day. There may be sobriety requirements or blood and urine tests to ensure compliance of all participants.
Understanding the Risks of Relapse
Most people realize that relapse is a risk, but it is far more significant than you might expect. More than half of all people who complete some form of addiction treatment will eventually relapse. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimize the risk of relapse. Transitional living is one of the most effective options.
Relapse risks are highest immediately following rehab. That’s because the stress and challenge of living on your own are greatest at that point. The longer a person can go without relapsing, the higher the chance of long-term sobriety. Getting through the first few months after rehab is very hard, but transitional programs make it much easier.
Minimizing the Stress of Independent Living
Transitional living is so helpful because it reduces the stress of living independently while also adding in support and accountability. To start, clients don’t have to find accommodation on their own. Finding a place to live is stressful no matter what, but it becomes incredibly overwhelming right after rehab. Transitional programs typically include accommodation, eliminating that major worry.
Also, transitional programs usually allow clients to share meals with one another. There is a social element, which means less isolation and loneliness. There is also plenty of accountability, not to mention a set schedule. Perhaps most importantly, there is a sober environment that reduces temptations and access to dangerous substances.
The Need for Aftercare
There is no doubt that detox and rehab are necessary steps on the road to recovery. However, the recovery process doesn’t and shouldn’t end on the last day of rehab. There are many aftercare options, and they all address the need for continuing support.
It is unrealistic to think that clients can transition from total support to no support overnight. Aftercare is the middle ground, and it can make things much easier for clients. Even with helpful and willing family, aftercare still plays a role in lifelong recovery.
Aftercare and Transitional Programs at Kemah Palms
At Kemah Palms, aftercare is offered and encouraged for all clients. Before aftercare, however, there should be opportunities for growth, learning, and treatment in rehab. Fortunately, a comprehensive range of therapies is available. Just some of these addiction therapy services include:
- Chronic pain recovery program
- Group counseling
- Neurofeedback therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Nutritional support
Transitional living can be one of the most effective forms of aftercare. At Kemah Palms, aftercare options are available once clients have completed both detox and rehab. Call us at 866-604-1873 to start your new life.