About Transitional Housing
Transitional housing allows clients to live in safe, substance-free residences, giving them the best possible opportunity to stay clean and sober following treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. These transitional homes are sometimes called halfway houses as they give individuals the chance to make a gentle transition back into the world. The risk of relapse when returning to familiar situations is quite high, and sober living allows individuals to protect themselves from negative influences and triggers that might make recovery more difficult. Choosing transitional housing in Orange County, CA shouldn’t be an overwhelming decision.
Most transitional housing facilities are designed around traditional 12-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). These 12-step programs are designed to help recovering addicts stay the course when dealing with addiction recovery. The long process of addiction recovery isn’t over when inpatient rehab is finished. While individuals are clean and healthier patterns for dealing with problems have been developed, most clients are not ready to jump back into their old routines.
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There are several different types of transitional housing facilities available for addicts in recovery, each with its own offerings. Halfway houses are structured and will require residents to submit to random drug testing, strict curfews, help with meals and cleaning, as well as group meetings. Three-quarter houses function as a step-down from halfway houses as there are less structure and drug testing. Sober living residences or transient housing offer clients a bed and set meal times, but the rest of their time is not closely monitored.
There are several considerations that each individual client must make before settling on a specific transitional housing facility. The first is relying on the advice of current therapists and coaches. Often, clients will be overly optimistic regarding their abilities to re-engage the world at large while their therapists will have a much different take on the situation. Coastline Rehab Center’s therapists are well versed in helping clients make this first major transition from the safety of inpatient rehab to sober living.
The second important consideration when deciding on a transitional home is its modality. At Coastline Rehab Centers we believe that the inclusion of 12-step programs is a solid indication of a facility’s dedication to its clients. All 12-step based halfway houses include meetings for their residents as well as participation in some sort of work program. Attending meetings can be vital for clients struggling with long-term effects of drug addiction and alcoholism. For many clients, these sober connections will be the first they have made in a long time, and these meetings will help individuals begin to make appropriate connections in the drug-free world.
The third consideration is the location of the transitional housing facility. For recovering heroin addicts and alcoholics, the location of the facility can mean the difference between long-term sobriety and relapse. Familiar neighborhoods with easy access to harmful contacts should be avoided at all cost. Individuals are encouraged to select sober living near where their continuing treatment takes place. For patients in intensive outpatient (IOP) rehab, the ability to jump into meetings is important.
Finally, it is important that clients, with the help of their support system, choose a facility that has a solid reputation. Ask questions when looking into a specific home, and take steps to find out if the supervision and safety of each client is a high priority for staff. Some facilities look fantastic online, but the accountability of clients and staff is not what has been advertised. Should you have questions about securing a bed in a sober living facility near you, contact us today.