Some people say the hardest part of beating an addiction is not going through treatment. In fact, many folks consider the days and weeks immediately after rehab to be the most challenging. When the eyes of counselors and fellow patients are no longer upon you, you’ll get the opportunity to find out how bad you want a life free of drugs and/or alcohol. To help you with this critical period, you might want to seriously consider transitional living.

What is Transitional Living?

Two women on a bench at their transitional living space.Transitional living is best described as a living situation that allows you time to transition from one aspect of life to another. With any effort and luck, the transition will go smoothly. If not, you can work out the kinks until you feel you are well-prepared to go it on your own.

In the recovery community, either drug treatment counselors or recovering individuals with significant recovery time act as leaders in transitional homes. No one knows more about recovery from addiction than someone who has successfully gone through the process.

Regardless of labels, its primary purpose is to allow patients to leave rehab and start “relearning” how to live on the outside. They can do this in a safer environment where they have access to continuing counseling and a built-in addiction recovery group for support, to guide the way.

More About Transitional Living

Accountability is the key aspect of transitional living. Each resident undergoes intermittent drug testing. This adds a layer of incentive to stay clean, risking expulsion from the transitional home if relapsed. That may sound harsh, but relapses provide a clear indication that something is not right. If evident, house leaders may recommend an additional stint in rehab.

House leaders will assign a room and/or bed and post required chores for each resident. In a strict transitional living environment, residents must attend 12-step approach meetings in order to maintain eligibility. The house rules may mandate residents stay home early in the process. However, house leaders will eventually encourage them to go out and resume working, go to school and interact with family and friends. Upon returning home, residents will undergo tests to make sure their recovery is still intact.

After proving themselves to be ready for the outside world on a full-time basis, residents can move out on their own. By then, they will hopefully have developed relationships that are strong and meaningful.

Transitional Living and Beaches Recovery

Beaches Recovery is a full-service drug rehab facility located in Jacksonville, Florida, with the primary responsibility of providing care and counseling for patients who are caught in the cycle of addiction. When necessary, the process starts with detox. This allows patients to rid their bodies of harmful residual substances.

After detox, counselors and clinicians begin working with patients to better understand the causes of the patient’s addiction. This requires hard work, focus, and commitment on the part of the patient. Realizing that each patient is a unique individual, we offer a wide range of treatment modalities. They include:

When the treatment process has been concluded, patients become eligible for a sober living program, which hopefully emulates daily life at Beaches Recovery. While going through a transitional process is not mandatory, counselors will encourage patients to give it serious consideration. Most people need time to adjust to normal living after dealing with an addiction.

If you find yourself tired of trying to navigate life while struggling with addiction, you need to seriously consider getting help. The first step asks you to admit you are helpless over your addiction. Once you have passed taken that step, you will be ready to get help from us at Beaches Recovery. With focus and commitment, recovery can be yours by calling 866.605.0532.