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Practice Sober Living in a Transitional Living House

A transitional living house offers a tremendous opportunity for people who have left a treatment program to put what they learned there into practice. Taking their sobriety on a test run before returning home provides room for learning and gaining confidence.

What Is a Transitional Living House?

A generation ago, people referred to the residential settings that individuals moved into after going to rehab or other formal treatment programs as “halfway houses”. This term suffered from a negative connotation and does not reflect what modern-day versions of it consist of now. 

Today’s transitional living house, also called “sober living houses”, typically consists of a comfortable home with modern amenities and attractive furnishings. They are often gender-specific, providing a separation of men and women. Some of these houses provide care for specific age groups, such as younger adults. Many residents find these options beneficial and conducive to being able to focus on their recoveries. 

Why People Move to a Transitional Living House

When an individual leaves a detoxification program or residential facility, they often opt for moving into a transitional living house. This offers an ability to take their recovery for a test drive before returning home. While people learn and accomplish a lot in detox and residential treatment, going straight back home can be fairly jarring. 

When a person spends a number of weeks or months in a transitional living house, they are able to live similarly to the way they will when they go back home. These types of homes are populated with other people in recovery who all have the same goal of staying sober. This type of peer support proves invaluable, providing people who understand the process of going from addiction to drugs or alcohol to recovery.

In many cases, a person who enters detox or a residential treatment program for addiction has left behind a fairly toxic home life. They may be involved in a troubled marriage or difficult family situation. Most people have at least a few friends and acquaintances back home who are active in their own addictions. 

Spending time in a sober living home provides a buffer before returning home. Game plans can be formulated for reevaluating any toxic relationships and taking action so that they don’t provide a threat to a person’s sobriety. By the time a person has graduated from a transitional living house, they usually find they are more secure in taking responsibility for daily chores as well as big picture items. They also have banked a certain amount of time being strong in their sobriety, which translates to a higher rate of staying sober when they return home. 

Therapy Options in Transitional Living Houses

While each house has its own array of options, many include participating in therapy as a requirement for staying there. A sober living house usually does not have therapists on staff, in keeping with making it more of a truly home-like environment. They often offer access to different types of therapy, including individual, family, and support groups. Some even provide transportation to therapy and doctor appointments, as well as places like grocery stores and religious services.

Some houses have a support group comprised of the residents. This allows the people living there to bond with each other, as well as discuss the emotions and challenges they experience as part of recovery with people who already are familiar with them.

Transitional living houses may have staff who live onsite or those who are nearby and able to assist round-the-clock with any questions or needs of the residents. This allows residents a feeling of independence while still having a safety net and professionals to help them when they need it.

Basic Life Lessons Help Prepare People to Return Home

Transitional living houses typically have a fully-stocked kitchen allowing residents to prepare meals either individually or as a group. For a lot of people, developing culinary skills is a new talent that will serve them long after they leave the house. Basic skills such as planning a food budget, a meal plan, and shopping for groceries often come in handy for people learning to be responsible for themselves in several areas. 

Some homes provide lessons in things like setting a budget. They require residents to split housecleaning duties, which helps them learn to live together and take on responsibility. While some of these lessons may seem basic to those who have not experienced life while suffering from an addiction to alcohol, they actually can have a great impact. 

People who have lost control of their lives and focus solely on obtaining and using drugs and alcohol usually let other parts of their lives slide. They may struggle to buy and prepare food, pay their bills, and perform basic housekeeping. The experience of living in a home with other residents that requires everyone to learn and put into practice each of these skills can carry great weight. 

Addiction Treatment in Southern California

Riviera Recovery offers gender-specific transitional living houses for young adults in the Los Angeles area. Our pet-friendly program addresses addiction to drugs and alcohol, as well as co-occurring mental health issues. Our sober living staff members are available 24 hours a day to help our residents achieve their goals and prepare to return home firmly in recovery.

Reach out to us at Riviera Recovery right now. We are happy to answer any questions you have.

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