What Is Transitional Living?
Transitional living is for those that have completed an inpatient mental health or addiction treatment program and want to slowly integrate back into their everyday lives prior to returning home. These individuals often participate in an outpatient program while they are in transitional living. They also attend meetings, form peer bonds, and learn valuable life skills while having access to helpful resources in a structured environment. Additionally, transitional living is a valid option for those who have failure to launch syndrome and need time away from their family in order to fully acclimate to adulthood.
Transitional living homes focus on helping those struggling with addiction, mental illness, or failure to launch syndrome. Sober living homes and halfway houses are examples of transitional living environments.
Most transitional living residences host those in recovery for anywhere from six to eighteen months, depending on their own personal needs and recovery goals. The vast majority of those who live in these spaces have stepped down into this level of care on their own accord, but some have been referred by their residential treatment program.
Depending on the house, an individual might have their own room or share a room with a like-minded person. These homes usually offer amenities such as computer access and fully equipped kitchens as well as services such as career guidance and on-site counseling. The rules enforced in transitional living houses give residents a high level of structure and accountability while still allowing them a sense of freedom.
Transitional living provides so much more than just a safe, comfortable place to live. When a person makes the decision to go from residential treatment to transitional living, they are probably unsure of exactly what to expect. The following are typical features of transitional living environments.
Within each transitional living space lies a specific uniqueness in each, but individuals can expect to adhere to a set of rules during their stay. The number one rule across the board is that alcohol and drugs will not be allowed on the premises for any reason. Transitional living homes are drug and alcohol-free and must stay that way. Other regulations extend to limited visitation, curfews, proper hygiene and conduct, and respecting other people and their property. Additionally, residents are often required to attend mandatory meetings and undergo regular drug tests. Anyone who violates these rules is asked to leave.
Many people have concerns when it comes to visitation. They do not want to be completely cut off from their loved ones, however, they also do not want family and friends to overstay their welcome. Transitional living homes do not allow visitors, but with certain limitations. For example, they are not allowed to stay the night and must act appropriately while on the property.
It is vital to one’s well-being to be mentally healthy. Many transitional living facilities keep therapists and counselors on staff, so residents have access to therapeutic services when needed. Furthermore, most houses are partnered with providers of partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, and standard outpatient programs.
Most transitional living homes are not subsidized by the government, meaning that residents must pay rent and/or utilities in exchange for being able to live there. This means that individuals will have to get a job or determine another way to fund their rent, as well as do things such as keep the lights on, pick up groceries, and keep the home clean. These are responsibilities that are expected of residents in these types of homes, which is dually beneficial because it gives individuals the ability to develop these life skills prior to returning home.
Transitional living homes are usually located near multiple 12-step meeting locations. The 12 Steps are a set of guidelines dedicated to helping individuals overcome an addiction to alcohol or drugs. These meetings are anonymous and are attended by those in and out of recovery.
Additionally, residents get to know each other on deeper levels when they attend 12-Step meetings together, which only strengthens the bond they may already be developing.
How to Cope Mental Illness Within Grown Children
Your child is going to need support while they reside in a transitional living home. Certainly, they will obtain encouragement through our staff and others in the program, but the support they can get from their family is priceless. We understand that the entire process of going to treatment and developing recovery is an exhausting one, despite how beneficial it is. But, the truth is that even though your child has completed a large portion of the footwork, there is still more work to be done. You and your family can work together to be the strong support system that your child needs right now by adhering to a few simple tips.
Empower Your Child
The power of positivity cannot be underestimated in a situation such as this, where your child is working to change their lives for the better. During this time, empower your child by recognizing all of their accomplishments (both big and small) and encouraging them to keep going. Simply telling your child that they can do it can make a world of difference in their recovery. Keep a positive mindset so that you and your child can reach the goal of a happy, sober way of life.
Early recovery is a very vulnerable time in a person’s life, as tugging on several proverbial strings in hopes of untying a huge knot can be challenging. There are likely going to be times where your child is recounting the many instances where they feel they failed their family members, friends, or even themselves. They may be judging their own past actions and carrying around the shame and guilt that those actions have produced. Therefore, it is critical that you remain non-judgmental during this time. Remember, addiction is a disease and that disease can of course be heartbreaking. But, judging your child on their past behaviors or on what they are attempting to do for themselves now will only set everyone back a few steps.
Even though you may not be together or even close by, it is important to ensure that you are keeping a clear line of communication open with your child. Of course, this might not be as easy as you would like, especially if you are both working on mending old wounds, but doing so can be beneficial in many ways. Not only are you able to get an inside look into what your child is going through, but your child is able to feel loved and supported by their parent(s) at a time when they need it most.
Whether you are battling drug or alcohol abuse, mental illness, or failure to launch syndrome, your struggle is valid and you deserve help. The only way to improve your life is to move forward in a positive direction. Transitional housing can help you along the way. At Riviera Recovery, your success means everything to us. We want to set you up for long-term improvement and sustainable solutions. To learn more about our transitional living options or to get started today, please give us a call or visit our admissions page.