Addiction recovery is a journey. Your journey may begin with inpatient treatment, but eventually, you’ll need to move back into “regular life”—including school, work, and family.

This brings challenges of its own, which is why many individuals seek transitional living. Transitional living bridges rehab and “regular life,” providing a community where you live, temporarily, with peers who are also going through rehab.

Transitional living is all about giving you the support and encouragement you need to begin your new life of sobriety. It can be incredibly beneficial, but only if you approach it properly. The question is, what can you do to get the most out of your transitional living experience?

Guidelines for Transitional Living

Here’s our advice:

  1. Don’t go until you’re ready! Complete your rehab program, and only pursue transitional living when your counselor or therapist feels you’re prepared for it.
  2. Pick the right transitional living community—a place where you feel comfortable and at peace. Ask your therapist for recommendations.
  3. Ask the right questions. Make sure you know the success rates, typical length of stay, qualifications of the on-site staff, etc.
  4. Pack smartly. Remember clothes, toiletries, devices and chargers, and reading material. Also consult the packing guidelines for your transitional living program.
  5. Make sure you know what the rules are—including “quiet hours,” the need to check in each day, etc.
  6. Also ask about your duties. Most transitional living communities will assign you some light chores to keep the place running smoothly.
  7. As you enter transitional living, keep going to therapy sessions or support groups as directed. Remember, recovery is a journey!

Transitional living can be an important step in your pursuit of lifelong freedom and sobriety. Learn more by contacting Seacliff Recovery today!

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