When it comes to figuring out life after you get out of rehab, you may find yourself feeling a little lost. It can be a daunting task for anyone. However, it is important to realize that there are options. Adjusting as a clean member of society on your own is hard, there is no doubt about it. So why go about it alone? Transitional housing, also sometimes called “sober houses,” are great places to find your feet again before going off on your own. While they are not for everyone, they are an excellent place to reside during that transition period (hence their name). These offer many services and structures that rehabilitation facilities simply don’t, and they help guide you through sobriety toward an ultimate goal of a better life. Unlike some rehabilitation facilities, the goal does not end when addiction does.
While most rehabilitation facilities have a general guideline that they (and their patients) follow for day to day activities, transitional housing allows you to live life in a somewhat normal way while also providing an absolute and inflexible structure for daily life. You are able to go out and interact with the world in a way very similar to how you could as a clean and highly-functioning member of society. However, the structure allows you to focus more of your time on bettering your life in more regards than just not doing drugs.
You can work on making money and/or rebuilding credit, being more mobile with a job and vehicle, and being a more law-abiding citizen. The rules, such as those declaring curfews and wake-up times, chores and responsibility-sharing (as well as standards to which the house must be kept), and bans on overnight guests, alcohol, and drugs work to keep tenants accountable for their actions. This builds their character and resilience while also pushing them further toward restarting life as they knew it before drugs or alcohol. The rules held by the institution are absolute and punishable as the institution sees fit.
Several Treatment Programs
While treatment programs are available at most rehab facilities, some places do not require attendance. They recognize their importance and encourage recovering addicts to take advantage of different programs and group therapies, but some rehabs do not strictly enforce attendance. Most transitional housing options do, in fact, require that their tenants to attend daily or weekly meetings for programs that will best help them. Some of these programs are strictly for addiction counseling, but others are beneficial for other issues, such as mental illness counseling or financial education. Each case is unique, but the vast majority of transitional housing institutions require attendance to treatment programs discussed prior with each incoming resident.
There are several factors that play into how transitional housing forces their residents to hold themselves accountable for their lives and their decisions. As discussed before, the rules are absolute. Consequences follow when they are not followed. Consequences can also follow if a resident does not attend a treatment program they were given the instruction to attend for the length of their stay. In most places, they must also work with a sponsor in order to continue their recovery. This helps tenants to form a list of priorities and to organize their lives around their responsibilities.
There are other ways that residents learn responsibility as well. For example, tenants are required to hold at least a part-time job at any given time. If they are retired, then they must volunteer. In these ways, they are contributing to society as a functioning member once more. Tenants must also pay rent and contribute to meals for the household. This gives them more responsibility and promotes team-building techniques. While rehabilitation facilities mainly focus on recovering addicts being able to be sober, transitional housing offers residents the ability to stay clean while making adjustments to their lifestyles. These changes will outlast their time in the house and teach them how to properly care for not only themselves but also those around them.