• Kelly Rhone

Benefits of transitional housing

Updated: Nov 1, 2021

OAKLAND, California - We’ve previously tackled the topic of Transitional Housing in one of my blogs, but this time let’s focus more on the benefits they provide to help you get a clearer view of what Transitional Housing can do! Let’s add to what we already know previously, shall we?

Now why do we discuss this you ask? Does it really matter? Well, we’re discussing it because it does exist for a purpose, aren’t we?

According to what I’ve gathered so far, transitional housing serves as a stopping point of sorts, being of aid to people who have just finished treatment get back to a daily routine which usually is easier said than done especially for someone undergoing recovery, after all, moving back into their existing lifestyle may mean more exposure to drugs and alcohol instead.

So how do these transitional housings work that they actually do provide benefits? And what can the residents there expect?

In every transitional living community, it was said that the services, layout, and access, range widely from one program to the next, making it beneficial to choose a drug and alcohol treatment facility based on one’s transitional living program in some situations. As the individuals moving into these communities are highly vulnerable to relapse during the early stages, the aforementioned communities take abstaining from use seriously. Hence, in these housings, residents will work with others to achieve social interaction, lifelong friendships and sobriety in numbers with the individuals living in such houses will be required to commit to the rules of the home.

Now that we’ve gotten a gist of the happenings within transitional housings, let’s take a look at the goals of such housings which has luckily compiled for y’all!

“When you leave treatment from drug or alcohol addiction to enter into transitional living, there is a strong focus on helping you to get ready for the next phase of your life. To do this, the programs tend to offer several key components.

  • They help you stay the course. The most important component is the program’s constant support to encourage healthy, drug-free living. With 12-Step meetings, daily therapist appointments, individual counseling, and ongoing support from peers, you gain a sense of how valuable staying clean is.

  • They help you get healthy. There’s much more to getting healthy than just staying clean. Most people also need to consider their overall wellness. Transitional living programs often offer wellness programs to help you to ensure your nutrition and overall health is positive. Some, such as The Ranch at Dove Tree, also focus on providing you with a gym membership and an outdoor adventure program. This helps you improve your physical health.

  • They get you ready for what’s next. You can’t just step out into the world and be successful. You need support getting there. Transitional living helps you by allowing you to get academic and college support. You’ll get help with your resume and job placement. Many programs also help you with life skills education.”

Meanwhile, if you’re wondering what other benefits one can gain from transitional housing programs, has got it all covered for us folks!

“Not only do transitional housing programs provide residents with a safe, sober living environment that allows them to continue to work toward their recovery goals, these programs also offer support, guidance and monitoring that improves the overall success of the recovering addict. Flexible programs that offer stays from two months up to two years can further aid in the improved economic self-sufficiency and independence of the recovering addict.

Residents can appreciate the following benefits of transitional housing:

  • Reduced rates of relapse resulting from continued support and treatment.

  • Reduced relapse rates resulting from continued monitoring and random drug or alcohol screenings.

  • Improved recovery success rates. Studies show that individuals who spend 6 months in a sober house are 40% more likely to remain sober long term than those who do not—these rates are also increased for those who spend more than 6 months in the transitional housing program.

  • Time—it takes time to transitional comfortably, to re-acclimate with daily life and to learn how to utilize the coping skills learned in treatment.

  • Job placement assistance.

  • Housing placement assistance.

  • Relationship guidance including support in rebuilding broken relationships and rebuilding a strong support network outside of treatment and the transitional housing environment.”

Now here’s another list of benefits from to refer to when you’re wondering whether to go for it or not!

“There are countless benefits of transitional housing. The halfway home at Alina Lodge provides a safe, sober living environment that allows you to:

  • Keep working toward your recovery goals

  • Receive ongoing support

  • Continue to get the guidance you need as you stay sober

  • Receive monitoring that can improve your recovery success

  • Build a structured life with rules

  • Learn to treat yourself and others with kindness

  • Be held accountable

  • Be screened for substances

  • Reduce the chances of a relapse

  • Get job placement assistance

  • Receive housing placement assistance

  • Learn how to maintain boundaries and healthy relationships

  • Make friends and develop a support network of peers who understand your journey

Making the transition from a substance use disorder to a sober life is not an easy path, but a halfway home makes the road less bumpy. Transitional housing offers many benefits that will aid in your recovery efforts, and the sense of community that comes from others in the transitional housing program can really help you regain confidence in this difficult time.”

So, what do you think? Will you be considering transitional housings? Cause I surely will, especially when we know that a lack of a safe environment and adequate housing can be a key factor in why some people relapse and others thrive.

As a short trivia, I will be citing down other types of transitional housing has listed along with a list of things to consider when choosing a program as well:

The most common types of transitional housing include:

  • Transitional living for low-income families who are homeless.

  • Transitional housing for recovering addicts.

  • Transitional housing for homeless veterans.

The majority of those who require the help of a transitional home are in recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or suffer from a mental illness. These programs provide sober living for residents for a period of a few months up to two years depending on the unique needs of the recovering addict.

When choosing a transitional housing program, consider the following:

  • How much it will cost for a room in the center and if you can afford the monthly rent as well as any other related costs such as the shared cost of utilities, food, or independent living expenses.

  • The location of the program and its proximity to your job, your treatment provider and your family.

  • The ability for you to find gainful employment in the area surrounding the sober house.

  • The rules of the home and your willingness to commit to the rules. (Remember that failure to follow the rules will lead to eviction)

  • The support offered by the program. (Are support groups offered? Are residents of the home welcoming and respectful? Are staff members or the program leaders supportive?)

  • The relapse rate of those who lived at the home. (Keep in mind that relapse rates are generally in line with those of a typical treatment center)”

To our friends here, we must keep in mind that transitional housing programs aren’t only limited to those who are in early recovery from addiction, but also for people with various needs. Moreover, these programs help make it possible to rebuild a happy, healthy life after treatment by offering support, guidance, and a clean and sober living environment that is conductive to continuing recovery for those in need as stated in

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