Supportive Living Environments for Recovery
When approaching treatment for a mental health disorder, substance abuse, or a dual diagnosis (the co-existence of a mental health disorder with a substance use disorder) it is wise to create a big picture plan. Getting one-on-one therapy and attending group sessions is key in the effort to make the life changes necessary in recovery. But ignoring the dysfunctional home environment you return to each day could sabotage all your efforts.
An unhealthy home environment is one that might be chaotic, unsupportive of your efforts in recovery, drug or alcohol infested, or violent. All of those elements would undermine your recovery by triggering the very issues that brought you to treatment in the first place. Instead of allowing your recovery to be threatened in a maladjusted home environment, transitional living may be a much more productive option.
Types of Transitional Living
Transitional living services are designed to provide a safe and supportive temporary living environment for those in early recovery from addiction and/or mental health conditions. There are also transitional housing provisions for those who had been incarcerated, and for the homeless. The most common types of transitional living are referred to as sober living homes, halfway houses, recovery residences, and shelters.
For the purposes of this blog, the focus will be on transitional housing for individuals recovering from mental health and substance use disorders:
Sober Living: Sober living residences provide a safe and supportive drug and alcohol-free living environment. Many people who are transitioning from an inpatient or outpatient treatment program utilize sober living housing for a few months, allowing them the needed time to reinforce new sober lifestyle habits and coping skills before returning to their regular lives.
Group home or halfway house: People recovering from mental health conditions may be in need of housing that is supportive to adjusting back to a functioning life. These transitional living settings provide a supportive home environment, and often include 24-hour crisis support, life skills training, job search assistance, and counseling.
What to Expect in Transitional Living
Transitional living housing is an excellent option for those in recovery who seek both independence and support. Because of this focus, sober living, recovery residences, or halfway houses are structured around providing safe boundaries while encouraging personal growth. To accomplish this, sober living and other transitional housing formats have fairly structured schedules and specific expectations for the residents.
If an individual is in recovery for substance use and/or mental health disorders, they will be expected to actively participate in regular recovery group meetings, such as A.A. or SMART Recovery, as well as weekly house meetings. In addition, residents are expected to be employed or enrolled in studies that will lead to employment.
House Rules at Transitional Living Homes
Keeping all the housemates safe in transitional housing is of utmost importance, so maintaining an orderly living space is an essential. To ensure that the residents adhere to the common mission of sober living housing, house rules will be posted. Some of the common house rules for transitional living include:
- Zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol possession or distribution
- Regular drug and alcohol testing
- Curfews that are strictly enforced
- No loitering permitted on the property
- Violent or threatening behavior is prohibited
- Theft is prohibited
- Unauthorized absence is prohibited
- Sexual or lewd behavior is prohibited
- All medications are to be secured by house manager
- Residents are responsible for maintaining cleanliness in their room
- Residents will be expected to share household chores
- Residents will attend recovery group meetings
Phaite Behavioral Healthcare Provides Transition Living Support
Phaite Behavioral is a behavioral health treatment providers located in Orange County, California. Their team also provides resources for their mental health and/or addiction clients to utilize transitional living to further support the recovery experience. Learn more about treatment services and resources at 888-259-1268.