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Transitional Living in Alaska

Transitional Living

After you complete your inpatient or residential drug and alcohol treatment program, transitional living can prove extremely helpful as the final step in your journey to complete sobriety and recovery for the long term.

Today, transitional living programs are designed to promote well-being, stability, and safety for persons who are in transition from an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation center but who are not yet ready to start living on their own completely.

However there are several approaches to this final phase of treatment; The goal will be to help you reintegrate into your life successfully once you are done with treatment and detoxification.

To this end, transitional living will provide you with the support you need to start fixing any broken relationships with loved ones, friends, and family. It may also assist you with job training and placement and help you take into consideration and stick to clearer, more realistic recovery plans after treatment.

Understanding Transitional Living

Transitional living homes or centers work in the form of group-oriented housing where you need to adhere to curfews and policies that are strictly substance free.

Participants therefore might also be mandated to attend regular group and individual counseling meetings. In turn, you will get a nice place to live as you continue your treatment, complete courses to help you find employment, and learn vital life skills.

This type of rehab is also essential for preventing relapse but it may also provide a variety of other services, including but not limited to GED assistance, life skills courses, and job counseling. By living in such setting, therefore, you will enjoy numerous benefits.

Who Needs Transitional Living?

Transitional living works ideally for anyone who is early in drug and alcohol recovery or who has just completed a rehab center. At this point, your life may feel extremely uncertain especially because quitting substance abuse can be a major change in your life. As such, you might feel anxious about the future and fear that you may relapse.

In addition, your living environment may complicate the matter further. For example, you might still be uncertain about where you should live after completing rehab - particularly if your family is not an option. Similarly, you may discover that you have no sober or reliable friends and family members you can turn to for accommodation.

In these situations, you will find that transitional living may offer the perfect solution.

Benefits Of Transitional Living

Most transitional living facilities have a lot to offer you. For example, they are geared to offer the accountability and structure that is essential in helping you maintain your sobriety and finally reintegrating back into society.

Some of the benefits that come with living at such a home include:

  • Accountability
  • Assistance with completing a course
  • Development of essential life skills to teach you more ideal patterns of behavior and thinking
  • Emotional support
  • Help in finding employment
  • Support for any co-occurring issue

Further, transitional living will often require you to finish some household tasks, take part in group therapy sessions, and be a responsible and constructive member of the community.

As you continue making the transition out of rehabilitation - whether on an inpatient or outpatient basis - you may find that you respond better to the accountability that is mandated by the transitional living home, than you would if they were the demands, pleas, and requests from family members and close loved ones.

Duration Of Transitional Living

The duration of stay at most transitional living homes can vary from 6 to 18 months, or perhaps longer. The home may also range in terms of size and amenities from small facilities with 15 to 20 recovering individuals to bigger homes that can take up to 40 or so individuals.

At the facility, you will most likely receive 2 meals each day, along with many of the same offerings you would typically find in your own home - such as shared recreational centers and laundry services and/or facilities.

The goal of this type of rehabilitation is to provide you with the supportive and nurturing atmosphere where you can learn how to start living free of all alcohol and drugs, as well as any other intoxicating substance you might be tempted to start using.

How Transitional Living Works

Drug abuse and alcoholism may severely affect your well-being, happiness, and overall health and wellness. Due to your addiction, you are highly likely to lose your home, finances, job, or perhaps push away your close friends and members of your family.

Because of this, if you decide to adjust back to your normal life, you might come across difficult challenges - particularly if you have no informal or formal support group or safety net. Because of this, anything can trigger you and cause you to start abusing drugs and alcohol again.

While recovering from alcohol and drugs and substance abuse, therefore, it is essential that you build and maintain a sober and highly independent life. This is where transitional living comes in - to reduce the risk/opportunity for relapse and (in doing so) ensure your successful recovery in the long term.

Although seeking rehabilitation for substance abuse is the important initial step you need to take so that you can have a life that is healthy and sober, relapse rates are quite high. This means that it may not necessarily be enough to spend a month or two at a rehabilitation center for you to finally get a grip on abstinence and stay the course. This is because inpatient rehabilitation centers are quite difficult and different for some individuals.

Since the atmosphere is safe and controlled, it is not likely that you will encounter any distracting elements, triggers, or temptations to start abusing drugs and alcohol. In addition, everyone in the program will support your sobriety. Therefore, all that will be needed of you is to remain focused and continue striving to get clean.

Also, you might not understand that stressors like attempting to regain your old career or find a new one, dealing with family and friends - particularly those you hurt when you were still addicted - as well as dealing with your depleting finances may all cause you to relapse.

Hence, after you leave the rehabilitation and treatment facility, you might find it helpful to see about living at a transitional living facility. This way, you will continue receiving rehab informally and working towards conquering your addiction.

Finally, transitional living is a smart approach to alcohol and drug addiction recovery. It focuses on achievement, opportunity, and hope. If you - or a loved one - have been considering this type of care, you should ensure that you take the time to find the right one - particularly one that will meet and exceed your expectations and help you complete your addiction treatment. By so doing, you should finally be able to adjust to a life free of drugs.

Centers in Alaska

Sitka Counseling and Prevention Servs
113 Metlakatla Street
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Genesis Recovery Services Inc
2825 West 42nd Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99517
Gastineau Human Services Inc
5597 Aisek Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Gateway Center for Human Services
3050 5th Avenue
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Aleut Community of St. Paul Island
2050 Zenia Miner Road
St. Paul Island, Alaska 99660
KAR House
126 Washington Street Suite 100
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Tutan Recovery Services LLC
3001 Porcupine Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Akeela Women and Families Programs
360 West Benson Boulevard Suite 200
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

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