Accomplishing sobriety is an amazing feat. It requires commitment and patience, as well as steadfastness and personal sacrifice. But through it all, you know that the benefit of long-term sobriety holds the key to personal health and renewed happiness.
Nevertheless, after you make the decision to enter into rehabilitative care and successfully complete the program, where do you go from there?
Do you simply pack your bags and head home? Do you continue participating in therapy, and if so, with who?
For those of you wondering how to bridge your treatment experiences, or slowly assimilate back into the community following the successful completion of residential therapy, understanding the purpose and effectivity of transitional care is imperative.
This knowledge can empower you throughout the entire therapeutic process, understanding that your recovery goals are bridged by an effective and protective method of tapered clinical care.
The idea of transitional living centers around a few key elements that are aimed at increasing the likelihood of sustained sobriety, while effectively minimizing the potential threats and temptations that can knock you off your recovery course.
An abstinence-focused living environment is essential to transitional living. It provides you with a safe haven from the temptation you may face during your daily life, as well as a constant source of accountability.
At Covenant Hills, transitional living is the second phase of addiction rehab where you spend 60 days in a safe and supported environment to help you continue your recovery while slowly transitioning back to every day life.
A transitional living environment consists of a number of people going through the same therapeutic step-down. Due to the inherent comradery linked with clinical recovery, and the communal benefits of experiencing therapy in a group, transitional living facilitates the creation of a safe and stable community of peer support.
While transitional living is an essential component to assimilating back into the community after addiction rehab, your therapeutic experiences during this time are just as significant in order to maintain your substance abstinence. A common clinical approach throughout this phase of recovery is intensive outpatient treatment, which combines elements of residential care within an outpatient environment.
The intricacies of this therapeutic approach may vary from facility to facility, but the primary elements hold true. In the case of Covenant Hills’ transitional care program, you will spend 3 hours a day, five days a week working on your coping strategies and maintaining your sobriety.
As previously stated, intensive outpatient programs combine the clinical benefits of residential care within an outpatient environment. The increased frequency of treatment sessions combined with the variation of both group and individual therapeutic interventions allows you to benefit from a variety of clinical experiences.
The additional benefits of intensive outpatient treatment include:
• Long-term and sustained sobriety
• The ability to apply learned therapeutic techniques into daily social interactions
• Clinical flexibility to adjust the treatment approach and interventions due to the inherent fluidity associated with outpatient therapy
• Greater personal reasonability, allowing you to learn and grow at an increased rate
• Engagement with local self-help groups, facilitating your ever-expanding positive social support network
By tapering your clinical experience, you are avoiding the shock of transitioning from addiction rehab straight back to the stressors of everyday life. You are allowing yourself to maintain effective clinical oversight and increased personal accountability, while progressively taking on more and more responsibility after you complete the residential phase of addiction rehab.
Taking the first steps in your recovery journey can be liberating and terrifying all at the same time. No matter what you are feeling, you are not alone throughout the process.
At Covenant Hills, we believe finding the strength within yourself to overcome your addiction is both commendable and admirable. But achieving sobriety also entails creating goals and planning for your personal and professional life after rehab.
We make it our mission to meet you exactly where you are and walk with you every step of the way throughout your recovery journey.