When you make the decision to enter a residential recovery program, you have no way of knowing what awaits you on the other side. Recovery treatment gives you endless opportunities to rediscover and reinvent yourself. At the outset of your recovery, you will need to focus on the present — on getting yourself well again, and on learning the day-to-day skills you need to resist relapse. But when it comes time to leave the security of a residential treatment center, you will need to be prepared to look to the future, and to apply everything you’ve learned to your life outside your center’s walls. While places like Cypress Lakes Lodge will do everything we can to prepare you for this transition during your stay in our residential programs, it’s common for patients to need some extra help as they take this courageous leap forward. For these patients, we offer a variety of aftercare services, including placement in a transitional living program.
The goal of a transitional living program is to ensure that your first steps out of residential treatment are in the right direction. At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we place each patient who elects to take advantage of this resource into a safe and supportive transitional living environment. We work closely with each individual to ensure that their placement meets their needs — we find a transitional living program that makes them feel comfortable and provides services that match their goals and interests. We want you to feel confident in your ability to live your life after treatment without fear of relapse, and the right transitional living program can give you an even better foothold for success.
What Is a Transitional Living Program?
Achieve Independence After Recovery
There are things you will need to achieve complete independence. Getting these things in place can be overwhelming, though, especially if your support system lives further away and you are working to reintegrate yourself into society on your own. When you’ve lived a life surrounded by addiction-enabling people and activities for months or years, it can be difficult to know what to do with your time while sober. Transitional living is an option for people who are looking to start over and create a new, healthy lifestyle after recovery treatment.
Transitional living programs provide a substance-free living environment as well as ongoing support for individuals who are in between full-time treatment and independent life. Different programs provide different services, ranging from regular therapy sessions and support group meetings to recreational activities and career counseling. These programs aim to help their clients further hone the skills they learned in residential treatment, including time management, self-care, healthy coping mechanisms and responsibility and accountability.
Goals and Your Game Plan
The transitional living program that we place you in can also help you outline a game plan of life goals so that your responsibilities and passions have balance. For example, you may find that you enjoyed art therapy, yoga or meditation during treatment, and you may want to find ways to incorporate that into your lifestyle. Transitional living programs can show you how to turn the therapies that worked for you into everyday hobbies. Our patients learn a lot about themselves in recovery, things they never addressed or didn’t know were inside of them. As you move through detox and treatment and listen to your mind and body, you find the things in your life that can potentially make you happier, less stressed and healthy — and you’ll find that these things are not drugs or alcohol. Transitional living programs help you further explore these interests and develop them into practical ways for dealing with difficult times in your future.
Finding the Right Transitional Living Program
To achieve wellness, changes need to happen; many patients find that the life they led previously requires a lot of restructuring, and that’s fine. No matter how you choose to live soberly, we want you to make informed decisions and be sure you’re attending to your needs thoroughly. The right transitional living program will teach you how be happy and healthy on your own, so you can take charge of your life and your choices without worry.
Engaging with Sobriety
Often, people forget that a sober lifestyle can be fun; they just need to relearn how to enjoy themselves without using addictive substances. There are so many productive ways to spend your time, some of which you will encounter during residential treatment and some of which you will discover on your own. A high-quality transitional living program will get you excited about exploring the world around you again and about finding engaging, healthy ways to nurture your needs.
A strong transitional living program will offer a variety of services aimed at improving your sense of accountability and your ability to resist relapse. And, when these services are offered in a supportive and substance-free living environment, you can become accustomed to successes and build your confidence. These may include:
- Continued life counseling
- Regular check-ins
- Drug testing
- Support group meetings
- Career counseling
Each person responds best to different therapies and recovery tactics. As you draw close to completing your residential recovery program, your Cypress Lakes Lodge counselor can work closely with you to determine whether a transitional living program is right for you. As you narrow down the kind of environment and types of services that will allow you to best succeed after residential treatment, you can find a transitional living program that matches your needs and will further build your independence as you continue on your journey of recovery.