What is the Definition of A Transitional Living House?

You will often hear recommendations for addicts to go for inpatient treatment for at least 30 days at a treatment facility. However, 30 days of treatment for someone that has spent half of their life living with an addiction is just not enough. The more treatment a person gets the better. Transitional living homes are great places for newly recovering addicts to go to once they’ve completed their initial treatment. 

The National Institute of Health “Early interventions, treatment, and management of substance use disorder” states:

A typical progression for someone who has a severe substance use disorder might start with 3 to 7 days in a medically managed withdrawal program, followed by a 1- to 3-month period of intensive rehabilitative care in a residential treatment program, followed by continuing care, first in an intensive outpatient program (2 to 5 days per week for a few months) and later in a traditional outpatient program that meets 1 to 2 times per month. For many patients whose current living situations are not conducive to recovery, outpatient services should be provided in conjunction with recovery-supportive housing. In general, patients with serious substance use disorders are recommended to stay engaged for at least 1 year in the treatment process, which may involve participation in three to four different programs or services at reduced levels of intensity, all of which are ideally designed to help the patient prepare for continued self-management after treatment ends. (NIH)

Transitional living is an umbrella term for a home that people can go to after completing treatment to help them reintegrate back into society. A halfway house or sober living house are both examples of transitional living homes; these are temporary homes. 

What is the Definition of A Transitional Living House?

Types of Transitional Living Homes

There are typically 2 types of transitional living homes: a halfway house or a sober living home. All of these terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between a halfway house and a sober living home.

Halfway House – Halfway houses are state-funded transitional facilities mainly for those coming out of incarceration that has completed a drug and alcohol program while incarcerated. They can occasionally have residents that are court-ordered after completing a drug and alcohol treatment program. 

Sober Living Home – Sober Living Homes are usually privately owned transitional facilities for anyone that has completed a treatment program that either doesn’t have a place to go after treatment or doesn’t have a safe place to go after treatment. SLH is usually fully run by the residents.

More About Types of Transitional Living Homes

Both halfway houses and sober living homes help teach those that are new in recovery how to return to living a normal life. They help residents learn to manage their finances, pay bills, maintain employment, and keep up with maintaining their living space all while continuing to work on their recovery.  In addition,  12-step meetings, peer support, house meetings, and counseling are all usually required at both types of homes. The goal is to maintain sobriety and return to living in society as a normal functioning adult.

Transitional Living Homes for Addiction And Alcoholism

New You Sober Living helps men and women recover in a safe transitional living residence. We are a premier co-ed sober living home. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect and given a personalized experience to fit their needs and requirements. So it is time you reinvent yourself and be the new you that we know you can be! Our team of specialists is available around the clock to assist you.