The classic model of inpatient residential treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism provides at least twenty-eight days of therapy, counseling and education. Prior to the regular thirty day program commonly called “rehab” is the detox process which can last up to three weeks. In the case of addiction in adolescents and young adults, four weeks may not be enough time to establish the necessary foundation for building a life of recovery upon.
Transitional Living for Addiction Recovery
Transitional facilities provide a less rigid environment than structured inpatient programs. However, they offer enough structure to prevent young people recovering from addiction from flailing. Most recovering young adult addicts who elect to reside in a transitional facility will stay there for three to twelve months. They will continue to develop and grow into their new sober lifestyles while receiving encouragement and support from peers their own age. Recovering addicts often need time to adjust to the newfound freedom and responsibility that comes with a sober lifestyle, and transitional facilities provide the platform for that adjustment. Therapy, group therapy, and life skills training are core components of these programs. Most importantly, adolescent and young adult focused transitional living incorporates a lot of fun. Finding fun in life again without drugs and alcohol as a young person can feel hopeless. Transitional living helps young adults learn how to fully live their lives in ways they never knew possible.
The ultimate success of a transitional facility is its ability to provide an ongoing support community for recovering addicts. Schooling, local twelve step programs, and communities focused on young people’s recovery are parts of a new social support system. Strong group support during the vulnerable 18 month timeframe of early recovery has been shown to significantly reduce relapse incidents, as well as ongoing legal and homelessness problems that are associated with heavy drug use.
Sustain Recovery Services offers a comprehensive program for extended care services to adolescents and young adults in the early stages of recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism. Please call 949-407-9052 today for more information about our unique facility and how we can help your loved one find long term sobriety for their life.