What Are Transitional Living Programs?
Transitional Living Programs are designed to offer ongoing support and a smoother shift from previous treatment programs back to reality. They aim to be a middle ground for individuals coming out of treatment that aren’t yet ready to completely submerge themselves back into daily life.
Who are transitional living programs designed for?
Transitional Living Programs are typically for individuals who have a history of or currently struggle with any of the following:
- failure to launch syndrome
- video game addiction
- academic underachievement
- social functioning problems
- attachment issues
Aspects that make Transitional Living Programs unique
Transitional Living Programs are often facilitated in a home-like, community based setting. The objective is to teach individuals how to develop a sense of independence in the real world. Skills like cooking, cleaning, applying for jobs, creating healthy habits, and relationship building are all emphasized in transitional living programs. All elements of the transitional living program are designed to be directly applicable to one’s day-to-day function.
Crisis management, individual and group therapy, life skills training, drug and alcohol counseling, community networking, and social skills training are common characteristics within transitional living programs.
Finding the Right Fit for Your Family
Finding the right transitional living program for you or a loved one can be a lengthy, but well worth it process. Research is key. While the core principles and objectives of transitional programs are the same, they all differ to some extent. Their approaches to achieving specific objectives may be different. What may be effective for one individual may not be as effective for the next.
Shopping for the right program begins with finding out what services are offered and how you would fit in to the program. Internet research and talking with professionals can go a long way. The previous programs you or a loved one has been a part of can also be a great resource for pointing you in the right direction. The goal is always to find the program that feels seamlessly tailored to meet your unique needs.
The Benefits of Transitional Living Programs
Transitional living programs can present many benefits for an individual seeking a “softer” landing from a previous treatment program back to the real world.
Some of these benefits include:
- Life skills development
- Support for dual-diagnosis
- Assistance finding a job or obtaining an education
- Emotional support
01GIVES THEM THE TIME THEY NEED
Transitional Living Programs allow for a gradual transition at an individualized pace for re-entering society. Giving them the support and care needed to successfully become independent and healthy in the real world.
02ABILITY TO APPLY IN REAL LIFE
These programs provide an environment to practice healthy habits and skills learned in previous treatments. They’re given the chance to use what they’ve gained in treatment out in the real world, allowing for a smoother transition.
03SKILLS TO HELP THEM SUCCEED
Resources and stability are provided to individuals entering the next stages of their lives. Instead of just being thrown back into the world, they’re given a helping hand with resources attached if they need help with challenges. They learn important skills, like how to cook a meal for themselves, apply for jobs, or solve roommate issues.
04CREATING LASTING, HEALTHY FRIENDS
Through the provided emotional support and being a part of a “healing” community allows one to develop healthy social skills and learn to manage challenging situations and process things with others.