Overcoming addiction is not a task to check off on a list, but rather a path that a person will be on for the rest of their life. The potential for relapse is always there, and it is important that a person has the support structures in their life to avoid it and stay sober.
Defining Transitional Care
For clients who have already completed a residential inpatient treatment program beforehand or those who want to try a more in-depth treatment program, Christian Drug and Alcohol Treatment recommends the gender specific Transitional Care Program. This is offered by some of the most advanced Christian rehabilitation centers.
Transitional Care is a program where a patient continues his or her treatment and training in a unique, sobriety-valued, semi-structured healing environment. It is during this program that holistic healing is maintained at an advanced level and where deeper emotional, psychological, and spiritual issues are explored. More refined recovery plans and guides are also in place during a Transitional Care phase of a treatment program.
These programs, as the name would indicate, allow a person to transition slowly back into their daily life. In many cases, a person can continue to live on the treatment campus while attending school or work in the community. This gives them the chance to adjust back to managing their daily life while retaining the support system of the treatment center.
The Benefits of Transitional Care
As a person reintegrates school, work, and other responsibilities into their life, they will find themselves faced with many of the same stressors that may have led them to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. A transitional program can provide a safe space to learn new methods for managing those stressors.
Enrolling in a transitional care program is a great idea for a person coming out of rehab. Sadly, the successes of rehab can make a relapse even more dangerous. During a period of abstinence, a person’s tolerance to a certain drug or alcohol drops. That means that if they relapse, the same dosage that they were using before rehab can have a far stronger effect. In some cases, it can even be fatal. That is just one reason that remaining sober is so important. A transitional program can help a person transition from rehab back to the “real world” without falling victim to the siren call of their addiction.
Finding The Right Program For You
We suggest that you choose Transitional Care programs that offer lectures and courses developed to give you a more comprehensive and deeper understanding of your situation. A good transitional care program will also provide the same access to both individual and group counseling as a residential treatment would.
We also always recommend treatment centers that offer faith-based counseling and religious services, because we believe in the power of God to help people heal. The treatment centers we recommend all use holistic and Biblically-based methods of treatment. Substance abuse, after all, is not only a physical disease; it is also a spiritual condition.
While most residential treatment programs only last a month or so, transitional care programs can last up to a year. This longer timeline means that there is no rush, and patients can slowly adjust to being increasingly self-sufficient. Often, the many stressors of returning to life after rehab can trigger a relapse, and a stint in transitional care can counteract that possibility. If you are planning on attending rehab, or will be leaving rehab soon, making transitional care plans is one of the best things that you can do for your long-term health and sobriety.
Most people do not transition from completely sober to being a drug addict overnight. Thus, it is unreasonable to expect them to do the opposite. Leaving a life of addiction behind takes hard work and an immense amount of support. Simply successfully completing rehab is not enough. Transitional programs can give people the tools they need to stay off drugs long after their rehab program is over.
If you are seeking a quality Christian transitional treatment program, call one of our counselors today for a recommendation that fits your needs.
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