Our Transitional Housing Program allows residents who have completed their initial treatment program to graduate from the structured environment of the Addiction Recovery Program, back into the community and a life of independence.
The homes are dispersed throughout Greater Vancouver, and serve as a launching pad for men to explore work, volunteering, and educational opportunities. It offers a safe living environment with a level of stability and structure—increasing the odds of maintaining long-term sobriety.
Residents entering our transitional housing program must complete a comprehensive aftercare plan which entails following up on vocational or educational opportunities, one-on-one counselling and meeting medical monitoring requirements. They are also required to attend a minimum of three 12-step based meetings per week and also must participate in a weekly In-House meeting.
All of our homes are occupied by a live-in house manager who ensures that residents are adhering to rules and following their individualized aftercare plans. Completing treatment and returning to work or school is often challenging. Our transitional housing program offers a safe, community-based setting for men to begin the next phase of their recovery.
If you require further information regarding transitional housing, please feel free to Contact Us.
5 Ways “Sober Life” Supports Your Recovery
1. Ongoing Support for Recovery
When an individual enters sober living, they instantly become surrounded by Recovery. The house rules mandate that everyone living there is active in recovery, attending meetings and even undergoing drug tests. Staff is in place to ensure everyone in the house has the support they need to get back on their feet and maintain the momentum that was created in treatment. The support of other clients and staff who are committed to changing their life through recovery is invaluable early in the recovery process.
2. An Alternative to Isolation and Boredom
Detox and Residential Treatment Programs create an environment where the addict or alcoholic is constantly surrounded by other people; both staff and other clients. Many individuals find themselves in uncomfortable lonely surroundings once they have been discharged from treatment. This is especially true if they are trying to avoid hanging out with people from their past who are still in active addiction. Sober Living provides an alternative to the isolation and boredom (without the risk of them going back to relationships and situations that threaten their recovery) by surrounding them with other residents who are working on their recovery; creating a sense of connection and comradely.
3. Discipline, Structure and Accountability
No Sober Living House would be complete without House Rules. House Rules vary but most include curfews, chores, consent to drug tests, attending meetings, etc. Each resident is accountable for following the rules. The rules provide structure and following the rules builds discipline. Many addicts and alcoholics become dependent on others during their active addiction and feel a sense of chaos when they no longer have the drug, the bottle or another person to count on. Not knowing how to handle life as it comes can lead to relapse. Practicing structure and discipline allows the individual to take pride in their physical space and to experience order in their life building their self-esteem as well as their independence.
4. Time for Personal Transformation
Recovery requires a complete life transformation. It is unrealistic to expect that transformation to be complete as soon as a residential treatment program is over. Moving into a Sober Living facility support an individuals continued transformation by keeping him or her connected to the fellowship and also engaged in a community that supports ongoing growth.
5. Transition Back into the World
Sober Living can be invaluable for helping the addict or alcoholic to transition back into the world. Sober living provides the individual with a stable environment from which live life on life’s terms. Learning how to re-engage with society, in a structured living environment, helps to prevent individuals from relapsing into their old habits.
Living in a sober environment provides the individual the structure from which to find and keep a job, to begin to save money, develop healthy relationships and even slowly plan for the future. Sober living gives the recovering addict or alcoholic an environmental foundation from which to put his or her life back together and in a healthier manner.