Why Transitional Recovery From Addiction Works
For the majority of people struggling with addiction, the recovery process is going to require an ongoing commitment that may span months, even years. For that reason, many people benefit from what is known as a “transitional” or “multi-phase” recovery program that includes a series of recovery “phases” and milestones, rather than a single, one-size-fits-all treatment.
Addiction treatment needs to be more than just combating cravings and unhealthy behaviors. A successful recovery is dependent on a total lifestyle transformation, which is exactly how a transitional recovery process works.
This model is founded upon several key phases of treatment, with each acting as a stepping stone toward full sobriety and independent, healthy living.
The first phases of recovery in a transitional recovery model are heavily structured and supervised to monitor each person and get a feel for their individual needs. Participation in various group activities gives people in recovery a sense of community and encouragement as they take the first steps in overcoming dependency struggles.
Only when they have developed and demonstrated an aptitude for healthy living can clients advance to the remaining phases of treatment, which allows more freedom and the ability to transition back to their daily routines.
At Midwest Recovery Centers, we’ve created a unique version of transitional recovery known as Multi-Phasal Transitional Recovery, which incorporates various proven treatment techniques into a program customized specifically to our clients’ needs.
Throughout Phase I, which typically lasts around 90 days, the Midwest staff takes the time to get to know their clients’ history and personal addiction struggles in order to design a treatment program that’s right for them. Clients learn healthy coping skills and various methods to manage temptations so they can steer clear of a possible relapse. As progress is made, staff monitors each client’s readiness for transition into the next phase of treatment, where they will have the opportunity to apply the skills they’ve learned.
Phase II can last about 6 months, which allows ample time for clients to gradually transition back into society and, eventually, function independently. During this time, clients are often encouraged to seek employment and take on more activities to simulate real-world stressors that will need to be managed through healthy means. Because there is still a level of staff supervision, each client’s activities can be monitored to assess their ability to live healthy, independent lives after treatment. Though this phase is less structured, clients are still held accountable through weekly urinalysis tests and check-ins with staff.
Multi-Phasal Transitional Recovery is more than just a treatment method. It’s a complete recovery process, promoting healthy living skills and ensuring that each client has the tools and knowledge they need to live a sober life after treatment.
No program can guarantee complete healing, but Transitional Recovery through Midwest Recovery Centers can certainly guarantee you a solid foundation on which you can begin to build a new, healthy future.