Why Should I Go Through Transitional Stages of Treatment?

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Long-term care is sometimes referred to as transitional care. Transitional care and transitional living is an individual component in what is called a “continuum of care”. A continuum is a continuous sequence in which the adjacent components are not distinguishably different, but, from one end to the other, the difference is extreme. Multiple levels of care can be included in a treatment center’s continuum of care. These include: detox, residential inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and transitional living or sober living. Each treatment center approaches their continuum of care in a different way. The purpose behind offering multiple stages of treatment, however, is the same.

Not everyone can go to a residential program

Residential inpatient is the typical model of what most people would call “rehab”. Living on site, having no outside responsibilities, and being completely dependent upon the treatment facility for everything is a high level of care. Residential treatment programs are most recommended for individuals who do not feel that they can be safe with themselves or with others. If someone is completely incapable of staying sober for more than a day, then a residential treatment program is most recommended. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to take the time to spend in a residential program. Parents, executives, people who cannot afford the time off from work, and others with ensuing life circumstances need other options for care. Partial hospitalization offers a full day of programming without having to live on the premises. Lower levels of care still offer engagement with individual therapists and group therapists along with the other educational as well as healing components of treatment.

Not everyone is ready for life after treatment

Addiction typically lasts a few years. For some people, addiction lasts a few decades. Treatment is effective. People learn a tremendous amount of knowledge about themselves, the disorder of addiction, and how to live sober. However, residential inpatient, for example, is usually no more than one to two months. One to two months compared to one to two decades of substance abuse and struggles with mental health is a short amount of time. Going through the transitional stages of treatment is a better guarantee of success for the long term. You remain in structured care, slowly learning to apply the many skills and tools 888-207-you learn in treatment to real life situations. Healing the body and the mind, you are not forced into a situation you cannot handle. Once you graduate through transitional stages of treatment, you are confident in your ability to live sober.


The answer to recovery is simple. Simple Recovery is a multiphase treatment program, offering men and women the opportunity to transition into living sober. For information on our programs for addiction and co-occurring disorders, call us today: 888-743-0490