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Sober Transitional Living in Orange County, CA

After patients have completed more intensive addiction programs, they are usually recommended to lower levels of care and no longer need to remain in an inpatient program. Some patients might need extra guidance as they continue with their treatment care plan and elect to reside in sober transitional living. Residents of sober living are at an in-between phase where they are not fully confident in living independently and prefer a more structured environment before fully integrating into the outside world. 

At Hotel California by the Sea, our sober living transitional housing is available for those enrolled in our outpatient programs. Our transitional living homes are TJC accredited, fostering a positive community of like-minded individuals who all have the same goal of maintaining a healthy and sustainable life free of addictive substances. 


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 What is Sober Transitional Living? 

Sober transitional living is a temporary supportive type of housing designed for individuals transitioning from rehab treatment programs into permanent housing. Sober living homes are meant to provide a safe and supportive environment for those who have recently completed intense rehab programs and are looking to start a new life free of drugs and alcohol. When patients enter into a less intensive level of care, sober living can be especially valuable for residents who are beginning their sobriety journey and can be vulnerable to temptation and relapse. 

When you have access to services and resources, a supportive community of like-minded peers and are living in a substance-free environment, it is much easier to resist any urges during the early days of your recovery. Some sober transitional homes, depending on the specific program, do not provide any types of formal treatments. Because of this, residents are highly encouraged to continue their recommended treatment plan of therapies and attend addiction recovery support groups. 

At Hotel California by the Sea, our sober living transitional housing is available for patients actively participating in the outpatient treatment programs. Residents of our sober living homes are in partial hospitalization programs (PHP) or intensive outpatient programs (IOP). Because of its proven effectiveness in maintaining long term sobriety, individuals in outpatient programs are often encouraged to stay in sober living homes. All individuals living within our transitional homes are in treatment at Hotel California by the Sea. This creates a sense of security and community for all residents in our sober living homes. 

Benefits of Sober Transitional Living

Sober living transitional housing is a great option for individuals in the early stages of addiction recovery. Living in a more structured and secure environment with other like-minded peers can help keep a person accountable and responsible during their continued recovery process. For some patients, returning home after intensive treatment programs is not an option.  They do not have the support or a safe environment to continue with their recovery treatments. When patients return to an environment and are surrounded by people associated with their addiction, it can be difficult and have a negative impact on their goal of long-term sobriety. They are more likely to relapse. 

Sober living homes give residents the opportunity to practice their newly learned coping techniques when faced with daily challenges that may trigger negative feelings and behaviors related to their substance addiction. By putting themselves in a neutral environment away from difficult temptations of substances, patients are learning to cope with addiction stressors and overcome cravings they may face. 

Residents of sober transitional living can greatly benefit from the sense of community and support from advocates and fellow peers. For those who are enrolled in our drug and alcohol rehab program, assistance in learning to adjust to life without drugs and alcohol and services such as finding employment and learning practical life and professional skills can also be helpful in maintaining long term sobriety. 

Guidance and Support

While in residence at a sober transitional home, occupants are encouraged to provide support for one another. This helps fight feelings of isolation and keeps residents accountable for staying sober. When residents are in a stable environment away from drugs and alcohol, they are much less likely to relapse or have any cravings for addictive substances. Because they are also removed from their normal environments and peers that can sometimes trigger the negative and addictive habits, the structure of a sober living home keeps the residents from temptations of relapse. The sober atmosphere helps them stick to their goals, encourages positive behavior and promotes a sense of community among other recovering peers knowing that they are not alone in this fight against addiction.

Less likeliness to relapse

After the completion of intensive treatment programs, patients are still vulnerable to relapsing. Because relapse is not uncommon, extra care should be taken when patients transition to a lower level of care. Sober living transitional housing is a highly encouraged option for patients leaving intensive care. It provides a safe and structured environment allowing recovery to be the main focus for patients. Patients face fewer temptations to use alcohol and drugs and are often surrounded by positive reinforcements through the sober environment and through other sober peers. During their stay in a sober living home, patients will be able to concentrate on creating a comprehensive plan for maintaining sobriety as they re-enter into society.

Renewed Independence

Residents of sober transitional living begin working their way towards a more independent life while maintaining long-term sobriety. Transitional living is a great way for patients who might not be fully ready to integrate back into society and need some extra support as they slowly switch to a more independent life. Residents will learn conflict resolution skills as they live with others in sober living homes. Residents will learn how to budget their finances as they enter back into the workforce. Residents will also learn how to effectively manage their time between professional obligations (career and work) and personal obligations (sobriety and family/friends). All of these elements present in sober transitional living play a key factor in helping an individual gain more independence and control over their new lives free of addictive substances. 

Who is in Sober Living?

An individual looking for an appropriate sober living transitional home may be someone who is currently enrolled in outpatient programs such as PHP and IOP and can only return to a toxic home environment after receiving treatment. For those who need more accountability on maintaining long-term sobriety, sober living may be a great option. These are usually individuals who have completed more intensive treatment programs and need the extra support of a structured environment before moving into an independent home life. A transitional sober living home will allow them to practice their newly learned coping skills while still having access to support services. Transitional sober living is also great for individuals who need the emotional support of like-minded peers to help them maintain long-term sobriety.  

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What happens in Sober Living?

Individuals who enter into sober transitional living usually seek the extra support of a structured home environment after addiction treatment before they become fully independent. Residents of sober living homes at Hotel California by the Sea must remain drug and alcohol free for the duration of their stay and are expected to actively participate in continuing addiction treatment programs such as therapies and attending addiction recovery support groups. In the transitional sober living home, residents will be introduced to three main phases of sober living throughout the duration of their stay.  These include the restrictive phase, the reintroduction phase and the self-sufficiency phase. All of these key factors in sober living cultivate a safe and stable environment for individuals to maintain long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Phases of Sober Living

Patients who enter into transitional sober living homes work towards the goal of becoming fully independent. There are three essential phases of transitional sober living that reflect the gradual increase in independence. 

In the restrictive phase, residents are encouraged to temporarily remain absent from work or school responsibilities. This allows patients to intensely focus on starting the initial phase of this continuing addiction service treatment. In this phase they will participate in individual or group therapies, addiction support groups and begin to introduce a personal daily routine, which includes chores, healthy activities and recommended health appointments. 

In the reintroduction phase of sober living, residents are given a bit more freedom to integrate back into daily responsibilities of work and school. They will continue with their recommended therapies and attend local addiction recovery support groups. One of the most exciting steps in this phase is being able to use personal transportation for essential daily activities. 

In the self-sufficiency phase, residents are held more accountable before their final transition into independent living. This is essentially the last step before moving into his or her own home or living situation away from the support of an addiction recovery program. At this point, residents have full independence to go about their own activities. Residents slowly prepare to transition out on their own while learning and implementing coping skills and techniques for maintaining sobriety. 

Sober Living Eligibility Requirement

Many people prefer transitioning into a sober living home before becoming fully independent because the structured environment gives them a little extra support. Those who choose to reside in sober living transitional housing often are expected to follow a few guidelines to help maintain an orderly and positive environment. This may include no drugs or alcohol on the premise, following suggested curfew times, and active participation in addiction treatment therapies, addiction recovery support groups and work, school or general responsibilities.

 Sober Transitional Living at Hotel California by the Sea

While residing in sober living at one of Hotel California by the Sea’s transitional housing locations, clients have an opportunity to create close friendships with peers actively working towards the common goal of recovery. The sense of community and camaraderie helps patients overcome setbacks throughout their journey. Residents of sober transitional living homes support each other and hold each other accountable to staying on track. Residents will continue to meet with their designated therapists, psychiatrists and case managers as they continue working through their treatment plans towards the ultimate goal of maintained recovery.

As one of the leading addiction treatment programs in Orange County, CA, all of our sober living transitional homes are The Joint Commission (TJC) accredited. Hotel California by the Sea’s sober living homes are open to those who are attending one of our outpatient programs and have chosen transitional housing to best support their own personal recovery journey. These transitional housing residences are stable environments that serve as an ideal step-down process for those discharging from inpatient treatment. As patients move down to this lower level of care, they are often still susceptible to relapse and even cravings for addictive substances. Transitional living encourages and cultivates a positive and sober atmosphere for those patients who might still need that extra support.

Benefits of Transitional Sober Housing at Hotel California by the Sea:

  • Ideal location in Southern California beach cities with a robust employment network
  • Live in transitional housing while continuing treatments with Hotel California by the Sea
  • Establish a solid foundation for long term recovery
  • Remain in a structured environment until individuals are ready to transition home
  • Create a sober community and networks of supportive peers
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If you are a patient enrolled in lower levels of care such as PHP and IOP, we highly encourage you to seek out extra support in our transitional sober living homes. Hotel California by the Sea finds that patients who reside in transitional sober housing have a higher likelihood of remaining sober. For information on our transitional housing and sober living homes, please fill out one of our contact forms below. Our admissions specialists are ready to answer all your questions and concerns. Individuals who join our transitional sober living homes will have the support and guidance of our experienced personnel at Hotel California by the Sea. 

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