Transitional Living

Transitional Living


“I entered treatment with a “train wreck” of a life. I was destitute, homeless and borderline suicidal. But my life was changed through Harbor Hall. Now I have hope, I make positive lifestyle choices, and I’ve stayed sober for two years. The bleak, hopeless suffering of addiction has been transformed into abundant growth, opportunity and possibility.”

-Todd B.

DSCN1250The Harbor Hall Transitional Living Residence was designed with the simple understanding that not all people are ready to jump into independent living after completing treatment. Some clients develop the awareness that going back to their communities around former playgrounds and/or playmates can lead to relapse.

Harbor Hall has sought to alleviate some of these transitional problems by providing a low-cost, supportive living environment.

What the Transitional Living Residence is:

  1. A Low cost supportive living environment
  2. A transitional living environment to help you continue on the path to ongoing recovery. It is not meant to be a long-term living arrangement but you also know that you are making a minimum of a six month commitment to reside at the transitional living facility. You can also remain for up to one year, with any extensions needing to go through the Director of Clinical Operations or the Executive Director.
  3. A place to continue applying the tools learned during treatment. You will be attending support groups, and working together to keep the environment and yourself clean and sober.

One of the things that many people realize, while in treatment, is that they have not developed their maturity due to the use of alcohol and/or drugs. People with addictive disorders handle stress, anger, wants versus needs, frustrations, etc. differently. They also need to work on developing a sober lifestyle. The goal of the transitional living residence is to provide you with a safe environment, where you can work on these issues, with other people that you have went through treatment with.

DSCN1251You will be expected to attend a weekly continuing care group that is hosted on site. This is facilitated by the Continuing Care Coordinator, who has worked with you during primary residential treatment. Here you will learn skills for developing a budget, managing your money, handling credit, handling stress and boredom, learning to have fun in recovery, paying your rent, developing meaningful and supportive recovery relationships, developing responsibility, etc. You will be going over your accountability plan every week with the continuing care coordinator. You will also be expected to write out the 40 hour per week accountability plan.

Your 40 hours per week may include any of the following: Working full-time, working part-time and going to school part-time, attending school full-time, working part-time and volunteering part-time, etc. This plan is designed to have you develop responsibility but, also to live a life of balance, where work does not become all consuming. You will also be expected to make your bed and keep your room in good order, participate in clean up and yard work and attend weekly outpatient meetings. You will be attending at least three support groups per week along with establishing a relationship with a sponsor that has a minimum of five years of sobriety. You will be subject to random drug testing and breath checks.

During your stay at the transitional living house, you may earn passes, which need to be approved by the Director of Clinical Operations or the Executive Director. You may have a car at the transitional living residence as long as you show proof of insurance, driver’s license and registration of the automobile. The rent for the transitional living is a nominal $425.00 per month which also includes room and board. You will be expected to cover your own toilet articles and laundry soap, though everything else is pretty well provided for you.

We want you to be comfortable and to have a decent place in which to focus on yourself as you establish a life of recovery.  We are certain that our location in downtown Petoskey will be accommodating for attending AA/NA, Religious Worship, shopping, using walking trails or bike paths, and casual sightseeing.

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