Transitional Living at Uinta

Our Uinta Transitional Living Program

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What Is Transitional Living?

Wasatch Crest’s Uinta transitional living program offers clients the opportunity to continue working on their substance abuse recovery in a structured setting. Our men’s and women’s transitional living residences allow clients more independence while offering convenient access to therapeutic programming and medical care. During their stay, clients work on developing practical life skills, such as creating a resume, interviewing for jobs, and establishing credit.

When staying in our Uinta transitional living residences, clients attend our partial hospitalization program or our intensive outpatient program, which offer part-time treatment options with varying levels of therapeutic programming. Most clients begin in the partial hospitalization program, and then step down to our intensive outpatient program.

During their stay, clients have access to individual therapy as well as psychiatric and medical care. They also have the opportunity to participate in recreational therapy, mindfulness exercises, and service outings.

What Rules Need to Be Followed During Transitional Living?

All sober living homes have rules in place to preserve residents' safety and comfort. Rules are supportive of the recovery process, as well, as they help facilitate a sober lifestyle. While some rules can vary slightly, general house rules include the following:

  • No alcohol or drugs on the premises, with the exception of certain prescriptions.
  • Residents are responsible for certain appropriate expenses while in transitional living.
  • Participation in household activities, such as chores, is required.
  • Residents should expect random drug and alcohol screenings.
  • It is necessary to sleep at the transitional living house most nights, if not every night.
  • Residents must treat housemates and staff with respect.
  • No pets are allowed in most transitional living facilities.

Individuals interested in residence at Uinta Transitional Living are provided with detailed information regarding all house rules and regulations so they can make the most confident and informed decision about this step in their recovery.

What Items Can I Bring with Me During Transitional Living?

Some particulars may vary, but generally, clients entering a transitional living facility are allowed to bring clothing, toiletries, electronics, and personal items.


It is important to bring appropriate clothing for the season and climate. In general, it is suggested to bring 7 to 10 pairs of shorts or pants. A mixture of both is ideal. Also 7 to 10 shirts and a few sweatshirts or sweaters and, if needed, a jacket that is appropriate for the current weather. Clients should also pack 7 to 10 pairs of socks and underwear and 1 or 2 pairs of comfortable shoes.


Some of the toiletries clients may want to bring to their transitional home include disposable razors, a toothbrush, a hairbrush, shampoo and conditioner. It is also beneficial to have deodorant, body lotion, nail clippers, or a nail file.

Electronics and Personal Items

Electronics that some people bring to their sober living house include a tablet, laptop, or cell phone. Personal items that may be necessary include paperwork for employment and a driver's license.

Are Visitors Allowed During Transitional Living?

Typically, residents in transitional living programs can receive visitors. Certain rules may be in place regarding hours of visitation, length of visitation, and what may be brought into the house by visitors. Family and friends wanting to visit the facility are encouraged to call ahead of time to discuss policies in advance of their arrival. Also, visitors are encouraged to arrive on time and to show up for all arranged visits. The emotional wellness of our residents is important to their recovery and to us. We know how much visits can mean to the person in recovery and do what we can to ensure that visitors also understand the disappointment that occurs if they do not show up.

What Is the Shortest and Longest Amount of Time I Can Stay in Transitional Living?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that the length of time a person spends in addiction treatment has a direct impact on their recovery outcome. Generally, experts recommend at least 90 days in a treatment program. However, every person and situation is unique. There is no hard-and-fast rule regarding the time one "should" spend in their program. Studies have indicated that the average length of time in a sober living house was 166 to 254 days. A report published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs claimed that people who resided in a sober living home encounter fewer problems with alcohol and drugs after completing their recovery program. They also exhibited higher employment rates, lower arrest rates, and better housing stability. While these studies provide us with averages and ranges, clients should understand that their process is highly individual. Generally, we allow clients to remain residents as long as they feel is necessary, provided that they continue to adhere to the rules of the house.

What Services Can Be Provided During Transitional Living?

Clients residing at have access to the support they need to help navigate integration back into life outside of the treatment facility. Staff members may assist residents with transactional tasks like getting or renewing a driver's license and preparing for job interviews. In addition to the technical and emotional support provided by staff and house managers, residents also partake in individual therapy and mindfulness therapy to help them process emotions and struggles and improve communication skills. As needed, medical and psychiatric care are also offered. As a part of the broader Wasatch Crest community, those staying at Uinta Transitional Living are also welcome to participate in our various forms of adventure-based therapy, which may include equine therapy or monthly outings to preserve and clean our adopted Birdie Shot Trail at Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Gender-Specific Transitional Living at Wasatch Crest

Men and women experience addiction and approach recovery differently. At Wasatch Crest, our transitional living residences are separated by gender, so that male and female clients can heal according to their needs while surrounded by empathetic individuals of their same gender.

Women and Addiction

  • Women develop substance dependence faster than men.
  • Women also develop health issues as a result of substance use faster than men.
  • Women are more likely to face mental health struggles (such as mood disorders, depression, PTSD, and anxiety) that co-occur alongside their addiction.
  • Women report feeling higher rates of shame and guilt surrounding their substance use than men.

Wasatch Crest’s Uinta Women’s Transitional Living Program

Led by a compassionate team of women in long-term recovery, Wasatch Crest’s Uinta women’s transitional living program offers a healing alpine environment for women to further establish their recovery. The program integrates clients into a welcoming community to support them throughout their journey.

Tour Wasatch Crest's Women's Transitional Living Home

Men and women experience addiction and approach recovery differently. At Wasatch Crest, our transitional living residences are separated by gender, so that male and female clients can heal according to their needs while surrounded by empathetic individuals of their same gender.

Men and Addiction

  • Men are five times more likely than women to develop a substance use disorder.
  • Men use alcohol and drugs in greater quantities than women.
  • Binge drinking is more prevalent in men. Men generally start binge drinking at an earlier age than do women, as many male social rites of passage encourage excessive alcohol intake.
  • Men often struggle with talking about their emotions and how to deal with them appropriately.

Wasatch Crest’s Uinta Men’s Transitional Living Program

Our men’s transitional living residence offers clients a space to begin their recovery journey surrounded by men who’ve faced similar life experiences. Clients have the opportunity to work through their emotions, improve their communication skills, and create healing relationships.

Tour Wasatch Crest's Men's Transitional Living Home

Does Insurance Cover Transitional Living?

Transitional Living is not covered by insurance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us to discuss payment options.

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For more information about Wasatch Crest’s addiction treatment programs, feel free to contact our admissions counselors at 800-385-3507

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