Transitional and extended care programs play an important role in the recovery care continuum. These programs help people as they transition between residential, partial-hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care. Clients take part in clinical care during the day and reside in recovery housing.

Extended care programs provide a crucial, safe bridge between time in therapy and return to one’s home environment or independent living. The ability to live in safe supervised residences with a community of others in recovery reinforces lessons lived in treatment and encourages sobriety and healthy behaviors. Extended care is especially helpful to people in the early stages of recovery. Extended care programs, like many forms of treatment, have no set duration of stay. People are encouraged to utilize extended care until they and their care providers believe that it is safe and appropriate for them to leave treatment or transition to another level of care. Managing the symptoms of addiction and mental health disorders requires ongoing care. It is common for people who leave extended care programs to live independently while receiving outpatient clinical therapy.