What are Halfway Houses?

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Halfway houses are usually the last step or commitment towards getting sober. They are transitional living places for those in recovery from drugs and alcohol. In some states because of legal requirements, the term sober living house instead of halfway house is used. Some people go to halfway houses after treatment, some go after a jail sentence, and others go straight in after detox. Either way, a halfway house offer a sober and clean environment to begin the recovery process while living a normal daily life.

The majority of halfway houses require their residents to pass a breathalyzer and drug tests before they can move in. This is because a halfway house is not usually equipped to handle any form of detox.

Many halfway houses are run by people who themselves are in recovery and were in a halfway house themselves. The halfway houses accommodate either men or women separately. Most people who don’t want recovery from drugs or alcohol will end up in jail, a mental health facility, or dead. Halfway houses offer a longer term care from 3 months, to a year in a safe place while also allowing the residents the ability to begin making a life for themselves.

While staying at a halfway house most residents will be expected to get a job, meet a curfew, pay rent, perform daily halfway house chores, make some sort of 12 step meetings, and/or volunteer somewhere. The whole point of the halfway house is to allow enough freedom to begin building a life again but also enough safety and stability that relapse is less likely. Also, there are rewards for doing well and punishments for not doing well. Those who make early curfew can eventually get later curfew. Those who miss curfew or don’t make their meetings will put on an early curfew or lose other privileges. The last straw will be being asked to leave the halfway house. This will always be the case if the individual begins using or drinking again.

Because residents in halfway houses are living with people who not only will hold them accountable but also have the same goal of staying sober, it is less likely that they will relapse. For instance if an individual just moved into their own place, they could use drugs and no one would know. At a halfway house, because of the drug tests, curfew, and other individuals in the house, there is more motivation to stay clean, stay accountable, and do what needs to be done to achieve long term sobriety.

The success rate for those who go to halfway houses after treatment is much higher than for those don’t. In fact many individuals describe their halfway house experience as one of the best decisions they made in their recovery. The friendships, support, and life lesson are ones that most individuals will take with them long into their recovery. A halfway house is never a bad decision. If you or someone you love wants to attend a halfway house after treatment or for their addiction, please don’t hesitate to get help! While not every halfway house is created equal we know the best places that offer the best care. Call Recovery Hub today!

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