What’s a Halfway House? And How Do You Choose One?
The Important Role of Halfway Houses in Addiction Recovery
Once you finish the hard work of detox and in-patient addiction treatment, you may feel nervous and maybe even fearful about how you will stay sober when you’re on your own. You may be like many addicts who think they can’t handle sobriety because it’s boring. But you won’t have to be alone in this with options for sober living at a halfway house at your disposal.
Moving to a halfway house will provide a transition from closely monitored treatment to independent living – halfway in your journey to full recovery. You’ll see it’s possible to enjoy sober living, which can be profoundly joyful and fulfilling. Finding the right halfway house begins with understanding what you need, knowing what questions to ask, and seeking help from your treatment specialists.
What Is a Halfway House?
A halfway house, sometimes known as a sober-living home, is a home-like facility where recovering addicts live and receive staff supervision. It is usually located in a residential area and has a small number of residents in order to match the neighborhood’s character. It may include a 12-Step program as part of your continuing drug rehab. You will benefit from the structured environment and, equally important, the emotional assistance you get by living with other recovering addicts. Your family and friends may love and support you, but if they’ve always been sober, they can’t know what you’re going through.
How to Find the Best Halfway House for You
Your rehab specialists will probably recommend you go into a halfway house after leaving treatment. They should have a list of recommended facilities. But don’t just pick the first one they recommend; you are responsible for your own recovery, which includes being an active part of choosing the right halfway house. Look for a facility that offers structure and support both inside and outside the house, with rules that set boundaries you can live with and offer accountability when you break them.
You should be able to interview the house’s staff about recovery programs offered and how the facility is managed. Besides fundamental aspects like cost, insurance accepted, facility location, and basic living arrangements, here are some questions to ask:
Recovery Programs Offered
- What are the staff training and qualifications?
- Is group counseling offered, such as 12-Step meetings?
- Is outpatient drug rehab available if you still need it?
- Is support provided after you leave?
- What are the house rules, and what happens if you break them? Do residents have regular house meetings to discuss concerns?
- Are there organized social events? Can family and friends participate?
- Are residents expected to do chores?
- What are the rules for visitors?
- Is help available for job-interview training, life skills, or tutoring if you’re going to school??
The Best Halfway House
A halfway house entails a crucial step in your drug rehab, providing support when you need it most. Many people fall into addiction because they lack structure and may not have had to face the consequences of their actions.
The best halfway house provides both support and structure, with positive reinforcement when you succeed and honest but caring guidance when you falter. It’s all about building a solid foundation for a lifetime in recovery, beginning by showing you how a sober life works and how good it can make you feel. You will finally see all the good aspects of life that were clouded by your addiction.
If you are ready to begin the next step in your road to recovery, contact us today to speak with our caring support staff about finding the right place for you.