Choosing a Halfway Home

choosing a halfway homeIt’s not easy to choose which sober living option will best suit you or your loved one after drug rehab. Each one is different from the next and will offer different benefits and considerations. Just like addiction treatment, your choice should be made based on your needs in recovery. What will best serve you or your loved one during the transition from the safety and protection provided by drug rehab to a state of total independence in recovery? Consider:

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Aftercare Support

Every sober living home and halfway houses function under a certain philosophy of care. In accordance with that philosophy, they will offer – or not – different types of aftercare and treatment services or require residents to take part in certain therapies and treatments. These can include any of the following:

  • 12-step meetings at the house
  • Group holistic sessions (e.g., acupuncture, yoga, meditation sessions, etc.)
  • The requirement to attend a certain number of 12-step meetings in the community
  • The requirement to attend personal therapy sessions
  • The requirement of a certain number of volunteer hours
  • Regular meetings with a case manager
  • Life coach sessions

The goal of most sober living homes and halfway houses is to provide a drug-free “base of operations” for patients as they transition from being actively in recovery to an active life that is defined by sobriety. Some will institute the requirement of different therapies, group sessions, and other therapeutic requirements in order to ensure that each resident is working to improve their ability to remain relapse-free.

Rules and Regulations

It is practically impossible to find a halfway house that doesn’t come with a set of rules and regulations put into place to help residents remain accountable for their actions and focused on their goal of living a life that is clean and sober. Most will employ rules that include:

  • Curfews
  • Meal times
  • Chores
  • Attendance at house meetings
  • Respect of others in the house

If you are concerned about these requirements, look into them ahead of time so there are no surprises. Be aware, however, that these regulations help to ensure that everyone in the house remains drug-free and supports the continued growth of all residents.

Environment

What kind of feeling do you get when you walk into the halfway house? Does it feel welcoming and warm? Is the home well maintained, clean, and bright? Does it feel inviting? Can you easily visualize yourself living there, coming and going as you look for a job, attend meetings, and continue your progress in recovery?

Take the time to explore the place beyond its online presence. Schedule a tour and walk through the home itself. Ask to see the rooms and wander around on the grounds with a counselor. Use the time to ask questions about what you can expect should you opt to move in, and pay attention to how you feel while you are there. Often, the general atmosphere of the home can tell you more about whether or not it will work for your needs than any brochure can.

Proximity: Where Should Your Halfway House Be Located?

Some people assume that choosing a halfway house that is close to home is the natural choice, but often, it has more to do with choosing a location where you would like to spend time in sobriety. For many people, this means specifically choosing a halfway house that is far from home. The benefits of this choice may include:

  • Distance from people and places that are reminders of addiction
  • Distance from family issues and relationship problems that can be triggers
  • New place to explore and new opportunities
  • New recovery community

Learn more about the benefits of sober living and find the right location for your needs when you contact us at the phone number listed above.