Making the Decision to Enter a Halfway Home

making the decisionA halfway house provides a landing place for patients who have completed an inpatient drug rehab program but do not yet have a suitable place to call home. As compared to other sober living estates, a halfway house usually provides minimal therapeutic support, focusing instead on the provision of the basics, including:

  • A room (often shared) with a bed and a dresser
  • Basic meals
  • Utilities
  • An in-home manager to provide monitoring and basic support
  • Rules, including curfew, in order to maintain a sober environment for residents that focuses on minimizing the risk of relapse

Is a halfway house right for you? Like addiction treatment, whether or not your aftercare plan includes a halfway house should be determined based on your personal needs.

Level of Readiness

As you approach the end of your stay at an inpatient drug rehab center, how do you feel about re-entering the “real world” with your new sober principles? Do you feel confident? Concerned? Do you have specific areas of your life that you worry may intrude upon your ability to remain clean and sober?

Few feel completely confident in their ability to avoid relapse at all costs, and that’s healthy – too much confidence after a long-term addiction is unrealistic. The expectation that sobriety can be maintained without continued aftercare support can ultimately lead to a quick relapse and return to addiction. Even if you have the utmost confidence in your ability to avoid relapse in recovery, it is still recommended that you pre-enroll in therapy, find a local 12-step meeting, and create a plan for filling your schedule with positive things like work, school, volunteering and positive people.

However, if you feel unsure about your ability to manage stressors or rebuild your life from the ground up without taking a drink or getting high, a halfway house or sober living home can help.

Family Situation

Some patients have a warm and loving family to return to, a home that is full of people who are living without drugs and alcohol and who are fully supportive of their recovery. This is not always the case, however. Often patients choose a halfway house because they:

  • Have no home to return to
  • Have too many contentious relationships to deal with at their current home
  • Would like time to rebuild relationships before moving home
  • Are legally unable to return home due to restraining orders, custodial orders or other legal issues

Preparing for the Future

What do you need to be most successful in a life of sobriety? Do you need to return to school? Do you need to do community service to fulfill a debt to society? Do you need to work as much as possible and repay debt, or save for a new place to live or a car? A halfway house can take some major responsibilities off your shoulders, giving you the option to focus on what you need to do to advance your ability to lay the foundation for a stable life and continue to attend therapy sessions and 12-step meetings as necessary to continue your progress and growth in recovery.

Learn more about the various sober living options that are open to you after drug rehab when you contact us at the phone number listed above.