Staying at a halfway house can be a vital step in the recovery process. Too commonly, recovering individuals complete treatment and are discharged back into society, which hosts the negative triggers that originally fueled their addiction. Although they have been equipped with the tools necessary to manage these temptations, early sobriety can be an extremely vulnerable time that lends itself to the overwhelming possibility of relapse. To speak with someone, call today at (800) 714-8260.
Time spent living in a halfway house serves as an extension of treatment that allows the recovering individual to strengthen what they’ve learned in recovery while remaining in the strong holds of a sober support network. In treatment, recovering addicts and alcohols build a foundation upon recovery and sobriety. In recovery housing, such as a halfway house, they construct the framework that will house the rest of their lives.
In order to increase the effectiveness of time spent living in a halfway house, the staff and managers work to offer a variety of programs that promote recovery and encourage sobriety. Halfway houses are staffed with individuals who are committed to the successful recovery of each resident, which is why they provide ample opportunities for recovering residents to continue to grow in their recovery and transition to sobriety. In today’s recovery community, halfway houses offer a variety of programs, or access if not available on site, for residents throughout their stay.
Halfway houses provide access to treatment programs for residents to participate in while they reside on site. These programs may include outpatient treatment programs, intensive outpatient treatment programs and other forms of treatment. Residents who participate in a treatment program and live in a halfway house significantly increase their chances of achieving a successful, long term sobriety.
Residents have access to counseling opportunities that allow them to heal from the deepest wounds of their addiction. These counseling options may consist of family sessions that encourage the involvement of loved ones and family members, legal session to resolve legal issues that have resulted from their addiction or one-on-one sessions that give recovering individuals the opportunity to discuss aspects of their addiction privately with a certified addictions counselors.
Group therapy sessions are hosted to encourage interactions among residents and to meet the various needs of each recovering individual. Those who participate in group therapy gain strength from shared stories of similar experience. They gain the confidence and courage they need to continue growing in their recovery as they work toward a successful, long term sobriety.
Halfway houses provide programs that offer educational groups, which provide helpful information and useful resources regarding addiction, the recovery process, sobriety and relapse. These educational programs help recovering individuals to gain a better understanding of the disease aspect of addiction and guide them as they identify its underlying causes.
Residents living in a halfway house can participate in interactive life skills training that helps ease the transition from treatment to an independent, sober lifestyle. Participation in these programs allows recovering individuals the opportunity to utilize what they are learning in treatment while still leaning on the support network provided by the halfway house.
Participation in community outreach programs supports recovering individuals as they interact with others and reintegrate into the community. Community outreach programs host events, such as beach barbecues, trips to local attractions, sports tournaments and other recreational activities, that encourage recovering individuals to enjoy sobriety and interact with members of the community.
Upon participating in and completing the programs offered by halfway houses, recovering individuals will have gained the skills they need to manage temptations outside of treatment, obtain a career, continue to grow in their recovery and maintain sobriety. Halfway houses promote a unique connection among residents, which lasts beyond their stay in transitional housing. Those who choose to stay at a halfway house will have access to a unique support system long after their stay is over.
Although each halfway house is different, they all share the same set of general expectations, some of which vary upon location. Residents are expected to maintain sobriety by abstaining from using drugs and/or drinking alcohol. Halfway houses require residents to attend Twelve Step meetings each day, as well as regular house meetings. Residents are expected to actively incorporate the Twelve Steps of recovery into their lifestyles, behaviors, actions, conversations and thoughts. The staff members and managers of halfway houses encourage residents to remain open-minded when accepting feedback from authorities. During a stay at a halfway house, residents are required to actively seek employment, maintain a job or volunteer their time and services. Most halfway houses require residents to a sign a lease agreement, which is usually designated for a minimum of three to six months and must be completed consecutively.
Halfway houses are staffed full-time, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, by caring, trained professionals who are committed to the successful recovery of each resident. This full-time availability makes staff and managers accessible at anytime to answer questions, address concerns, offer support or speak with potential residents. They perform routine and regular drug and alcohol tests to ensure that residents are maintaining sobriety. The staff and managers of halfway houses provide access to services that aren’t available on site, but would benefit residents as they grow in their recovery and work toward a successful, long term sobriety.
Research shows that recovering individuals who commit to living in sober housing significantly increase their chances of achieving a lasting recovery that fosters sobriety. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, but devoted to the recovery process, consider living in a halfway house while participating in treatment. Halfway houses are also a unique recovery opportunity for individuals who have completed treatment and are interested in furthering their recovery journey.