What is a Halfway House?
The transition from rehab to everyday life can be scary and difficult, and some people need more guidance than their families, friends, or therapy programs can provide. One option for families in this position is to place their loved one in a sober home. These homes are used and funded by various public welfare agencies throughout the US to help ensure that recovering addicts are safely integrated back into society. Halfway houses have somewhat of a negative connotation in the US, like most treatment resources. Here we’ll discuss why they’re actually effective treatment tools for recovering addicts.
Residents in these houses are encouraged and required by a team of mental health professionals to practice the life skills they learned in rehab, but with more independence and less restrictions.
Who attends them?
Typically, each sober home serves 5 to 15 client. Some are court-ordered, many of them young. As well as group therapy sessions, sober houses employ specially-trained staff to assist residents on a deep, individual level.
What do they do?
Like rehab clinics and juvenile detention centers, sober homes fall under the category of residential group care. However, compared to those programs, halfway houses have minimal restrictions. Residents are encouraged to interact with the outside world, beyond just family and friends. If a resident has school or work, they are allowed to continue attending. In that regard, it’s a lot like outpatient rehab, except that a person
must live in the sober home, not just spend some time there. Residents can expect multiple, sometimes random drug testing throughout their stay.
Why use them?
Like all residential treatment services, sober homes can only work if the resident is determined to make it work. depend on the motivation of the client to work effectively. One might assume that someone who just completed rehab needs only minimal supervision, but a person has to remember that they’ve been living in a bubble. A strong as their coping skills may be, some people are more sensitive to stress and peer pressure than others, and they may not be ready to fly alone yet, not until they get used to the fear and stress–the sober reality of it all–and moving forward.
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