Intensive treatment and rehabilitation programs can help addicts recover. Transitioning back to society can equally be a challenge. But with the help of halfway houses, everyone finds a way to adjust eventually. 

Halfway homes are temporary homes that help people transition to permanent living circumstances. They are available to people who want to reintegrate into society after a particular experience other than substance abuse. For example, people experiencing addiction, homelessness, deportation, or incarceration are also welcome. 

Halfway house staff not only counsel residents but also test them for drugs to support a drug-free recovery. They also have strict rules that help residents get used to a structured routine. 

Below is more information about how halfway houses work.

Purpose of Halfway Houses

Halfway houses help people reintegrate into society. They function as sober living houses that provide limited supervision and support for people who want to recover. 

After addiction treatment, halfway houses can be a key part of recovery. They can also assist people with other mental health disorders like anxiety or depression get stable housing. Alternative housing options for the homeless include halfway houses or transactional living environments

Rules in Halfway Houses

People living in halfway houses must follow a curfew. However, they have the freedom to come and go every day as they please, depending on their schedule permits. By having a consistent routine, people are less likely to encounter external trigger events and situations. 

For harmonious living, safety, and security, everyone must adhere to specific rules and regulations at all times. Some of these rules regulate interaction, noise control, cleanliness, and chores. Residents may take a while to adjust to the house rules at first. Sooner or later they get used to it and appreciate the discipline if they want to be a part of the home.

Standard rules in halfway houses include:

  • You should always be sober
  • You should apply for jobs if you don’t have one, and if you do, you should show up on time.
  • You have to enroll in recovery programs.
  • Refrain from taking other people’s belonging without permission or stealing
  • You should always talk to other residents respectfully and resolve conflicts peacefully

Expectations in a Halfway House

Most halfway houses will require residents to have completed at least a 30-day outpatient or inpatient program. However, if someone is currently undergoing treatment for their addiction but lacks a place to stay, they can live in a sober living home.

Conclusion

Halfway homes are protective living environments that prevent people from relapsing into homelessness, crime, and substance abuse as they re-enter society. The homes teach the residents life skills and allow them to practice the skills in a structured environment.