Life After Treatment: Is a Halfway House Right for Me?

Overcoming the huge obstacle of addiction to reach the point where you can say you are sober is something to be proud of! If you have completed a drug or alcohol treatment program and aren't sure you are fully ready to return to the stresses of life, or want to continue progressing in your sobriety outside of an treatment setting, a halfway house may be the solution.

What Is a Halfway House?

A halfway house (also called a sober house or sober living home) is a drug-free environment that's designed to help those suffering from addiction continue living a sober lifestyle. It's most often used as a stepping stone from a rehab program towards “normal” life. While every halfway house is slightly different, they often share some general similarities:

  • Individuals must commit to a sober lifestyle
  • Individuals must contribute to chores in the home
  • Individuals can come and go as they please, providing they follow the house rules

Some halfway houses even offer group therapy, in-home training sessions, or assistance with helping a person find a new job or housing.

How Can Men Benefit From a Halfway House?

According to a study published in the December 2010 edition of the "Journal of Psychoactive Drugs," the lack of a stable and drug- or alcohol-free environment is a major obstacle to helping you stay sober. The temptations of seeing where a person used to do drugs, people he did drugs with or living alone can all lead to relapse.

Because the time period when a person immediately finishes rehab is so crucial, halfway houses can serve as an option to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and a return home. Some men even choose to take the time at a sober living house to find a new home as well as job to fully begin life again.

Why Is a Halfway House an Advisable Step for Men Leaving Treatment?

If you do not have the support of loved ones at home or the thought of returning home after rehab fills you with stress and anxiety, a halfway house could be exactly what you need. Having a place of your own to move forward gives you greater independence, but helps reduce some of the risks of temptations that can come with returning home too quickly.

Going to a halfway house doesn't mean you'll never go home or that you aren't able to live a sober lifestyle. What it does mean is that you're committed to your sobriety and can continue down a sober path while living with others who are doing the exact same thing.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends remaining in some kind of treatment for at least three months when a person struggles with substance abuse. Staying at least 90 days will help you achieve the best outcome. Whether you choose to stay after the 90 days or return home, a halfway house can help you meet this goal. As a result, you can continue to take steps to support yourself in sobriety.

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