For those who are serious about putting substance abuse behind them and maintaining long-term sobriety, a halfway house is worth considering. For those who are not already familiar with them, a halfway house is a transitional residence that is available to those who are not quite ready to go home after completing rehab. While in a sober living home, individuals will learn additional skills that will enable them to better cope with cravings, temptation, and other triggers that could potentially lead to relapse when they finally return to the “real world.”
According to a 2014 study published by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), between 40 to 60 percent of those who have undergone rehab will relapse within one year. Spending time in halfway house, also known as a sober living home, can go a long way toward making long-term sobriety a reality.
HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO STAY IN A HALFWAY HOUSE AFTER COMPLETING REHAB?
One of the biggest concerns that many people have when it comes to transitioning to a halfway house is being away from their friends and family for even longer. If you share this concern, you will be happy to know that you have complete autonomy when it comes to how long you will need to stay in these sober living environments. Of course, it is worth noting that the longer you remain in a halfway house, the more likely you are to stay clean long-term.
To further put this into context, a study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, a peer-reviewed medical journal, revealed that individuals who spent between 166 and 254 days in these sober living environments were able to maintain their sobriety longer than those who spent fewer days or never transitioned to one following rehab. Even more than that, those who spent this length of time in these homes had lower rates of arrest and higher rates of employment.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND A 12-STEP PROGRAM WHILE STAYING AT A HALFWAY HOUSE
Along with teaching individuals how to better cope with cravings and temptation, most sober living homes will encourage individuals to attend 12-step programs as they will enable them to benefit from peer support. Studies show that individuals who attend these programs are less likely to relapse as they will have the support of people who have walked in their shoes and, more importantly, understand how difficult it is to resist the urge to start using again. All in all, combining a sober living home with a good 12-step program can significantly increase an individual’s chances of putting substance abuse behind them for good.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STAYING AT A HALFWAY HOUSE
While many rehab facilities will recommend one of the many halfway houses in their network to individuals who have completed an inpatient treatment program, this is often the extent of their involvement. Those who choose to take this extra step toward ensuring their long-term sobriety will have to familiarize themselves with the rules and expectations associated with the halfway house where they will round out their recovery before returning to the “real world.” Also, unlike standard addiction recovery services, such as detox and addiction counseling, for example, the costs associated with staying in a halfway house is not covered by insurance.
Those who choose to stay in these homes will have to pay rent, which can be anywhere from $300 to $2,000 per month. In some halfway houses, individuals are also required to pay a utility bill as well. Lastly, they will have to buy their own groceries. As far as rules and expectations, most halfway houses will expect the following:
- Must remain sober
- Must be willing to submit to random drug tests
- Must adhere to a curfew
- Must perform chores
- Must participate in meetings
It is important to note that rules and expectations can vary from one halfway house to the next. As such, it would be a good idea to speak with someone at the home that you are considering to learn more about their specific rules. After all, doing so will help you determine whether or not that home is right for you.
To learn more about halfway houses and how they can aid in your recovery, consider scheduling a consultation with one of our knowledgeable addiction specialists today at 833-762-3739.