Overcoming Failures in a Halfway House
Once a patient manages to achieve the basic criteria,� which is indispensable for maintaining sobriety,� typical halfway houses� offer long term treatments that help attain perfect sobriety without any risk of relapse. �This enables them to finally enter into a new phase of life where they act responsibly.
It is intended that this sobriety will remain permanently.� This is the phase where patients slowly and steadily start preparing themselves to step into the outside world without any fear. It is important that the individual is mentally prepared to hold onto sobriety. At the house, they gather enough inner strength to help them control their addiction drives, especially for when they face a crisis at a later stage. After all a halfway house is nothing but a transitional home that guides and helps one transition from a life of addiction to a life of sobriety.
If the addiction removal process has not made the addict strong willed or determined to live a no relapse life and if there are particular needs which, need to be addressed, there is a chance that a patient may relapse or resort to substance abuse once again. It is for such people a halfway house works best. The transition to sobriety takes place slowly and steadily through the support and experience one gets during the stay in these sober homes. The patients get timely help and assistance to overcome addiction.
In order to help house residents deal with their past failures and prepare for a bright future, the halfway houses give them staggered freedom, guidance and support. Most houses do this in a systematic step-by-step process. The longer a particular patient has stayed in a halfway house, the more freedom they are allowed to enjoy. This instills the responsibility, which, they need to hold onto sobriety and it also enables them to respect the trust that is invested in them by the counselors at the halfway houses. That ensures that the process of recovery is permanent.
Nonetheless, this is also a process in which the patients are given the chance to hold onto sobriety in a relaxed way without an unnecessary amount of mental pressure. For instance, the patients may be allowed to visit a relative or a friend for the weekend. They are provided with an opportunity to reconnect with a normal life, whilst still receiving protection in the structured safety of the abstemious living environment of the halfway house. This prepares them for the final challenge, which they face as eventually when they leave the home. It is necessary to overcome addiction while they are in the halfway house, in order to finally move back into their family life. In the house they are both mentally and physically prepared to handle the freedom on their own. That is the time for the patient to face life with new energy and confidence.