Schedule Followed in Halfway Houses

A halfway house has become important in the complete addiction recovery process as they play a key role in re-establishing the patients recovered from rehab centers in the mainstream society. These houses provide the much required counseling and allow the estranged individuals to once again prepare themselves, go ahead and make a productive living once again. The residents are given an absolutely comfortable but strict and disciplined environment to live in that help them become well-organized. The homes are devoid of all such stimuli that can lead to addiction once again. It has a serene environment perfect to hold on to their new mindset, thanks to which they actually want to get rid of their devastating habit.

A Halfway house generally organizes group discussions and self help meetings that help motivate the residents. However, a drawback with the halfway houses is that these do not have any sort of in-house facilities that would be enough to provide the patients with addiction removing treatments, recovery processes or detoxification. In general, people who have already been through the addiction rehabilitation process and have recovered join the halfway houses for the next step. As a matter of fact, these houses are responsible for preparing them for the next step towards a productive and normal life back in the society. It is the other licensed drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers that provide those services.

Ø Primary Treatment: The initial stage of treatment comprises of one month of in-patient treatment. Patients who are treated in this phase are often referred by professional experts who treat addiction and deal in rehabilitation. Or else they may also be directly brought in by the family once chemical dependency is detected.

Ø Secondary Treatment: The secondary phase of treatment comprises of 2 to 3 months of rigorous in-patient treatment in a cautiously structured environment. This environment might follow from the phase of primary treatment. It generally includes,

· Life Skills Training

· Step Work

· 12 Step Meetings

· Group Therapy

· Individual Therapy

· Educational Opportunities or the GED program

· Lectures

In order to get treated in this phase, the patients need to either complete the initial stage of treatment or have to be referred by a professional addiction treatment expert.

Ø Aftercare or transitional housing Care: This is the part of the treatment procedure that is based on the specific needs and requirements of every individual patient and planned on the basis of their individual progress as well. In this phase the residents start working; they are made to stay active in the Recovery House once the rehab program is over. Hence it is more than necessary to go successfully through the secondary phase of treatment to make the most of this phase of the treatment process. On the other hand, the aftercare services are supposed to provide the residents with assistance to all those who have already successfully completed the sobriety program. In this phase the residents are taught to concentrate on vocational and personal adjustment.