Starting a halfway
house recovery program for substance abusers
main purpose of the halfway houses and the sober living houses is to rescue the
addicts from drowning into the world of addiction. The professionals of the
halfway houses extend their helping hand for supporting the addicts to assist
them to quit. If you want to live a sober life like most of your other friends,
and live a happy life with your family, then you must take shelter in a halfway
house for a few days. There is a lot that the founders of these halfway houses
go through to help people to be a part of sober society. As a decision is made
to help the addicts to lead a normal life with their heads held high, the
following things must be followed:
First stage: The first thing that needs to be decided is the
location of the halfway house. The choice of location is very important. The houses
must be located in a quiet, residential area. This will prevent the residents
of the houses from feeling secluded from the rest of the world. Above all,
permission is required to set up the house in the desired location by the
state. The situation must be such that it has easy access to the hospitals and
Second stage: Once you have obtained the necessary permission
to set up a halfway house, you need to decide whether you want to be a licensed
body or a non licensed one. This has no compulsion from the state. If you
choose to be a non licensed operator, you must be aware of all the rules, which
might otherwise make the state seize your organization license. Also if you are
a non-registered or licensed body then you cannot organize for programs alone.
You can do so with the cooperation of the local Church.
Third stage: You need to make an account of all the necessary
costs, which includes – mortgage payments, cost of beds, foods, electricity,
computers, and pest control facilities. As you take them into account, do not
forget the additional costs like – inspection fees, renewing of license (if you
are a licensed body) and accounting charges. You should also take into account
the variable costs which may be caused by sudden adversities. The number of
your residents, you want to provide accommodation for, will prompt you to
decide upon your cost.
Fourth stage: You should have an arrangement for things like –
wheel chair, fire extinguisher and parking space. All these may help you to
tackle certain situations which you may miss to foresee.
Fifth stage: As you decide to put up a sober living house you
must go out and interact with the neighbors of the locality around you. This
will help you fetch enough community support, the need of which is inevitable
in the process. Their encouragement also helps you to do a good job, as you
know that you are not alone. Once you get friendly with the neighbors, you may
also get donations that may be helpful for your sober living house.
up a sober living house is a very noble idea. Abiding by a planned procedure
will help you get a place in the hearts of many people who have got a new life
with your help.