If you are considering undergoing care for drug or alcohol addiction there are many options that you have available to you.� When looking at them objectively, many of them seem like the same thing, or perhaps too similar to understand how they differ.� If this is something you are experiencing, here is a brief definition of what a halfway house is and how it is different from inpatient therapy, outpatient treatment and a hospital.
First of all, you should know that reporting to a hospital for addiction treatment does not necessarily ensure that you will recover successfully.� Unless this medical facility is equipped and staffed with the proper mental health or behavioral health professionals, the only thing they can really do for you is cleanse your system of whatever illicit substances you were using and potentially supply you with medication that can help you abstain from addiction.� Of course, this does not necessarily mean that you will indeed cease your substance abuse.� This is not to say that hospitals are bad, but there are better options for getting proper treatment in order to reduce your risk of greater dangers.
Inpatient therapy is reserved for addicts who are viewed by health professionals as someone who is potentially dangerous to themselves or others.� These patients usually exhibit consistently violent or reckless behavior that many are concerned will result in injury or even death. Patients of this magnitude are placed in managed care and receive constant supervision during a strenuously regulated recovery process.� Outpatient therapy is very different because it basically involve a person attending counseling up to three times a week of their own volition.� You attend educational and group therapy sessions where you actively learn about the dangers of continuing your substance abuse and discuss ways to make changes so that you will not end up as an inpatient in a hospital, or worse.
A halfway house or sober homes is a transitional living quarters for people dealing with drug and alcohol recovery.� Closer examination, though, will tell you that these living situations are usually designed for people coming out of inpatient therapy because they have not had any contact with the outside world.� This aspect of rehabilitation can be extremely frightening for many people and can cause them to forget the skills and lessons they learned in treatment, which of course results in a relapse.� Registering with a half way house, though, lets a patient come out of treatment and live in a less-structured environment, but still in a facility that is conducive to their goals.� Half way houses still require that you attend support group meetings, which can even be held on the property.� They require drug testing as well as a commitment to household chores and meetings.� These requirements keep you hones and build more skills that are necessary in developing professional and personal relationships.