Not only addicts, even their family members and friends engage in speculating what a halfway house is like. Before we go straight into that let us divert to the point of a “sober life” for some time. A “sober life” is something that perhaps is the most desired thing across the world – of course after money! And yes, just like money, attaining a sober life is equally a tough process! Rather a ‘series of processes’! After an addict has completed his treatment, he is then free to go back to his normal life. But in certain occasions they often relapse to their life of addiction. They also find it difficult to mingle with their friends and family after coming out of their life in the rehab center.
It is then that they should join a halfway house for a complete transition. These houses help in the acclimatizing with the outside world. And this process should glide into the life of an addicts rather than trying it in a single go. Just as an addiction engulfs an addict slowly, the reverse process happens similarly. Being in the professional care even after being treated in a rehab is what the addict needs just before stepping out to win the world all over again.
In a halfway house the residents stay with other erstwhile addicts aiming at sobriety. Peer support works in a very effective way in not just staying sober but also in enhancing interpersonal skills. It also helps the addicts to socialize later on with their friends and colleagues when they get back to their normal life. With the help and support of the residents the addicts often find it easier to come over their addictive behavior and sustain a sober life.
Halfway houses are usually affordable, unlike many rehabilitation centers. These homes have the policy of zero tolerance for any substances that are used in addiction. All these are done to ensure a positive atmosphere. Some of them are run on non-profit basis, but there are a large majority of these houses that do not receive any government subsidies. Halfway houses are not usually acute detoxification centers, as patients need a different infrastructure and arrangement.
These sober houses are generally located in a quiet residential locality. They may be a duplex or a multi-unit structured complex. These houses usually have strict rules to be followed by the residents. The consequence of breaking these rules can vary depending upon the seriousness. No substance inducing addiction including after-shave lotions, cold medicines, mouth washes or certain food items can be possessed by the residents while their stay at the houses.
The houses arrange for certain programs that help you to get over your addiction, through prayers, counseling and private sessions with the professionals. The 12 step programs are based on scientific ways and usually fetch results if the resident really wants to get over their addiction. The residents are also supposed to earn their living while their stay in the houses, for which they need to be employed somewhere. This is a good way to keep them busy and building confidence. For those who have not been to a house before may be curious about it; but those who have gained positive results have actually discovered the enigma.