How Do Halfway Houses Operate?

What is a halfway house? “Halfway house” is a term commonly used for a transitional living residence of any kind. The term can refer to a mental health facility, a home for men and women who were recently released from a correctional facility or a sober living housing situation for men and women who are new to addiction recovery. In most cases, the term will refer to a sober living house. In this sense, a halfway house is a structured living environment that allows individuals who recently completed inpatient treatment the opportunity to slowly transition back to fully independent living. They will abide by a strictly enforced set of guidelines, and they will have access to on-site support staff members should they need any additional recovery-related support.

How Do Halfway Houses Operate?

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Every well-rounded recovery program will consist of three predominant phases: medical detox, inpatient treatment, and aftercare. Halfway houses are generally considered a major part of the aftercare (third and final) phase of clinical treatment. However, while it is uncommon for an individual who has been suffering at the hands of a substance abuse disorder to enter into a halfway house without first completing medical detox and residential treatment, this is not entirely unheard of.

At Riverbend Residence, we offer safe and structured housing to those who have completed the two other phases of clinical care and to those who are suffering from a very mild substance abuse disorder and simply need some additional structure and support. However, if one of our residents has not previously completed treatment we will strictly enforce their involvement in an intensive outpatient or outpatient treatment program.

How Do Sober Living Homes Operate?

So how does a halfway housework? First of all, it is important to note that while residents will have a higher level of personal freedom than they would in inpatient treatment, they will still be held accountable for their actions. Above all else, they will be expected to stay completely sober – abstinent from all mood and mind-altering substances. If they cannot uphold this requirement, they will be abruptly transferred back into a level of clinical care that allows them less personal freedom.

The way halfway houses operate is generally very simple and straightforward. Residents will generally share a room with another man or woman who is also new to recovery. At Riverbend Residence, we offer semi-private and private rooms. The house rules that residents are expected to consistently abide by will never be outlandish – they will all be geared towards relapse prevention and the development of important life skills. Some of the standards that residents are held to include:

  • Keeping up with daily house chores and personal chores.
  • Keeping common spaces clean and tidy.
  • Waking up by a certain time every morning and going to bed by a certain time every evening.
  • Either finding and maintaining a job, going to school full or part-time, or engaging in regular volunteer work.
  • Staying completely clean and sober.
  • Treating other residents and support staff members with respect.
  • Attending an IOP or OP program based on unique, personal needs.
  • Continuing with psychiatric appointments if dual diagnosis issues are a factor.

These guidelines are meant to continue building accountability while helping residents become productive members of society.

Riverbend Residence

At Riverbend Residence, we offer four gender-specific halfway houses in the heart of Sussex County, New Jersey. We hold our residents to the same standards to which we hold our support staff – we believe that when done correctly, sober living should always be the very last clinical step on the road to lifelong addiction recovery. If you have any additional questions or if you would like to set up an in-person tour, please feel free to give us a call at (844) 505-3447 at any time for New Jersey sober living placement.