Requirements for Living in a Halfway House

A halfway house, also known as a sober living house, is a structured living environment specially geared towards helping men and women who are new to addiction recovery stay sober through what can be a particularly tumultuous time. Individuals will face a wide range of challenges during early sobriety. They will need to navigate relapse triggers and employ the relapse prevention skills they learned while inpatient treatment, they will need to begin resorting to healthy coping mechanisms when they experience uncomfortable emotions and they will be required to get a job and work towards financial independence (for what might be the first time).

Requirements to Enter Sober Living

Halfway houses – like Riverbend Residence – provide a structured environment and an increased level of accountability so that individuals can navigate these challenges unscathed and process them with a group of like-minded individuals.

It is important to recognize and understand that there is a wide range of requirements when it comes to living in a halfway house or sober living home. The most obvious, of course, is a desire to stay sober long-term. Sobriety is the main requirement when it comes to residing in Riverbend Residence or any other halfway house. Those who have a strong desire to stop drinking, drugging, and using mood and mind-altering substances all-together are typically welcome to move into a gender-specific halfway house so long as they can meet and maintain the other house requirements. What are these specific requirements, and do they ever vary on a house-to-house basis?

Requirements for Living in a Halfway House

Halfway House Requirements

Halfway houses are geared towards men and women who already have some level of sobriety and are looking for a continuation of clinical care and an increased level of accountability. The requirements that each halfway house enforces will be different depending on the house, but they will generally follow the same formula. Most halfway houses will have requirements like:

  • Residents must stay completely sober.
  • Residents must participate in daily chores, keeping their personal space and common spaces clean and tidy.
  • Residents must adhere to a strict curfew.
  • Residents must get along with one another and never resort to fighting, arguing, or violence.
  • Residents must respect one another and never steal or destroy one another’s property. For example, if a resident is found to have repeatedly used another resident’s shampoo, he or she must quickly replace it to avoid punishment (which might include an increase in chores or an earlier curfew).
  • Residents must interview for jobs until they find a job, and then maintain the job long-term and actively work towards complete financial independence.
  • Daily 12 step meeting attendance will always be mandatory.

How to Get Into Riverbend Residence

Riverbend Residence has a unique set of requirements – the most important, of course, is maintaining sobriety. If we suspect that one of our residents has been using mood or mind-altering substances we will conduct a drug test. If the drug test is positive for any chemical substance we will suggest that the individual returns to a higher level of clinical care and we will place them in a facility that suits their needs. We will never kick a resident out without a place to go or without a personalized recovery plan in place.

If you have recently completed inpatient treatment and are looking to enter into a reputable sober living home, look no further than Riverbend Residence. We have four gender-specific halfway houses geared towards serving men and women of all ages in Sussex County, New Jersey, and all surrounding areas. Give us a call today at (844) 505-3447 to take an in-person tour of one of our luxury-style facilities or to learn more about the specific requirements that we actively enforce.