Once an individual has been physically stabilized in a medical detox facility and has completed an extended stay at an inpatient treatment facility, he or she will often transfer directly into a halfway house as part of a comprehensive aftercare program. Halfway houses were initially developed for men and women who were transitioning from jail or prison back to independent living. Over time, the meaning shifted, and halfway houses became places for newly sober men and women to continue bolstering their recovery as they made that same transition. Most reputable halfway houses are gender-specific (meaning they accommodate only men or only women) and they have a strict set of rules and guidelines in place to enforce accountability.
Outpatient Treatment and Halfway Houses
Outpatient rehab, or outpatient treatment, is the lowest level of continued clinical care available. Outpatient groups will typically meet between three and four times a week for between one and three hours. They will include one-on-one therapy sessions at least once a week, as well as daily group therapy sessions. In group therapy, clients will have the opportunity to discuss any recovery-related challenges that arise in their day-to-day lives.
They will offer one another peer support and further bolster healthy communication skills. There are many benefits to outpatient treatment, including the ability to further develop relapse prevention skills in a safe and supportive environment. In most cases, comprehensive aftercare programs combine an extended stay at a halfway house with outpatient rehab.
Requirements for Living in a Sober Home
Most halfway houses will require that their residents participate in some level of clinical care for the first few months that they reside in the house. This level of care is less intensive than inpatient treatment, of course. In most cases, residents will participate in intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment or outpatient (OP) treatment. Halfway houses will enforce other requirements as well, including (but not limited to) the following:
- A daily chore list – residents are required to keep common spaces and their personal space clean and tidy.
- Residents are required to actively search for a job, find a job, and keep a job. If this is not an option (for whatever reason), they will be asked to go to school full or part-time or volunteer regularly.
- No members of the opposite sex will be allowed on-premises.
- Residents will stick to a curfew, arriving home at a certain time every night and waking up by a certain time every morning.
- Residents will participate in a continuation of clinical/therapeutic care.
In short, not only can you attend outpatient rehab while you are living in a halfway house – in most cases doing so is mandatory.
Riverbend Residence – Gender-Specific Sober Living
Riverbend Residence provides gender-specific sober living options for men and women in need of a reputable transitional living environment. Not only are our halfway houses safe, but they provide residents with the opportunity to participate in an affiliated intensive outpatient or outpatient treatment program. In most cases, the residents will continue with the program of clinical care their inpatient treatment center provided. However, not all of our residents attended inpatient treatment before moving into our New Jersey sober living homes.
Those who are experiencing a mild case of substance abuse and simply require a greater level of accountability may not have undergone detox and residential treatment beforehand. If this is the case, we gladly provide a list of effective outpatient treatment services in Sussex County, New Jersey. To learn more, or to take an in-person tour, simply give us a call today at (844) 505-3447 for more information.