Can You Go to Outpatient Rehab While in a Halfway House?

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.

Can You Go to Outpatient Rehab While in a Halfway House?

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.

Can You Move into a Sober Home Without Going to Rehab?

Addiction is a very individualized disease, and no two cases will be identical. Both causes and symptoms will vary on a person-to-person basis, and because of this, no two treatment programs will be exactly alike. Some cases of addiction will be very mild and will be easily resolved because they are predominantly situational. For example, a middle-aged woman might take up heavy drinking after a particularly messy divorce. She might drink half a bottle of wine every night to help her fall asleep. This would be considered a mild case of alcohol abuse – the woman is not suffering severe interpersonal consequences, and her life is not in immediate danger.

However, she is using a chemical substance to self-medicate uncomfortable feelings rather than effectively working through them. A more severe case of substance abuse might look like a 24-year old who began abusing prescription painkillers at age 17 and eventually moved onto heroin. Since beginning daily intravenous drug use, he has been living on the streets and stealing from local stores to get by. In a case like this, a full program of recovery will be necessary. As far as the divorcee is concerned, a long-term stay at a sober living home could be enough to successfully pull her from the grips of addiction. Each unique situation will require individualized care and attention.

Can You Move into a Sober Home Without Going to Rehab?

Sober Living and Drug Rehab

In most cases, sober living housing will act as the final phase of a comprehensive treatment plan, which will begin with medical detox, then transition into inpatient – or residential – treatment. Sober living provides those who are new to sobriety with the opportunity to receive additional clinical care in a structured environment as they slowly transition back into fully independent living. Many people relapse after leaving rehab when they don’t have the structure and support of a transitional living facility.

However, sober living housing does not always need to act as part of a multi-phased approach to treatment. In some cases, you can go to sober living without first going to rehab. Below are several examples of cases in which this set up would be beneficial:

  • If, as previously mentioned, the addictive disorder is mild and not life-threatening.
  • If the addictive disorder is mild or moderate, but the individual has a high-powered position (career) that cannot be stepped away from for any length of time.
  • If the individual has a mild or moderate addictive disorder and is involved in an intensive outpatient program (IOP) as well.
  • If the individual faces financial hardships that disallow him or her from entering treatment.

It is important to note that unless the addictive disorder in question is mild and can be easily treated with a less-intensive level of care, inpatient rehab will be necessary. Most men and women who struggle with drug abuse or addiction will require a long-term, multi-phased continuum of care.

Riverbend Residence – New Jersey Sober Living

At Riverbend Residences, we take each unique case into careful consideration. While our residents don’t need to complete inpatient rehab before committing to sober living, we do strongly recommend it. But we also understand that not everyone who needs treatment will fit the same mold. If you have either recently completed inpatient drug rehab and need the next appropriate level of care, or if you have a unique set of circumstances that will allow you to enter into sober living housing without first going to rehab, Riverbend Residence has got you covered.

We are one of New Jersey’s premier sober living residences, and we provide a set of unmatched amenities as well as gender-specific housing situations. To learn more or to take an in-person tour of our facilities, please give us a call today at (844) 505-3447 for more information on reputable transitional living housing.