What Does Living in a Halfway House Look Like?
A halfway house is a sober living environment, one specially designed for men or women who recently completed an addiction treatment program and are looking for a safe and structured environment in which to continue along in their recovery journeys. Because of their portrayal in mainstream media – television shows, movies, books, and the like – many mistakenly believe that the term “halfway house” refers to a dingy living situation for recently released convicts and other shady characters. On the contrary, halfway houses are generally pristine and safe and inhabited by men or women who are dedicated to continuing in sobriety.
The Reality of Life in a Sober Home
Still, you might be wondering exactly what living in a halfway house looks like on a day-to-day basis. We have broken down a “day in the life” of a typical Riverbend Residence resident, allowing you unique insight and a more detailed and comprehensive look. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us at any point in time – we are happy to fill you in however we possibly can.
What Does Living in a Halfway House Look Like? A Day in the Life
We’ve put together an example schedule of a day in the life of a halfway house resident. This is not universal and varies per sober home. Also, if you are employed or going to school, then your schedule is flexible and accommodating for these positive steps you are taking in your sober life.
7AM – 8AM: You wake up and participate in your morning routine, regardless of what this might look like. You might lay in bed for 20 minutes and read an excerpt from a Daily Meditation book, or shower and make yourself breakfast, or drive to your favorite coffee shop for a latte and return to the residence before the morning group meeting takes place.
8AM: The morning group meeting begins, and all residents are required to attend. Everyone sits in a circle and reads an excerpt from a Daily Meditation book before commenting on the excerpt, or about any other recovery-related challenges they are facing (or recovery-related successes they have experienced). This is a time to check-in and offers peer support.
9AM daily chores: All residents are required to participate in daily chores, which alternate every week. These chores could include things like sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor, unloading, loading, and running the dishwasher or sweeping the outside patio. The goal is to instill our residents with a sense of pride that goes hand-in-hand with a clean living space.
10AM: The resident heads to his or her full-time job, where he or she will remain until the workday comes to a close at 5 pm.
5:30PM: The resident attends a 12 step meeting after work, where he or she gets a sheet signed to prove attendance.
7PM: After the meeting, the resident grabs a bite to eat with friends and returns home before his or her 10 pm curfew.
As you can see, halfway house living is pretty low-key – regular living is interwoven with recovery-related activities and a little bit of added structure and support. Halfway houses offer residents a wide range of benefits, including built-in peer support, the invaluable insight of support staff members, increased levels of accountability, and a focus on the continued development of essential life and relapse prevention skills.
Riverbend Residence – Gender-Specific Sober Living
Riverbend Residence offers men and women in Sussex County, New Jersey, and all surrounding areas the opportunity to continue healing in a safe and supportive environment, surrounded by like-minded individuals. If you have recently completed a higher level of clinical care and you are looking to continue along the path to long-term sobriety, give Riverbend Residence a call. We are more than happy to set up a tour of our facility and answer any additional questions you might have, either about what it looks like to live in a halfway house or about sober living in general.