What to Expect From a Halfway House

by Minhaz R. Writer

If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and feel that you don't belong in the real world anymore, then a halfway house might just be what you need. In some cases, people who are addicted can still function reasonably and contribute something to society while living at home. This is particularly important if you or your loved one has been through treatment. Even if you do not think that you will ever become an addict, a halfway house allows you to recover and function while still on your path to recovery. However, there are a few things that you should know about halfway houses before signing up.

While a halfway house isn't as strict as in patient rehab, it's not as lenient either. You still have to follow the rules of your halfway house to keep living there. Some require their residents to go through multiple drug tests and Breathalyzers every week. You may also find that some require their residents to do some chores to pay the house down.

Many halfway houses do require their residents to do chores in order to pay the house down. However, some of them may allow you to bring in your personal items and pay the taxes on them. Before signing up for any kind of sober living home, you should find out if the house allows you to bring in your personal belongings and how many of them. Some homes allow you to bring in your furniture, but most require you to store them in a storage facility elsewhere.

Alcohol and drug screenings are mandatory when you are living in a halfway house for people recovering from addictions. However, the alcohol and drug screens are random and the requirements change from one organization to another. Most offer some sort of drug screen, including random background checks. While living at a Halfway House for the treatment of alcoholism or drug addiction, you will be required to go through a drug screen regardless of whether you are found to be a risk to other residents.

One of the most important things to know before signing up for a Halfway House is what to expect in terms of aftercare. In general, you will need support after your first day or two at the halfway house. Most of these houses provide their residents with aftercare services that include helping you find a job as well as finding a housing unit after your stay.

Once you get to know your fellow Halfway House residents, you may find that you can form a support group. These are typically women who have also been through treatment and would like to share their experiences with others. You can also find other women like you in the waiting list. Others may even volunteer to act as your group leader. Regardless of who your support group is or what role you play, Halfway House can provide you with an environment where you can get the help you need to kick your addiction and get on with your life.

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Created on Jul 11th 2021 12:37. Viewed 288 times.


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