Man in plaid shirt glad to be at a halfway house after a bad day at work.Going to a halfway house may be one of the best decisions that you can make for your long-term recovery. Some people look at treatment as a cure for addiction, but it’s actually meant to create a foundation. A foundation is something that you build upon, and completing a program at a treatment facility is only a beginning. Treatment is preparing you for life without alcohol or drugs, but it’s always good to have additional support.

A halfway house provides you with safety, security, and support when you leave residential treatment to help you keep sobriety as you re-enter life. Many people make the mistake of returning home to a bad situation without the proper support. While in a halfway house, you can rest assured that you’ll have a support system around you. Whether you plan on going through additional treatment or returning to work or school, this is a great option.

Who Should Go to a Halfway House?

Staying sober is much more difficult than getting sober, which is why these types of homes exist. While in treatment, you’ll hopefully begin to see the root of your addiction and address where they came from. For most people, their environment and living situation are very powerful triggers. Typically, people move into a sober living home for some of the following reasons:

  • The cravings to drink or use are still very strong
  • Someone in the home is still drinking or using drugs.
  • The home environment is toxic due to physical or verbal altercations.
  • The people in the home are not supportive of recovery.

Believe it or not, many people have friends or family who do not understand addiction and support recovery. Many people return home after treatment and have a spouse or loved one discouraging him or her from going to meetings. There are also those who have loved ones in the home who offer the person a drink after treatment. Through working with your therapist, you’ll hopefully realize if returning home is a bad idea.

A Halfway House Will Keep You Accountable

Some people leaving treatment have strong cravings or are dishonest and need to be accountable for their recovery. In a sober living home, everyone in the house must remain sober in order to be a resident. In order to maintain this guideline, the sober living monitor may require regular or random drug tests. Knowing that you’re going to be drug tested regularly is a great way to keep yourself clean in early recovery.

Having Support at All Times at a Halfway House

Even if you have a supportive family, they aren’t the same as your support group who you find in recovery. The original 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous saw that people recovering from addiction connect differently. You have probably already seen this to be true when your loved ones don’t understand. You need people around you who will understand your thoughts, feelings, and cravings.

Being in this type of home gives you the support you need and people around you who legitimately care about you, have been where you’ve been. When you’re having a rough day, you’ll be able to return to a place filled with people who understand. Not only that, but you’ll also see how you’re able to support others who are struggling during rough days. One of the best ways to stay sober is to help another who is fighting to stay sober as well.

When you come to Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida, we’ll provide you with a wide range of resources. We can help you get into a halfway house as a way to strengthen your recovery after residential treatment. We want you to leave or transition to outpatient rehab with confidence that you can stay clean. Don’t hesitate to get started on a new way of life. Now is a good time to call 866-605-0532.