After you’ve gone through a medical detox and completed some form of rehabilitation (commonly an inpatient or outpatient program), you’re ready for the next phase of recovery.

At this point in your recovery journey, people are typically in one of two positions: either they are confident in the idea of returning to fully independent living and are ready to do so, or the thought of returning to independent living overwhelms, even worries, them.

If it’s the latter, you are not alone in feeling that way; you also are not going to be left to transition to your new life alone. Most likely, your primary physician will recommend you join a halfway house to ease the transition from rehabilitation to independent living.

In this article, we’re going to give you an overview of what halfway houses are and if they’re right for you in recovery.

What exactly is a halfway house?

A halfway house is a sometimes necessary phase in someone’s treatment process and can even be the make-or-break aspect in their recovery.

A halfway house — sometimes also called recovery housing — is a professionally supervised living facility for those who are recovering from substance abuse or addiction. These homes are typically designed for those who are needing or wanting additional assistance as they transition into their new sober lifestyle.

People in a halfway house have typically already undergone a medical detox and have recuperated from the immediate physical withdrawals; typically you have to have completed some form of rehabilitation before entering a halfway house, as they are not equipped to support those who are actively addicted.

People in a halfway house are steadily moving along in the recovery process, but are not quite ready to live in a completely unsupervised environment. A halfway house provides them with a level of structure and stability that not only promotes sobriety, but teaches them a wide variety of healthy lifestyle habits that they can carry with them into independent living.

Benefits of a halfway house

There are countless benefits to halfway housing, such as the fact they provide a stable, supportive environment to grow in, both peer and professional support and access to any additional medical treatments you might require.

Some additional benefits of joining a halfway house include:

  • Offers peer support, such as a support group or a 12-step program
  • Prepares you for future education or employment
  • Assists you in lining up independent housing
  • Prevents falling into homelessness for some people
  • Fosters uplifting, healthy relationships both in and out of the home
  • Helps you develop independence, responsibility and accountability

If, after completing your rehabilitation, you still believe you need some form of external guidance or structure, a halfway house might be exactly what you’re looking for.

How to know if a halfway house is right for you

Halfway housing has increasingly gained traction in recent years, being especially recognized for its unique ability to provide order and stability while also allowing you to maintain some level of independence. But how do you know if enrolling in a halfway house is right for you?

You might feel opposed to it outright, or you might feel intrigued by the idea, either way, here are some questions you can ask yourself when trying to decide if a halfway house is the appropriate next step for your recovery journey.

Do you feel confident and comfortable transitioning to fully independent living on your own? If even just thinking about restarting your life stresses you out, you might benefit from the support and accountability that comes with being in halfway housing.

Do you believe you have enough tools and resources to rebuild your new sober lifestyle? If you feel that you don’t even know where to begin, learning from like-minded housemates might help.

Do you need assistance finding new employment or finding a new independent home? If you’ve been out of the workforce for a while, or your previous living situation is no longer available (or going back would not help your recovery), a halfway house may be right for you.

Reach out for additional support

If the thought of returning to an independent lifestyle overwhelms you, or you don’t yet fully trust yourself to maintain sobriety, a halfway house might be the perfect solution for you. 

Our team here at Real Recovery Sober Living is here to answer any questions you might have, as well as guide you through the enrollment process if you decide a halfway house is right for you. 

You’ve got a bright future ahead of you, and we’re here to support you so you get it.

Send us a message today or call our office directly at 855-363-7325 to get started.