What is a Halfway House?


What is a Halfway House?

There is no single way to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Instead, the right rehab program is going to be one that is custom tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient. What this means is that it is going to be integral for you to explore a variety of different options until you find something that you feel completely comfortable with.


When you put time and effort into doing your homework, then that is when you can truly make the most informed and educated decisions about your substance abuse recovery. One of the options that it will be worthwhile for you to consider is what is known as a halfway house. Residency in a halfway house can be extremely beneficial as part of your recovery plan or program as long as it meets the specific needs that you have.

Halfway House

What is a Halfway House?

The original halfway houses were intended for individuals who had been incarcerated in prison for some length of time, and who needed help readjusting to the outside world upon release. The original halfway house situation essentially entailed giving a recently-released incarcerated individual a place to live and a place to work until they were capable of handling those things on their own.

Today there are halfway houses for a myriad of other purposes, including helping people who have just recently overcome a substance abuse problem and who need to ease into their regular lives a little more slowly in order to prevent shock and the potential for a relapse or reoccurrence of the addiction.

The most common use for a halfway house situation is when you have been in inpatient care for some time. Because your treatment program is going to last as long as you need it to, you could potentially be in rehab for a long time if your substance abuse problem is serious enough. As soon as you are addiction free, however, you are expected to rejoin your life without any potential of relapse, but how realistic is this?

left quoteThe truth is, something about your life drove you to addiction in the first place, and preventing that from happening again is not going to be a simple process.right quote


Enrolling yourself in a halfway house is designed to serve as a go between place between your sober life and your previous life so that you can get situated again in a more transitional manner.

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