Half way house

Half way house

Half way houses essentially are transitional living spaces for anyone who is in recovery from drugs and alcohol. You may also know half way houses as sober living or sober living houses, this is because in some states it is legally required that those terms be used. The people who go to half way houses usually go after they have been in drug treatment, prison, or have been homeless. Other people go to half way houses merely because they want to be in a sober environment to begin their recovery. There also some people who are court ordered to half way houses.

Half way houses can be private homes, apartments, or facilities specially built to provide support services to residents. Half way houses are not usually run down or scary. Depending on the location and type of half way house, they are fairly nice. Half way houses are usually decorated, come with all the furniture, amenities, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms that can hold one or two residents, pools, backyards and more. The half way house is not only a place for people to get sober but also a place for having fun sober and socializing.

For instance, in a half way house there are rules dealing with curfew, how many meetings a resident has to attend, whether or not a resident has to have a sponsor and during what times they can be in the house. Most half way houses are trying to help you get sober and also get your life back on track. So some half way houses have rules that say you must be out looking for a job, volunteering or working-if you aren’t doing those things than you can’t stay there. When it comes to curfew at a half way house it usually starts out fairly early and after a resident has been there for a while and successfully followed the rules, gets later. There are also chores that must be done daily and punishments for not doing them. The whole point of a half way house is to teach accountability, responsibility and sobriety. The strictness of the rules at a half way house varies from house to house.

More often than not half way houses require their future residents to pass a breathalyzer and a drug test. This is because if you were to have substances in your body, you may need the help of a medical facility for detox. The withdrawal symptoms from drugs can be very painful and sometimes fatal so it is best if future residents can’t pass a drug test or breathalyzer to go to a medical detox.     

Half way houses are quite frequently run by people who are also in recovery and were in a half way house at one point in their life. Half way houses usually are separated by gender. This means that most half way houses are either for only women or only men. The person who runs the half way house determines this. The person who runs the halfway house also determines some of the half way house rules.

A half way house merely is a residential place for those who need a safe place to transition back into the world again and to do it sober.

If you need help with your addiction please call us at 800-507-7389.

Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing

Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing

Halfway houses are also called recovery houses. They allow recovering addicts to begin reintegrating with society while receiving support and monitoring. Recovering addicts who live in halfway houses are at a reduced risk of relapse compared to recovering addicts who go directly from a treatment program back into society. The average stay at a halfway house ranges from one to six months, and behavioral health insurance typically covers all or a portion of the cost of the stay. People living in halfway housing generally must be able to support themselves, pay their rent, and purchase their own food. They are usually required to work or must be actively seeking work. All residents must attend a minimum number of 12-step meetings each week, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous. Rent ranges from $250 to $1,450 per month, with the average ranging from about $450 to $750 per month. No security deposit is required, no first and last months’ rent are required, and no credit checks are performed. Utilities are included in the cost of rent and most homes allow residents to pay their rent on a weekly basis.

There is not a lot of government aid for people living in halfway housing. Residents of halfway houses are technically considered to be homeless and as such are eligible for much of the same programs as homeless populations.

Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing: Rental Assistance

Depending on the state and even the community within which people living in halfway housing reside, there are programs for rental assistance and other supportive services to homeless substance abusers and individuals with disabilities. These services are provided to their family members as well.

Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing: Food Assistance

People living in halfway housing are eligible for food stamp programs. Nowadays called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), it is a federal nutrition program that helps you stretch your food budget and buy healthy food. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets and co-op food programs.


Government Aid for People Living in Halfway Housing: Health Insurance

For some people living in halfway houses, there is access to the federal health insurance program, Medicaid. Many people are getting back on their own two feet and so they are likely income eligible for Medicaid.


Although there is not much in the way of government aid for people living in halfway housing, the programs that are available make a big difference in the lives of recovering alcoholics and addicts because they lessen the financial burden of putting their lives back together. With help to pay for groceries and free healthcare, the alcoholic/addict is more likely to be able to afford their rent at the halfway house. Many of those in recovery have never even had to support themselves and so it is a learning experience in how to be a productive member of society. The halfway house supports alcoholics and addicts in their recovery program by establishing structure and providing a safe living environment. It is up to the people living in halfway housing to learn how to provide for themselves financially. And the government programs listed above can help them to do so.

If you need help with your addiction please call us at 800-507-7389.

Common excuses for leaving a sober house

leaving a sober house

Excuses for wanting to leave sober living

I’ve heard a lot of excuses for wanting to leave sober living over the past year and a half. Let’s face it, sober living kind of sucks sometimes. You have to abide by rules, you have to get along with your roommates, and you have to keep things clean. Break any rules, and you’re on early curfew. It’s like living with your parents again, except your halfway house manager isn’t so easy to manipulate.

However, sober living is really important. It provides structure and can be an essential interim step between treatment and the real world. It can also provide a sober support system which is crucial to early sobriety. A lot of times, when someone makes excuses for wanting to leave sober living, it means they are not ready to leave.

Excuses for wanting to leave sober living: Costs too much

This is one of the excuses for wanting to leave sober living that I hear the most often. Many sober living homes cost more than renting a room in an apartment or a house. Sober living residences have to pay employees to enforce rules, give drug tests, and monitor the people that live there. However, in my experience, there is always a way to pay for a sober house if you want to. Firstly, almost all sober living houses require you to have a job, and I’ve seen even people making minimum wage pay for sober living. Secondly, some sober living houses will let you pay on a sliding scale or are able to take health insurance. Finally, if you are living in a sober house, you usually qualify for some sort of federal financial aid. Always remember, your recovery comes first, so staying in sober living should be your highest financial priority.

Excuses for wanting to leave sober living: Rules are too strict

When someone gives me these excuses for wanting to leave sober living, I automatically think that they are probably not ready to leave. Sober living is about learning to live with others and acceptance of house rules. It may be hard to see sometimes, but the rules are there to serve you and keep you sober.  Usually, when someone complains about the rules, it means they are not doing what they should be doing and they are headed down a dangerous path.

Excuses for wanting to leave sober living: My roommates are relapsing

If your roommates are relapsing, you should tell your house manager. Relapsing residents put everyone else in danger. If your house manager does not do anything about it, and this is common in your sober living environment, you may want to find a new sober living environment. However, this is not an excuse to leave sober living all together. Also, keep in mind that in the real world, you will be around people that are using drugs and/or drinking at some point.  If you have a strong program of recovery, you can stay sober no matter what the people around you are doing.

If you need help with your addiction please call us at 800-507-7389.

Paying for Sober Living

There are a few ways you could end up paying for sober living, although it could take some “thoughts outside the box” to come up with a plan. Most of us who have been to drug and alcohol rehab before attending sober living have already spent a large sum of money. The living costs of sober living may seem like an overwhelming expense. That’s why we are here to offer some options for paying for sober living.

Paying for sober living with health insurance

Most health insurances will not end up paying for sober living. Health insurances require that a doctor classify sober living as a medical necessity which is not the case like drug and alcohol rehab. However there are some insurance policies that may cover part of the costs or the entire cost of sober living. If your health insurance will do this they may only pay for sober living up to a certain amount of time. Certain health insurances will cover the costs of aftercare and extended care as part of the treatment for your drug addiction although this doesn’t mean they will cover the costs of sober living. If you really want to know if your health insurance will end up paying for sober living then call your insurance agent or HR representative for the specifics when it comes to paying for sober living.

Paying for sober living through your drug and alcohol rehab

Many sober living facilities are connected with drug and alcohol rehabs. This means that the drug and alcohol rehabs may work with you to help you end up paying for sober living. Some drug and alcohol rehabs will come up with a payment plan so you can pay for sober living. Financing could be an option for those with lower to moderate incomes. Paying for sober living through your drug and alcohol rehab may also allow you to have sliding scale payments based on what you can afford or even scholarships. If you call the sober living house that you want to attend you can find out what their options are.

Paying for sober living through any outside resources

Most likely if you have decided you want to go to a sober living home; you have already spent almost everything you have. The costs of your addiction, medical needs, legal fees and drug and alcohol rehab may have run you dry. Sometimes it can be really hard to find outside resources to end up paying for sober living. Here are a few ideas that you can improve upon or use to help you pay for sober living:

  • Sell some of your assets
  • Tap into your savings
  • Borrow money from friends and family
  • Apply at nonprofit organizations for scholarships and assistance
  • Take out a personal, medical, or hardship loan

If you are looking into paying for sober living you can always find a way. Some sober living homes may even let you move in for free and begin paying them once you have a steady income. If you are looking to pay for sober living these are just some starting points. Always ask for help and always look into all your options for paying for sober living.

If you need help with your addiction please call us at 800-507-7389.