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.

Sober House History

Halfway House Michigan 1890

Halfway House Michigan 1890

While you may have heard the term “sober house” or “halfway house” in a variety of places, you probably don’t know the history of where they came from. Although today the term is correlated with recovery from substance abuse, the original meaning was much less specific. Sober house history tells us that the term “halfway house” was originally applied to traveler’s stops. The homes were “halfway” between the starting point and the destination. For example a halfway house in Illinois was a place for a person traveling to and from Chicago in the 1800s. Eventually, as this type of lodging became more common, the term “halfway house” fell out of use in favor of terms like “inn” or “motel.”

Halfway houses used for therapeutic purposes for the mentally ill were developed in the 1960’s as a transitional step between large psychiatric hospitals and a small family environment. You can see the development of ideas used in modern sober houses when you look at this part of sober house history. The purpose was to alleviate isolation, to help demystify some of societies ideas about mental illness, and to provide a functional environment without imprisonment so that the mentally ill could reintegrate into the community.

True sober house history, sober houses as we know them today, began in the 1970’s, as drug and alcohol addiction began to reach epidemic levels in the United States. Sober houses emerged as a transition between hospitals and the outside world. The objective of a sober house is to promote a social support system for those that are struggling with substance abuse.

In the 1980’s sober houses began to proliferate as more and more treatment protocols began to embrace a social treatment concept. It was thought that those who made the transitional step between hospitalization and the outside world had a better chance at long term sobriety. Sober house history varies widely as to the type of programs offered at the residence. Some include informal treatment, others include therapy, and many adopt a 12-step structure. Some programs focus on introducing the basic concepts of self-care (i.e., chores, exercise, and basic meal preparation) as well as developing financial responsibility.

Sober house history also includes housing criminals. Sometimes, a stay in a sober house is a required step in the transition between jail and living in an outside. Sober houses and halfway houses bridge the gap between living in a highly structured institution (jail, rehab, hospital) and living in the outside world.

Sober house history or halfway house history has come a long way but the term halfway house and sober living environment is almost strictly used now days to describe a place where men and women can go to complete their formal treatment and to remain sober. Sober living environments are now a common staple for those in recovery and can be found in different neighborhoods and areas all over the United States and world.

Spending a few months in a sober house can help a recovering alcoholic or drug addict gain the strength they need to re-enter society. Often, when a drug addict or alcoholic gets clean and sober, they have to change many things about themselves in order to maintain their sobriety. This could include changing jobs or eliminating relationships that are toxic. Sober housing provides a secure place to adjust to all these life changes.

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