What is a Halfway House?

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

What is a Halfway House?

The key to staying sober, especially in early recovery, is having a very strong support system to help you. One of the best ways to do this is to enter a halfway house with other men or women who are staying sober as well. This is a valuable option for anyone transitioning from the inpatient to outpatient setting. It can also be extremely beneficial after your treatment is over so you have a safe place to live.

Why go to a Halfway House?

Halfway houses, also known as sober living homes, are homes that help people in recovery. You may be wondering why people move into these types of homes or if they’re a good option for you. The reality is that many people aren’t ready to fully transition back into a standard life in early recovery. Believe it or not, your environment may have contained some of the biggest triggers that fueled your addiction.

Some reasons you may consider a sober home include:

  • Someone in your home drinks or uses drugs
  • You have a bad relationship with someone in the home
  • You’re still experiencing intense cravings
  • Your friends drink or use drugs

Being in the sober home provides you with a safe place to come home to at the end of each day where you don’t have to worry. Having the accountability of the sober home also gives you additional motivation to continue staying sober. Studies show that each week that you stay sober significantly increases your chances of long-term recovery. If you’re able to accomplish this by staying in a home that will regularly drug test you, you’ll have a great chance of continuing recovery.

Transitioning to a Halfway House

Inpatient treatment is one of the highest levels of care. It’s often a necessary part of early treatment because you may not be able to trust yourself right away. By having a daily schedule that’s all about recovery from addiction, you have the time to focus on yourself. There comes a point where it’s time to leave this facility, but transitioning is much better for your recovery. Going from inpatient addiction treatment straight back to your old living situation can be overwhelming and triggering.

Benefits of Transitioning to a Lower Level of Care

Simple activities like going to the grocery store and walking past the liquor aisle can spark intense cravings when you first return home. Being in a sober living home not only gives you somewhere to go to talk about these types of cravings but allows you to bring someone with you. There’s a sense of comfort in knowing that after a difficult day in recovery, you’ll have people there who understand.

1st Step Behavioral Health offers alcohol and drug treatment programs to help you get your life back. In an effort to support your recovery, we’ll provide you with options for sober homes. Find out more about our long-term recovery programs by calling us today at (866) 319-6126.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.