Recovery housing helps ease a patient from the protective environment of rehab back in to real life.
It provides a place where all residents share the similar goal of maintaining sobriety while living in a family and community setting.
The Eastern part of the United states commonly calls this a halfway house. The Western part of the country uses the term sober living.
The term Halfway house is sometimes confused with the Department of Corrections program to ease released prisoners back in to society.
Generally they offer an affordable, structured and supportive place to live away from the bad influences of the past while developing a solid foundation in recovery.
Recovery housing may include the following:
- Going to a pre-determined number of meetings per week/month
- Housekeeping duties
- Random drug and alcohol testing
- Doing something productive during the day – working, volunteering, or attending classes
- Gender specific housing
These facilities generally have a resident manager. Many allow the residents who are progressing well to go home for the weekends.
Carefully read the rules and regulations and make sure you have a clear understanding of them. Residents are not considered tenants, and can face immediate eviction for violations.
Find a facility that provides recovery housing.