Features of an Effective Halfway House

Transitioning from a treatment program to society is a vital phase in early recovery. With help from an effective halfway house, recovering individuals will have the support they need to construct a strong foundation for recovery. When choosing a sober living environment, look for halfway house programs that include the following requirements:

  1. Attendance at 12 step meetings daily – Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), etc.
  2. Mandatory on site halfway house meetings
  3. Obtaining an Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous sponsor within the first week
  4. You must find a home group
  5. Finding full time “recovery friendly” employment (No bars, clubs, or anywhere serving liquor) – until you find a job, you should be actively looking
  6. You must be up and have your bed made in the morning
  7. Compliance with daily halfway household chores and responsibilities (cleaning, cooking, laundry)
  8. Rent payments must be made once a week and any extra money should be held by Halfway House Manager
  9. Frequent contact with Halfway House Manager to discuss your program of recovery

An effective halfway house or sober living facility will enforce all of these rules and guidelines while providing a safe environment that promotes recovery and healthy living.
Following this criterion when looking for a halfway house, will lighten the burden of your search. With this kind of approach, you or your loved one can develop the foundation for a strong recovery with minimal chance for relapse.

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