Halfway houses are similar to sober living homes. It is a transitional care facility to help addicts prepare for going back out into the real world. After going through a medical detox either in an inpatient or outpatient treatment center, a lot of people either aren’t comfortable going right back out to normalcy or don’t have any place to go. Halfway houses will help addicts transition and get back on their feet.
In halfway houses, individuals can come and go as they please, but they do have to adhere to a curfew and 12-step meetings are usually a requirement. However, attending meetings allows the addict to meet others that are also trying to achieve recovery and grow their support system.
The National Institute of Health has put together information on sober living homes and halfway houses:
Sober living homes are alcohol and drug-free living environments for individuals attempting to maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs. They offer no formal treatment but either mandate or strongly encourage attendance at 12-step groups. SLH’s have been important resources for individuals completing residential treatment, attending outpatient programs, leaving incarceration, or seeking alternatives to formal treatment. Because they do not offer formal treatment services, they are not monitored by state licensing agencies. However, many sober living homes are members of SLH coalitions or associations that monitor health, safety, quality, and adherence to a social model philosophy of recovery that emphasizes 12-step group involvement and peer support. (NIH)
Sober living homes and halfway houses are generally the same and provide transitional care for addicts, but halfway houses are usually state-funded or sponsored.
Are There Co-Ed Halfway Houses Available?
There are both single-gendered and co-ed sober living homes out there, and there are benefits to each. Some of the benefits of going to a co-ed sober living facility can be:
You can learn how to communicate successfully with both genders
You can get different perspectives on situations
You can develop companionship or a “sibling”
Learn how to stay focused on recovery despite the temptation to develop a relationship
It is important to know that romantic relationships are usually never allowed in rehab or sober living homes. An individual is supposed to abstain from any romantic relationship until they’ve got at least a year of sobriety under their belt.
Co-ed sober living houses allow recovering men and women to develop relationships across gender lines in a healthy and productive way. When a person is in recovery, having a big support system and people that you can go to (from both genders) when you need to talk helps. Sometimes just having a different perspective on things you are going through can be very beneficial and therapeutic; it helps you grow as a person. Also, when trying to process past relationships with friends and family and dealing with ongoing issues in recovery, being able to interact with both genders can help a person grow therapeutically.
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