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Halfway Houses

By Stacy Jackson, Addiction Treatment Specialist

For many reasons, one may choose to engage in alternative therapies not recognized by the WHO as being therapeutic in nature. Others may become susceptible to peer pressure or simple curiosity. Whatever the reason, illicit drug use affects a large population of people within the United States as well as the world as a whole. Unfortunately, drug addiction can lead to a number of criminal activities not to mention illegal drug use although over the last three decades, there have been many private, charitable, and governmental organizations designed to treat and rehabilitate those that are enslaved to addictive drugs. For those who want help and are willing to seek treatment, drug rehabilitation centers provide a great way for these individuals to get the care and attention he or she needs. However, when these same people are put back on the streets immediately after treatment, they are very susceptible to repeating the same behaviors. This is why halfway houses have become a very popular way to integrate the rehabilitated drug user back into society at a much slower rate than traditional programs. Halfway houses allow one to not only integrate him or herself back into society, but most halfway houses offer the structure and support a recovering addict needs in his or her life at that particular juncture. Whether the individual is addicted to alcohol, street drugs such as crystal meth, or even prescription drugs, halfway houses are a part of treatment everyone should consider upon leaving the rehabilitation facility.

Group Support

During drug rehabilitation, most patients learn the reasons why he or she became addicted to the particular substance in the first place. They also learn what behaviors contribute to addiction. There are many aspects to drug rehabilitation that are excellent and provide each patient with a number of therapies although many people find it hard once thrust back into society to apply these therapies and behaviors learned while in rehabilitation. This is where a halfway house seems to be the most useful. Halfway houses not only offer the patient, who may have been homeless or living in adverse conditions, a place to stay after treatment, but will also go the extra mile to help with a person's logistics after rehab. One of the first things a house may ask the new resident to do is find a support group outside of the house. This ensures that the patient will continue his or her therapy outside of the drug treatment center, which will make him or her less susceptible to returning to their previously deviant behaviors. Many halfway houses also have their own support groups within the house itself, although many want their residents to move outside of the home for continued support programs after leaving the halfway house. This not only allows the resident to immediately continue their out-patient treatment, but also gives them the ability to continue after leaving the halfway house, which is normally necessary.

Lifestyle Restructuring

After the boarder has found his or her support group, the management of the halfway house pushes for the person to find some type of employment. Many halfway houses are non-profit and managed by charitable organizations or religious groups. However, these same organizations must ensure their bills are paid as well as other aspects such as insurance, property taxes, and other expenses. For this reason, many halfway houses charge some form of rent to the person seeking board. This provides a two-fold process. First, the halfway house ensures that its boarders are not using the home as a place to "crash." Some individuals may think to use the house a place to stay while finding a way back into their previous habits. By enforcing rent, the boarder must find legal means to make money and afford their lifestyle. Most houses have some sort of way to validate employment by their boarders. For instance, a very popular way for a house to validate a boarder's employment is to have the employer come in and sign a form as well as giving public information concerning their business. Although some people claim this may discourage residents from seeking employment, it is one way of ensuring the proper placement of the halfway house residents in a job of legal means. Secondly, the resident will find a means to support his or her lifestyle once leaving the home.

Duties and Obligations

Most halfway houses incorporate some type of physical interaction for residents with their immediate environment. For instance, many halfway houses have rules put in place for their boarders to sign up for duties. Some houses may assign duties to their resdients instead of allowing residents to pick and choose. There are a few reasons for this. Most halfway houses do not incorporate cleaning services, cooks, or other paid employees with exception to a few counselors and a manager. For this reason, the general duties such as making meals, cleaning living areas, social areas, bathrooms, and other general household chores are assigned to the residents themselves. This creates a relatively low cost living arrangement provided by the halfway house, and in most cases is the only way the house could function with the amount of available funds set aside for its overhead. This, like finding employment, also helps instill a sense of responsibility and usefulness to the residents as well. During rehabilitation, many patients learn to free themselves from the chains of addiction, although he or she may not know how they will fit into society once they return. By having duties within a functional household, the residents regain the structure that he or she will need upon leaving the halfway house. Not only does the resident relearn these duties, but he or she will hopefully regain confidence in being able to live a normal functioning life outside of this support system.

Who Can Stay

Halfway houses rarely have any biases against what type of person can stay, although these types of houses are for offenders of drug statutes and not of violent or abusive crimes. Many individuals in halfway houses during the present are recovering from crystal methamphetamine addiction, which is one of the hardest drugs to kick. For this reason, many houses allow the residents to stay until they feel that they are ready to take on society without the help of an immediate support group. Crystal methamphetamine addiction encompasses a large part of drug addicts currently within the United States, and some halfway houses are specifically for those recovering from crystal meth addiction. This puts everyone in the house on the same level in that no one feels superior or inferior to others.

How to Find a Halfway House

For friends or relatives of someone in drug treatment or rehabilitation, there are many ways to find a house for that individual once he or she leaves the treatment center. The treatment center itself is a great place to start when looking for a halfway house for a loved one or friend. Halfway houses are a way to help friends and loved ones regain their ability to live a drug free and healthy life so one should not hesitate to inquire about this opportunity for their friends.

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