Is a Halfway House Right for You?
With all of the many housing options out there for those who are interested in either achieving sobriety or maintaining it, it can be confusing to know which one is right for you. Sober homes are one of the more widely known options; however, halfway homes are quite popular as well and are better suited for different kinds of people. Halfway homes are usually there for people who are either a recovering addict, a criminal or someone who is disabled. These people usually want to use their time in the house to learn the necessary skills to return to society. These skills are learned to help the person not only become a fully functioning member of society but also learn how to better take care of themselves. This kind of home is called a halfway home because of the way they are commonly set up, half the lifestyle there is very free-will and independent while the other half is a lot of strict rules such as having to maintain sobriety and attend a program to aid in maintaining being sober. These halfway houses are all different depending on a variety of factors, but the majority of them are similar across the board when it comes to a few characteristics.
General Rules in a Halfway House
The rules in a halfway house change from facility to facility. However, these are the more commonly seen rules that you can kind of expect to have to follow when choosing to live in this kind of home. These rules can be but are not always, you must stay sober, no fighting with other residents, no violence, must be in recovery, must have a job or must be looking for a job, you must do chores, and you must keep the house clean. These rules are not always going to be there for you to follow, but out of all of the rules we have seen these tend to be standard. These rules are usually not difficult to follow, and some are even rules you would follow in your own home such as chores. However, there are always some people who have a hard time following them through. Failure to follow these rules can result in a variety of consequences in these homes such as fines or dismissal from the house. To avoid being in these situations make sure you choose a halfway home with rules that you think you can follow.
How Much Does Living in a Halfway House Cost?
The prices of these homes vary depending on what area you are in and what your living situation is going to look like. The average cost of rent for living in a halfway home is usually $400 to $800 a month. Some facilities can be much cheaper, as low as $100 per month, and some can be much more expensive, $2,000+ a month. Similar to looking for an apartment, it’s important to note that a very low cost halfway home may mean that the conditions are not the nicest and they may not keep you on track to sobriety. This is exactly what you don’t want as maintaining a sober life is the goal here. This is not always the case for the very inexpensive homes. Regardless, you should do your research and tour the homes first before committing to anything.
If you are reading this and are considering if a halfway house is the best option for you then you should be proud of yourself for deciding to take that next step towards your goals. Achieving sobriety and maintaining sobriety are not always easy feats, but when you are doing it in an environment you trust and feel comfortable in it makes it much easier. The most important thing you can do to ensure you end up in the right home is to do plenty of research and take tours of the homes. This is a big decision to make and is one that is also entirely yours to make. It’s better to take your time and weigh the options rather than jump into a home you do not feel comfortable in; this process is all about you reaching your goals on your terms. If you end up deciding that a halfway home is not for you, give us a call or shoot us a text at (954) 248-1818 to learn more about sober homes as an option. We would be more than happy to give you more information.