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  1. What’s a Halfway House?

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    What’s a Halfway House?Having a support network of friends, family, therapists and other caring individuals is endlessly helpful for avoiding relapse, but they can’t always be there for you—unless you’re residing in a halfway house. Residents in group homes are encouraged to interact with their staff and peers in productive ways. They learn, they work, and they grow. These “sober homes” are used by various youth-related public welfare agencies—juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health—to ensure, 100 percent, that recovering youth make it through their first few months of recovery.

    Who attends them?

    Each sober home typically serves 5 to 15 clients, some of whom are court-ordered to be there.

    There are a variety of reasons why a young person may be placed in one of these facilities: behavioral problems, emotional issues, drug abuse, and consistent trouble with the law… lots of overlap. In addition to group therapy sessions, sober houses employ specially-trained staff to assist residents individually with emotional and behavioral challenges. At some facilities, the staff are residents as well.

    What do they do?

    Most group homes fall under the category of residential group care. However, they are different from traditional treatment centers, most of which include elements of a group home. Compared to rehab clinics and juvenile detention centers, youth halfway houses are less restrictive. They are staff-secured rather than locked, and there are far less restraints on how the residents can interact with the outside world. Facilities which do not provide their own academic instruction—some do—will allow youth to continue attending public school throughout their stay. This leniency serves not as an alternative to traditional treatment, but as the next step. The mentality: you’re halfway there.

    Why use them?

    As with all aftercare services, youth halfway houses depend on the motivation of the client to work effectively. You might assume that a motivated person, who just finished rehab, doesn’t need any more supervision—but that’s not always the case. Cravings, peer pressure, stress, and other relapse-triggers occur unexpectedly. Picture a trapeze artist swinging from bar to bar: they are talented enough not to miss and fall to the ground, but just in case, there’s a safety net below.

  2. Transitional Living for Addiction Recovery

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    Transitional Living for Addiction RecoveryThe classic model of inpatient residential treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism provides at least twenty-eight days of therapy, counseling and education. Prior to the regular thirty day program commonly called “rehab” is the detox process which can last up to three weeks. In the case of addiction in adolescents and young adults, four weeks may not be enough time to establish the necessary foundation for building a life of recovery upon.

    Transitional Living for Addiction Recovery

    Transitional facilities provide a less rigid environment than structured inpatient programs. However, they offer enough structure to prevent young people recovering from addiction from flailing.  Most recovering young adult addicts who elect to reside in a transitional facility will stay there for three to twelve months. They will continue to develop and grow into their new sober lifestyles while receiving encouragement and support from peers their own age. Recovering addicts often need time to adjust to the newfound freedom and responsibility that comes with a sober lifestyle, and transitional facilities provide the platform for that adjustment. Therapy, group therapy, and life skills training are core components of these programs. Most importantly, adolescent and young adult focused transitional living incorporates a lot of fun. Finding fun in life again without drugs and alcohol as a young person can feel hopeless. Transitional living helps young adults learn how to fully live their lives in ways they never knew possible.

    The ultimate success of a transitional facility is its ability to provide an ongoing support community for recovering addicts. Schooling, local twelve step programs, and communities focused on young people’s recovery are parts of a new social support system.  Strong group support during the vulnerable 18 month timeframe of early recovery has been shown to significantly reduce relapse incidents, as well as ongoing legal and homelessness problems that are associated with heavy drug use.


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