Halfway House

A halfway house is a type of residential treatment. It is a home in the community for people who are recently recovering from a substance use disorder. A halfway house is both a place to live and an environment that supports recovery.

What happens at a halfway house?

The goal is to help you adjust to life back in the community. In the beginning of your recovery, it is helpful to have a structured living environment that is free of substances. You get help from the staff at the halfway house and build a support system with the other residents.

Staff usually includes the director of the program and at least one counselor. You live with other people who are recovering from substance use disorder. Most houses are for women or men only, so you do not live with people of the opposite sex. You might have your own room or share a room.

Living in a halfway house includes responsibilities, like:

  • Having a part-time job

  • Regularly attending mutual support groups

  • Going to individual and group therapy

  • Doing chores

  • Participating in group and community activities

  • Keeping up with your physical and mental health appointments as needed

How long do people live at a halfway house?

It varies depending on the program and the person, but the typical length of stay is 3 to 6 months.

How can you get halfway house services?

A halfway house is often the next step for people who have already completed a substance use disorder treatment program. You can no longer be using substances when you go to live at a halfway house. For more information, call us.