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Halfway Houses, Sober Living Homes, and Addiction Recovery Residences

Once called a halfway house, a sober home or recovery residence is a place where persons with substance abuse issues can begin to reintegrate into society while continuing to receive monitoring and support. Sober homes can be instrumental in helping one maintain sobriety after completion of drug/alcohol treatment. In some cases, it is not possible for an alcoholic to go back to their same living environment.Although television reality-shows that feature ordinary people and celebrities paint a convincing argument that sober houses do work, many find themselves at a standstill when it comes to deciding on whether or not to enter a sober living facility. After treatment, most patients are anxious to return home — and they are missed by family. The “treatment” was the cure. Or was it?

Let us carefully examine our options when the 30-day treatment has come to an end. John (or Jane) Doe leaves the treatment facility after day 30. He or she is armed with the 12-Steps and has a physically clean and sober body. Contact with a therapist has been made and follow up visits are scheduled. Local AA groups at home have been scouted out and meeting dates are on the calendar. Even the family is attending Al-Anon. We say, “I love this person and he or she loves me. We are determined to make a fresh new start and make it work. It will work this time.” This type of clarity and determination is commendable. For most however, treatment simply takes more time. Why? Because alcohol and drug use creates patterns or lifestyle habits. Sober homes, recovery residences, or extended care facilities are often where old patterns are truly broken and new ones are made. Recovery homes are typically individually owned by someone who is also in recovery from addiction, and residents of such homes are generally working to make positive changes, clean and sober. Developing good lifestyle habits before going back home can make you stronger in your recovery – a person who is far more capable of attending to the daily needs of life as well as being wholly and emotionally available to your loved ones down the road. If you are committed to starting a new life from the ground up, you must be willing to change things about your previous life when you were addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs. This could include changing jobs, friends and working on relationships with loved ones. Sobriety can also include taking on new hobbies, sports, or interests.

La Hacienda Treatment Center strongly recommends that you fully research each recovery residence you are considering. Since understanding each facility’s living rules and rights is important to your comfort and success, we can also provide you with a list of questions that might be helpful to ask while searching for the right place for you. In your search, be certain to investigate quality assurance standards for any sober home you are considering. You may find it helpful to utilize organizations such as the National Association of Recovery Residences, an organization with state chapters that promotes a “recovery-oriented continuum of care” by employing certification requirements for affiliated recovery homes. In Texas, sober houses can be found in Austin, Kerrville, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio as well as in other smaller cities.