In South Africa, the term halfway house and sober living home are quite often used interchangeably. Therefore, both terms are used to refer to and describe the same addiction rehabilitation facility

Transitioning from Treatment to Independent Sober Living

The road to recovery is a long one that extends beyond treatment and rehab centres. Sober living requires continuous effort and support to maintain it for recovering addicts, and it’s not recommended to pursue it alone. To transition from treatment to independent sober living, it’s necessary to stay in a Halfway House after spending time in a drug rehabilitation centre. Many addicts seek out the support and security of halfway houses after their time in drug rehabilitation centres to maintain their support structure and accountability.

What is a Halfway House?

A halfway house by its most basic definition is a residence where people go after recently completing treatment at a drug rehabilitation centre. These homes can be found in quiet residential areas, and look just like any other family home in the peaceful, quiet suburbs. These homes can have families living in them, but can also be the residence for live-in counsellors, therapists and coaches. Halfway houses can offer private or shared rooms, and those living there can enjoy common areas such as the living room, kitchen and entertainment area.

There typically isn’t a limit to how long one must stay at a Halfway House, and while some may require you to sign a lease, others allow you to leave whenever you feel ready. Some can stay for only a few months while others can leave after a year of recovery.

Halfway Houses and Recovery

Halfway Houses allow for sober living that is halfway between the strictly monitored and restricted environment of the rehab centre and the total freedom of independent sober living. Halfway Houses offer support from caring, supportive staff and fellow recovering addicts. It’s an environment free from triggers and temptations that can plague your recovery efforts, and the network of staff and recovering addicts can encourage and uplift you through the struggles that would otherwise send many to relapsing.

Those living in a Halfway House have enough freedom to seek out employment, and there are curfews and strict rules in place to ensure sobriety and functionality of the house. All residence will have chores assigned to them on a daily or weekly basis to encourage routines and keep the house clean, which is essential on the road to recovery. Residents will often be required to attend Recovery Meetings, and will frequently be subject to random drug tests. This is to monitor a resident’s recovery and provide much-needed structure and accountability.

Halfway Houses and Sober Living

It’s not all work and rules, however. Halfway Houses often have programs to show their residents that sober living can be fun, and residents can invite friends and family to attend functions and events. Some Halfway Houses also offer classes to teach residents essential life skills, from cooking, making diet plans, to making a budget.

These classes and programs teach recovering addicts valuable skills and gives them a chance to experience sober living at its best, without the temptation of drugs or alcohol. The security and support of the Halfway House and those who reside there is a crucial transition to total independence and is a safety net in the struggle against relapse.

The Living House’s Sober Living Re-Integration Programme

The Living House provides a bespoke “Four Phase” Sober Living Programme that has been born out of 11 years’ experience in addiction treatment. Resident’s are encouraged to create their own individualized Recovery plan whilst operating and adhering to the framework programme we have set out. Recovery Coaching plays an integral part of our programme as we believe that one of the greatest struggles recovering addicts have is the ability to implement a goal driven, balanced and diverse lifestyle which is crucial to sustainable, long term sobriety.

Daily/Weekly Therapeutic Activities:

  • Morning focus groups facilitated by a counselor
  • Relapse prevention group
  • 12 Step step work group
  • House meeting
  • Community meeting
  • Individual counselling sessions
  • Addiction lectures
  • Addiction awareness group
  • Art and Creative Writing Class
  • Practical life skills group (Budgeting, conflict management, stress management)
  • Weekly 12 Step Fellowship Meetings (NA, CA, AA, EDA, GA, SAA, LAA)
  • Family conjoint and support sessions