Halfway House

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About Halfway House

A Halfway house is a place where people undergoing rehab therapy are allowed to reintegrate with society. The term “halfway” refers to the idea of allowing integration with the society while still providing supervision. Patients face a reduced risk of relapse and recidivism by undergoing a halfway house treatment.

Traditionally, halfway houses were built for people who were recently released from jails or mental institutions. However, more recently, halfway houses are being tailor-made to suit the needs of patients who have undergone a long inpatient treatment for substance abuse and feeling reluctant to shift to outpatient treatment abruptly and tackle the real world all at once. Due to an intrinsic “taboo” associated with them, halfway houses usually face a lot of resistance from the inhabitants of the area they are built in. However, with time, people have been adequately educated about the need and the role of halfway houses and the society is becoming a lot more tolerant towards halfway houses in general.

How Halfway House Can Help

Some substance abuse treatments may require the patients to remain in the treatment facility for a number of months, even for a couple of years in extreme conditions. The care and the supervision provided inside a rehab center may not be available to patients once they are released from their rehab centers. Such patients may relapse or recede into their old habits of substance abuse once they arrive back in their home environment. For such patients, halfway houses provide the right platform to “expose” themselves in phases to the outside world in order to prevent relapse.

Halfway homes also enable the patients to “test” their efforts out. Some patients become submissive and introverted when put through a rehab facility. A few others are unable to cope with the outside world after undergoing “treatment” for substance abuse. Some others may actually be unsure about the way they “react” to society, their friends and their family after coming out of the rehab center. Patients face “real-life” consequences immediately after getting a release from the rehab center and may not be able to “recall” their psychotherapy lessons in such cases. Halfway homes are ideal for patients who want to take things slow and test the waters before they dive in full length.

Halfway homes also provide an edge to the patients in terms of staying safe. Patients, upon coming to direct exposure with the society after a rehab treatment, may get aggressive and restless. Some patients face depression and distress after being released from a rehab center. Such patients are prone to criminal activities and suicide attempts. Halfway homes enable such patients to audit each step of their intermingling with the society, thus keeping them relatively safe from the dangers of mingling with society abruptly.

Finally, patients can leverage the experience and company of other patients in halfway homes. Patients are known to share their daily experiences with each other, thereby helping each other to tackle “real-life, worldly” situations better. Collective experience not only lends a degree of confidence to but it also motivates the patients to take the next step towards a complete transition back into day-to-day living.


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