Many people choose to reside in a sober living environment following residential addiction treatment. Although individuals tend to use these terms interchangeably, it is important to understand that a sober house, a halfway house, and a three-quarters house are three distinct recovery options.
One of the biggest dangers people encounter coming out of treatment is relapse and susceptibility to high-risk situations. Both sober living houses and halfway houses help protect individuals in the early stages of recovery by providing an environment conducive to peer support and accountability.
These residences also usually offer access to counseling, support groups, and employment resources. Persons are held accountable for their sobriety and must follow strict rules, curfews, and may sometimes be required to undergo drug testing.
What Is a Halfway House?
Halfway houses are sometimes designated for people released from prison or who may have completed an alcohol or drug treatment program while incarcerated. This type of halfway house is often bolstered by state funds to help persons recently released from incarceration adjust to living free.
Not all halfway houses are strictly designed for this purpose. Some are designed to include any individual with a substance use disorder who needs further support during or after an addiction treatment program. This environment can help people move forward while surrounded by a community focused on support as each person transitions from one way of life to another. Halfway houses often require engagement in or completion of an addiction treatment program, and these homes also tend to limit a resident’s stay.
What Is a Three-Quarters House?
A three-quarter house is a transitional residence that requires less supervision than traditional halfway houses and is unregulated. Reputable three-quarter houses can help individuals transition out of intensive treatment. Residence in such an environment may be a positive last step that a person can take before returning to everyday life.
In a three-quarter house, intoxicating substances are still banned, and they generally provide fewer resources and do not require as much accountability. Also, residents aren’t typically drug tested, and support group attendance is optional. These homes allow persons more freedom as they gradually become accustomed to living without continual supervision and support.
What Is a Sober Living Home?
After residential or inpatient treatment, it can be challenging to transition to the outside world while committing to a substance-free life. A sober living house’s main function is to help those in recovery who need extra security and support by providing them with a place to go that is free from substances and the triggers they will eventually encounter in the real world.
Unlike a halfway house, however, residents are not always required to be enrolled in a treatment program to live in a sober house, and there may not be a limit set on the length of time that one can live there. This difference can be crucial for those who are contemplating their long-term options and feel that they would be helped by community support and personal accountability for a prolonged period.
Sober living homes are frequently, but not always, owned and operated by addiction treatment centers or are affiliated with them and located in close proximity. Transportation is frequently available to transport residents to and from outpatient treatment sessions and other therapeutic services.
Aftercare Treatment in Addiction Recovery
Intensive outpatient and inpatient treatment are fundamental, but a long-term plan is still needed after treatment is over. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about half of all individuals treated for substance use disorders will relapse at least once. Therefore, aftercare treatment becomes just as vital to sobriety as the initial investment in addiction recovery.
A comprehensive long-term aftercare plan should address the following:
- Holding the person accountable for their actions
- Ensuring that the individual does not use addictive/intoxicating substances
- Minimizing relapse triggers in the environment
- Helping the individual tend to responsibilities, such as paying rent and performing household chores
- Placing the individual within a caring, understanding community of support
- Giving the person specific commitments to adhere to overtime
Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Just Believe Recovery Center offers evidence-based psychotherapy, counseling, and group support in residential and partial-hospitalization formats. We also provide aftercare planning services and alumni activities to ensure that those we treat remain supported and active long-term in their newly forged sober lifestyle long after treatment has been completed.