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Halfway Houses in the United States

A halfway house is generally described as a place of transition for people coming out of prisons, rehabilitation programs, and or mental institutions to allow them a chance to reintegrate back into society while still being monitored and having continuous support. Many halfway houses are opposed in neighborhoods because of the clientele they service; however, these places are very important as they have shown to reduce the chances of relapse for addicts and former criminals reverting back to crime.

Halfway houses can be both governments sponsored and private, providing services for former criminals, former mental patients, and former addicts. Majority of all Halfway houses are specifically run for one of the above and are solely there for purposes of reintegrating people with former mental problems, addiction problems and former inmates back into society. Reintegration is quite important in these cases simply because it will increase the individual’s chance of actual success and being able to live a normal life as they will have the ongoing support and monitoring in the halfway houses during their stay.

What is beneficial about a halfway house?

Primarily a halfway house is a stable place of transition, especially for those being released from prison. Coming from an environment that does not provide much stability, and re-entering society can prove to be very difficult and problematic. A halfway house is a smooth transition period back into society, where you are supported and helped with every step you take rebuilding your new life.

How is a sober living community different from a halfway house?

A sober living community is exactly what it sounds like, a community of sober like individuals all living together and helping each out while they reintegrate back into society. It is different because all the individuals living in a sober living community have just come out of a drug or alcohol treatment program and need a sober place to live while they rebuild his or her life.

Typically, residents of a halfway house will stay from anywhere from one to six months, while there they are following structured programs based on the reasons they are there. For example, recovering addicts will follow intensive individual and group counseling sessions. Most if not all residents will be assisted with finding a job and learning how to maintain it. If it is not a government-run halfway house, the residents will pay rent, typically on a sliding scale so as to make it affordable. When halfway houses are established in local communities, there will tend to be some public outcry simply because many people are not fully informed as to how they operate. A halfway house is important because it will allow a proper transition for their clients back into society. They will help their clients stabilize his or her life with jobs, support networks, and responsibility. The most important aspect of all of this is how these halfway houses reduce the relapse and recidivism rate among its clientele. Giving people an opportunity to build a new life is really what it is all about and this is what a halfway house is doing for its clients.