Halfway House for Addicts -Tertiary Care

Houghton House’s Halfway House for Addicts is a tertiary care programme and focuses on men and women who have completed a residential treatment programme and are now willing to commit to a long term structure of living for recovery. During this particular stage of their recovery, residents are generally fully re-integrated into the working environment or are looking for jobs.

Halfway Houses

Houghton House Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation centres offer two Halfway Houses and facilities both situated within close proximity of our primary care and outpatient care centres.

Houghton House’s tertiary care programmes are housed in Ferndale and Randburg. Not far from our Primary facility. The purpose of the Halfway Houses is to assist patients to further participate with people after their addiction treatment programme in a controlled environment whilst working their personal recovery programme.

Our Halfway Houses can also be utilized in conjunction with our outpatient treatment programme which is run in the evenings from our outpatient centre, this option is ideal for the patient who has work or study commitments and is unable to attend an inpatient treatment programme.


Halfway House for Addicts living

The road to recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism is a life-long battle, which requires solid commitment. Whenever a recovering addict leaves a structured environment, the chance of a relapse increases. The longer one stays within a controlled and well-structured environment, the better their chances of successfully breaking their habits and dependency of addiction will be. Communal living is an important component at Houghton Houses Halfway House for Addicts successful tertiary care programme.

The Halfway House for addicts of all types includes:

Residents are encouraged to work or job-hunt during the day and to actively participate in a culture of recovery at all times, whether by taking part in therapeutic activities, overseeing the running of the house, attending 12-step programme meetings or attending relapse prevention meetings. This greater sense of freedom helps our clients in tertiary care to develop a sense of self-reliance while still feeling secure and accountable to their friends, families, employers and housemates.

Halfway House Facilities:

Both of our Halfway Houses boast beautiful gardens in a tranquil setting and include the following facilities:

  • Comfortable Bedrooms
  • Swimming Pool
  • Television with Satelite/ DSTV in the lounge area
  • On-site and secure parking
  • Wi-Fi Access
  • Laundry
  • Meals
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Braai Area

Supportive and encouraging

Our Halfway Houses are geared to be a supportive and encouraging home away from home environment with a structured living arrangement, overseen by a dedicated and caring House Manager.

What are halfway houses and why you should look at them?

You’ve gone through your medical detox and finished an inpatient or outpatient program. It’s time for the next part of recovery. Going home is not an option though it may seem like a break after so much time in dealing with your treatment, for some people, the thought is crushing—especially if you’re going back to a setting that may trigger your addiction relapse or if there isn’t a strong support system at home
So, you’re dedicated to living a new and sober lifestyle but aren’t ready to change back to your home environment.
Halfway houses provide care and space to addicts new to dealing with recovery and are steadfast to living a life without addiction.


Life is Tough

Especially when you’ve had your crutch taken away.
That’s why halfway houses exist: to offer the support and structure needed to rebuild your life post-addiction.

Shaun couldn’t shake his addiction to cocaine. “I tried. Multiple times. Was in and out of rehab for as long as I can remember. Kept relapsing every time. Sometimes, after a few weeks. Sometimes, a few days. The last time, pretty much the moment I got out the gate.”

Relapsing after treatment for drugs and alcohol is relatively common. There are many Shaun’s out there.

Houghton House halfway Houses.

Treatment in a rehab center may help hinder the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse. But this is largely from being confined in an in-patient programme or being regularly tested in an outpatient programme. Going back into the real world can be tough: suddenly an addict has the freedom to do what they want… just being aware of that can cause cravings for drugs or alcohol.

“It got me every time. Knowing I could call the merchant [colloquial for drug dealer] whenever. I was never accountable to anyone,” says Shaun. “Well, yeah, I was, I guess, to family, to my boss, but never immediately, never ‘right now’. Living at home, being able to cut lines [preparing powdered drugs for inhalation], with no one looking over my shoulder… [it was] too easy to get away with stuff.”

Houghton House’s Aspen and York Halfway Houses are tertiary care facilities that focus on patients who have completed a residential treatment programme and are now committed to a long-term structure supporting clean living. During this stage, residents reintegrate into the working environment or look for employment.

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It’s not that rehabs are ineffective. Rehabs like a Houghton House use techniques considered by medical science as pivotal to addiction treatment.

Such as psychotherapy, in the form of individual and group settings – which help uncover the issues that led to addiction. Lectures give the addict an understanding of the nature of their addiction, to allow them cognisance into their self-destructive behaviors.

Rehabs also use the principle of ‘one addict helping another’, as found in various Recovery Fellowships, like Alcoholics Anonymous. This principle is about forming a community of people who aim to achieve the same goal: staying clean.

Humans are social animals: who we spend time with impacts our thoughts and, consequently, our actions. This can be destructive, as in ‘a mob mentality’, or positive, as in a charity organisation where members bring out each other’s best qualities.

A philosophy of kinship is best expressed by ‘sticking with the winners’. Simply put, if you spend time with bad influences, you’re likely to relapse on drugs or alcohol. Conversely, through developing strong bonds with recovering addicts dedicated to keeping clean, your chances of relapsing drops drastically.

“Things changed for me when I went into a halfway house,” Shaun says. “Suddenly I was in a place where I was accountable. To everyone there.”

A halfway house is a community who look out for each other and encourage each other to keep clean.

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Harry, a current resident at Houghton House’s Aspen, says, “Living with other addicts [and alcoholics] who understand your plight and won’t take your bull has helped me a lot. While here, I had a [romantic] relationship end in a bad way. If it wasn’t for the guys and their support, I might have started drinking again.”

A halfway house helps in another way too: it provides firm structure to the daily lives of its residents.

Such as set times the residents have to be out the house. This ensures productivity. Especially necessary for an unemployed addict or alcoholic. It’s easy for anyone, but particularly someone with an addiction disorder, to slide into despair without structures in place. Before they know it, they’re sleeping late, not taking care of themselves, and deep in depression. But structures keep them moving one foot in front of the other. And with the continued support of the house, it isn’t long before they’ve gained traction in their lives.

Then there’s regular testing. “I have to admit, there were some dicey moments when I first got back to the big bad world,” says James. “Like, times I just wanted to call the dealer and pick up a bag of cat [a methamphetamine-like drug]. But knowing I’d come back to the okes wasted, that they’d spot me a mile away… hahaha, yeah would’ve been awkward.” Because it’s harder to deceive other addicts, and halfway houses know the most efficient way to administer tests – to prevent cheating – they’re able to provide a stronger incentive for addicts to keep clean.

This could be the one thing that keeps an addict from using drugs at their most desperate time.

So, it’s no surprise that there’s a massive disparity of clean time counts between halfway house residents and non-resident addicts. The rate of halfway house addicts still clean after six months is 68%, up from a baseline of 11%, according to a study called What Did We Learn from Our Study on Sober Living Houses and Where Do We Go from Here? [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057870/]

Another reason is this support system has an authority figure who cares. A house manager, who ensures residents do the minimal amount required to stand a chance of recovering.

For instance: going to NA or AA meetings; doing step work; finding a sponsor and maintaining contact with them, etc.

Many house managers are recovering addicts themselves, with multiple years of clean time behind them. As such, they’re able to provide emotional support guided by personal experience.

“I see myself as more than just a house manager. I’m their on-site sponsor: whenever they need any help, my door is always open,” says Tamara.

This culture of kindness is one of the many reasons rehabs recommend halfway houses.

Because day-to-day, halfway house residents receive a scaffolding of support, one that finally allows them to rebuild their post-addiction lives.

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