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Halfway Houses Defined

In earlier centuries, resting stops and inns that were located half-way between metropolitan areas became known as halfway houses. The term is still used as such in England. In the United States, halfway houses serve as safe houses for persons with various problems or traumas. Persons living in these houses have experienced life outside of the norm.  Some may be coming from the prison system, others may be battered wives and many others have a history of repeated substance abuse. In most cases, a halfway house offers a structured living program to aid the individual in his or her effort to re-enter society as a responsible and productive citizen.

For the purpose of this article, the focus in on halfway houses for persons recovering from some form of substance abuse such as alcoholism or drug addiction. In this context, individuals entering half-way houses usually arrive from substance abuse treatment centers or are court ordered through drug courts and correctional facilities. In some cases the halfway houses, also referred to as recovery houses or sober houses, are owned and operated by treatment centers or commissioned by state governments, but in Tennessee most are privately owned.

The recovering alcoholics and drug addicts that reside in halfway houses are expected to abide by certain rules and codes of conduct. They are required to obtain employment and remain drug free. Most have curfews and time limits on such things as phone use and television viewing. Some halfway houses have formal programs of recovery, but regretfully, not all. Some require attendance at recovery meetings such as AA and NA, but others just require abstinence from alcohol and drugs.

Regretfully, many halfway houses of this type go only half-way for their residents. They end up being little more than flop houses, and the clients eventually leave without a solid base in recovery. That is why concerned organizations such as A Friend of Bill's prefer the name Recovery Homes.  They emphasize a permanent recovery plan. This usually involves participation in a 12 step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Residents are expected to attend daily AA meeting, get a sponsor, work the 12 steps and become involved. This is an action program for individuals who are serious about their recovery and want more than a half-way solution.

If you want to learn more about A Friend of Bill's Recovery Homes in Lebanon, TN and Hendersonville, TN, please examine the other pages of this site. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact us.


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