What is a Halfway House?
A halfway house is a term given to a state mandated or state funded after care recovery community. The first halfway house was established in New York, called the “Hope Hall No. 1.” The founder of “Volunteers of America” established the first “Hope Hall”, and continued to spread the houses nationwide. The houses were created to reestablish convicts into society by introducing them to jobs and nurse them back into health. This amazing program and society stuck to their word of helping convicts. From their generous help the term half way house was created. Now, a halfway house means just that: helping convicts reintegrate back into society.
What is Sober Living?
Sober Living is a structured, highly accountable transitional living facility. Sober living became popular in recent years because of the declining recovery rates. People began to see the need for privatized and highly structured after care communities. Sober living is available to all and is usually not associated with any form of state mandated care. Meaning, most individuals attending sober living because they have a desire to stop using, willingness to follow guidance, and openness to continue taking direction.
What is the difference in the terminology between “Halfway House” and “Sober Living”?
As mentioned previously, there are a couple of key differences between the two terms.
Halfway houses include mostly parolee’s, or people involved in state mandated care.
Sober living homes usually include privately funded individuals.
Sober living has higher structure and accountability.
In differentiating these two terms, it should become apparent as to why sober living is an obvious choice.