Choosing the right halfway house for you or a loved can be a challenging yet important decision. For many individuals, residing in a halfway house will be a crucial step between a formal recovery program and returning to their previous homelife. Consequently, when deciding on a halfway house, it’s important to consider your options and make sure you’re choosing a home that will provide the highest levels of care and support during this early stage of recovery.
Why are Halfway Houses so Important?
Although completing a rehab program is a huge accomplishment, most people find that this is only the first step on the road to recovery. Transitioning directly from a structured treatment program back to “normal” life is often overwhelming. Individuals recovering from addiction may not be ready to completely give up the structure of a formal treatment program or feel confident that they can abstain from drugs or alcohol without accountability and support. Consequently, a halfway house can be a vital link between an inpatient or outpatient rehab program and a person’s permanent living arrangements.
Unfortunately, however, not all halfway houses are created equal. Some do not provide enough supervision or support for their newly-sober residents, while others simply operate as for-profit institutions with no regard for residents and their futures. Since, for many people, residing in a halfway house is such an important step in the recovery process, it’s important to find the best halfway house possible to serve you or your loved one.
If you are a male looking for a halfway house in California, consider Alchemy House in Playa Del Rey. Our halfway house provides state-of-the-art care and support to help you successfully make the transition from rehab back to your original community.
What Makes Alchemy the Top Halfway House in California
At Alchemy, we do not call ourselves the top halfway in California lightly. In fact, we consider it a responsibility to our residents to provide the best care, support, and accountability possible. In addition to our beautiful home in Playa Del Rey, we have several amenities and tools available to residents to help them successfully transition to a permanent living situation and maintain their sobriety long-term.
During the recovery process, we understand that emergencies or issues may arise outside of normal business hours. Consequently, at Alchemy House, we have an awake member of staff at the home twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. This not only holds residents accountable and keeps them safe, but also gives residents a person to reach out to at any hour of the day. We know that the early stages of recovery can be challenging, so we aim to give our residents in this situation as much support as possible.
Many of our residents come to us directly from a formal inpatient or outpatient treatment program where much of their day has been structured. This structure is essential during the early phases of rehabilitation, and we believe is still crucial in a halfway house environment. At Alchemy House, one way we maintain a sense of of structure is by operating on a tiered system where residents are assigned a “level”.
When our residents first come to us, they are considered Level One. By adhering to house rules, completing assigned chores, attending all required reviews and meetings, and of course, maintaining their sobriety, residents can “level-up” over time. As individuals move through this tiered system, they gain certain privileges and can increase their independence.
By utilizing this structured program, residents are able to practice making responsible choices and gain a sense of accountability. This not only helps residents maintain sobriety and achieve their personal goals, but also helps create an easier transition from rehab to our halfway house and eventually back to their original communities.
While some of our residents may be attending school or work, others come to us having previously severed ties with jobs or their education due to addiction. We believe that part of living a happy life is having career or educational goals that allow residents to financially support themselves and their families. Consequently, at Alchemy House, we provide vocational assistance to all our residents. This may include:
- Identifying career and/or educational goals
- Resume development
- Job searching tactics
- Interview skills
- College admissions counseling
Life Skills Training
At Alchemy, we believe a halfway house should not only be a place for individuals in recovery to live. Our mission is to help our residents successfully transition back to everyday life and maintain long-term sobriety. For this to be achievable, residents must have a handle on certain skills that enable them to live independently. To ensure our residents are able to care for themselves, as well as any dependents, once they leave our halfway house, we provide them with life skills training during their stay. Individuals will learn vital skills for independent sober living such as:
- Developing a daily routine
- Budgeting and financial responsibility
- Grocery shopping
- Cooking balanced meals
- Proper nutrition
- Exercise routines
- Creating a sleep schedule
- Self-care and stress reduction
- Maintaining a clean living space
In our halfway house, each resident is assigned a case manager. This case manager will check in with residents on a daily or weekly basis to help monitor their progress and discuss any challenges residents may be facing.
We’ve recognized that case management can help residents have an easier transition back to “normal” life. Our case managers are not only there to encourage residents in their sobriety but also find solutions to challenges or problems that may arise. This may include:
- Coordinating medical care
- Assistance in finding housing
- Connecting individuals with sober roommates
- Helping with job placement or education programs
- Facilitating goal setting
- Providing updates to family
Big Brother/Little Brother Program
We believe there is great power in mentorship. Consequently, at Alchemy, we’ve created a Big Brother/Little Brother program that allows alumni and established residents of our halfway house to help guide and support residents who are in the earlier stages of recovery. Our goal is that Little Brothers eventually become Big Brothers to incoming residents. This mentorship program not only encourages Big Brothers to lead by example and therefore maintain long-term sobriety, but also gives Little Brothers a chance to connect with someone who has also experienced drug or alcohol addiction first hand and is currently living a responsible, sober lifestyle.
Peaceful Living Environment
At Alchemy House, we know having a peaceful living environment is just as important as the programming a halfway house provides. Consequently, we make every effort to ensure our residents always feel safe and comfortable under our roof while still having fun and taking advantage of everything Southern California has to offer. Some amenities we provide at our halfway house include:
- Transportation to 12-Step groups, medical appointments, job interviews, etc.
- Healthy meals prepared as a group
- Computer for job searches and school work
- Flat-screen TVs
- Comfortable beds and furniture
- On-site laundry
- Shared or private room options
Our halfway house is also close to several beaches, parks, restaurants, fitness centers, and medical centers. What’s more, it has easy freeway access for residents and their families. We also encourage residents to enjoy our gorgeous Southern California weather by spending time at the beach or hanging out with their sober peers on one of our numerous terraces or sun-soaked patio.
By residing in a comfortable, safe, peaceful environment, residents are able to actively focus on their recovery and set themselves up for success for long-term sobriety.
Events and Outings
One of our goals at Alchemy House is to help our residents learn how to enjoy life sober. Knowing this enjoyment still exists is crucial for residents as they begin to transition back to “normal” life. One of the ways we do this is hosting sober events and outings so residents can experience having fun without drugs or alcohol. We also make sure to take advantage of everything our beautiful Southern California location has to offer. Events and outings may include:
- Camping Trips
- Movie Nights
- Beach Days
- Sporting Events
- Cultural Outings
We also host sober events on holidays commonly associated with drugs or alcohol such as New Years Eve and Fourth of July. Learning to enjoy holidays sober can feel like a challenge to some individuals in recovery, so we want to make sure they have a place to go and celebrate with friends and sober peers.
Connect With Us
If you or a loved one is looking for a top halfway house in California, contact Alchemy House today to schedule a tour.
As we are committed to providing the best care for our residents, we take steps to ensure that each potential resident is invested in the recovery process and that our halfway house is the best fit for his personal needs. If we feel that you or your loved one would be best served in another halfway house or in a higher level of care, we are more than willing to provide the appropriate referrals and resources to get you the help you need.