A therapeutic community aftercare or halfway house program is just what it sounds like: a location where you can go after completing a rehab program, but before going back to your “normal” life. Through this type of program, you receive the additional support needed from like-minded individuals and counselors to help steer you toward recovery.
The environment of a therapeutic community aftercare or halfway house is a safe space where those who are battling addiction can learn how to acclimate back into society without drugs and/or alcohol. Generally, these programs have very strict rules that must be adhered to, and regular drug screenings are a requirement. Often, these aftercare programs are run by religious or community organizations; but, there are halfway houses that are run by the state that those who have had infractions with the law.
While living in this environment, residents are able to seek employment, pay bills, do chores and learn skills and strategies that will help them become functional members of society again. For parents who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, there are therapeutic communities that allow supervised visits with their children and parenting skills classes are offered.