Transitional Housing (Level IV)
It is not uncommon for individuals entering substance abuse treatment to have a need for some type of supportive housing after completion of the program. This need can arise for several reasons. Many individuals have lost housing due to substance abuse and are homeless. Sometimes the environment that an individual was living in prior to entering treatment was not supportive of recovery. Others can simply benefit from being in an environment with other recovering people and that provides continued recovery support. The purpose of a halfway house to help addicts in recovery learn the necessary skills to re-integrate into society. A halfway house provides safe housing with other individuals in recovery. Services provided can include urinalysis testing, 12-Step meetings, meals and counseling.
Historically, halfway houses and other types of transitional housing for substance abuse have not been regulated. This has unfortunately led to a number of disreputable places. Many halfway house programs have taken advantage of the lack of oversight and do not provide an environment that is supportive of recovery. The Florida Department of Children and Families has begun the process of providing certification to recovery residences, but the progress is slow and not all halfway houses are willing to participate in the application process. Since Pathways Florida is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, clients and families can be assured that the Transitional Housing Program is reputable.
The Pathways Florida Transitional Housing Program offers a number of services to assist people in recovery re-integrate back into society and learn to manage daily responsibilities. The Transitional Housing clients work off-campus during the day. The Pathways Florida staff stays in close contact with the employers to make sure that the clients are performing their work duties appropriately. Once the clients return to the program for the evening, they attend 12-Step Meetings and have group therapy sessions to specifically address their needs. In addition, weekly individual counseling is provided along with family counseling when necessary. Random urinalysis testing is used to ensure that clients remain clean and sober.