Length of treatment: approximately 4-6 Months, but can be longer based on need and the type of program.
Residential treatment programs or “halfway houses” are licensed and overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. The goal of treatment is to help the person gain a deeper understanding of addiction, recovery, and the practical skills need to live alcohol and drug-free with a better quality of life Examples of residential treatment include recovery homes, social model programs, and therapeutic communities (TC). Residential treatment programs provide:
- An alcohol and drug-free living environment with meals
- Case management services
- Recovery support meetings in the house and in the community where members can find mutual or “peer” support as they focus on recovery.
Residential programs serve different populations. Some admit men or women only, some are for adults only, some are for families, and others are for youth under 18. In Massachusetts, some women’s halfway houses allow children to live with their mothers, and a small number are geared for women who are dealing with domestic violence or sexual abuse. At many programs, the staff supports clients’ effort to find and keep a job, to enroll in programs with services to aid in their recovery, and help them create an aftercare and post-treatment plan.