After a person completes a drug or alcohol rehab program, finding a stable place to recover is critical to long-term success in recovery. For those without other viable options after treatment, staying at a 3/4 house may be necessary.
Many individuals transition into highly structured sober living homes or halfway houses following professional treatment. These homes typically provide access to counseling services, support group meetings, employment resources, and training programs. They also keep occupants accountable by enforcing semi-strict rules, curfews, and drug screens.
Compared to halfway houses, however, three-quarter houses offer fewer resources and less accountability. Alcohol and illicit drugs are still prohibited, but residents may or may not be drug tested. The homes allow residents to enjoy more freedom as they get used to living without intensive support.
Knowing how these homes support individuals in recovery and how to locate one can allow people to healthily transition back to the real world and regain control of their lives.
What Is a 3/4 House?
A 3/4 house is a transitory living home similar to a halfway house. Both are sober living residences designed to help individuals ease back into their lives. Also, both serve as havens for those who have lost their homes or have nowhere else to turn after completing intensive rehab.
However, a 3/4 house environment is significantly less structured and strictly controlled than a halfway home. Generally speaking, residents have later curfews, the ability to go out on overnight passes, and more options for working or attending school.
Essentially, a 3/4 home offers a stable and less-restrictive environment where individuals can continue growing and adapting to a drug-free life. They are a valuable resource for any person who would like some amount of structure in their life but who would not need the strictness of a halfway house to remain abstinent and on the road to recovery.
Benefits of a 3/4 House
People who reside at a 3/4 house are offered a wide range of benefits to help them continue recovery from their dependence and addiction, including the following:
- Increased structure and rules that help individuals remain sober
- A safe environment, including a secure and comfortable place to sleep and locked doors
- Regular drug testing to help ensure each person in the home is sober
- Fully-trained support staff that help keep residents focused on recovery
- Compulsory requirements, such as attending 12-step meetings or finding part-time or volunteer work
Although some of these “benefits” may seem like negatives, they are intended to help residents succeed. For example, mandatory drug testing (when required) often helps people avoid relapse and forces them to manage cravings. And attending 12-step group meetings or re-entering the workforce can improve focus and a drive that can help them break through the depression that may manifest due to an unstructured and unproductive life.
3/4 House Rules
The people who manage 3/4 houses should fully understand that their residents have finished rehab and are looking to transition gradually to a drug-free life. However, they also understand the challenges of that process and work hard to deter individuals from relapsing.
Standard rules that govern behavior in a 3/4 home include the following:
- No intoxicating substances are allowed
- Fighting and gambling are forbidden
- Persons of the opposite sex cannot spend time in a resident’s room without prior approval
- No sexual activity is permitted
- Smoking must be done in designated areas at assigned times
- Possession of weapons is prohibited
- Television is turned off around 11 at night, and all lights must be out by midnight
These rules are just a few enforced in a typical 3/4 home. Some will issue stricter guidelines, while others will be somewhat more lenient. Often, breaking one of these rules is grounds for eviction. However, following these rules shouldn’t be difficult for those highly motivated and serious about recovery.
Transitioning to Drug-Free Living
Finding a 3/4 home that will suit an individual’s needs is often as easy as consulting health experts at a licensed rehab center, such as Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery. In addition to residential and partial hospitalization programs, we offer after services that help individuals determine how they will proceed after rehab, where they will live, and what continuing treatment options are available for long-term support.
Our comprehensive approach also includes a wide variety of other therapies and activities, including the following:
- Medical detox
- Behavioral therapy
- 12-step peer group support
- Individual/family counseling
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Substance abuse education
- Health and wellness education
- Art and music therapy
- Mindfulness meditation
- Alumni events