My first chance to live in a halfway house was in 1998. I had completed 30 days of residential drug program and was ready to move on. I got a job in a grocery store produce department. It was cool for a early recovery job and better than my peers living with me in the halfway house. A sober living environment helps me stay clean in early recovery. Everyone attends AA meetings together then hang out afterward. I was married and my wife was living an hour north in palm beach gardens so we got together on weekends. For some of my mates too much freedom was a bad idea. There are many different types of halfway houses. Some have phases like the first month you have no freedom at all and no cell phone allowed . You do not get a job until the second phase or the third phase. There is a van to take you to NA meetings and then straight back home. Relationships are a no no for the first year of recovery, but nobody ever follows that rule. A few times residents got caught with girls in the halfway house and were kicked out. You have to learn to coexist with different people and personalities while in a sober living residence. Usually there is a staff member or house manager to keep everyone in line with following the rules. Hopefully you know how to wash your clothes which is a skill many addicts have to learn in recovery.