Sober Living in Boynton Beach is wonderful for anyone who enjoys the beach. But for someone recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, it’s an actual therapeutic environment. It offers the genuine rush of clean, bracing air, stunning sunsets and sunrises, ocean sports and the simple yet profound experience of walking along at water’s edge. Recovering patients can let the cool, salty water surge over their feet as they walk along at sunset on the damp, firm sand. Anxiety just seems to melt away. This wonderful experience doesn’t even cost anything! It all serves as a singular reminder to recovering addicts that life without drugs can be full of promise, satisfaction and beauty.
Sober living homes house both men and women who are committed to living a drug-free life in the long term.
Sober living is typically the final step in the total recovery process. It comes after detox and inpatient or outpatient drug rehab. However, you’re not required to attend drug treatment first. Most sober living homes will accept anyone who is:
- Committed to living a drug-free life
- Willing to follow house rules
- Able to meet the financial obligations
Life in Sober Living
Most people in sober living will indeed have already completed a detox and recovery program. It’s just that it’s not a requirement. Sober living serves as a bridge between the intensive environment of recovery treatment and the real world. It’s highly recommended. In fact, many recovering addicts fail to maintain their sobriety at the point of leaving recovery, even with aftercare services. Part of the reason for that is that they feel utterly lost. It’s incredibly uplifting and supportive to be in the exclusive company of others who are trying to all do the same thing you are. There is power in working together towards a common goal.
In general, except for required meetings and chores, and curfew, you are free to come and go. The house will want you to use your time constructively, though. This means paid employment, volunteer work or school. You will have to pay rent. There will likely be little to no tolerance of those who break the rules. It’s a serious matter, so plan to behave yourself. Typical house rules include:
- No drugs or alcohol
- No sexual contact with other residents
- Required attendance at meetings
- Strictly enforced curfews
- Payment of your fees on time
Expect random drug testing. You may be observed by a same-sex staff member. It’s required. You must either comply or leave.
Most homes house both sexes, and there is regular mingling at certain house functions. However, sleeping and housing arrangements are completely separate. If you smoke, some houses will permit this, but only in designated outside areas. If you take medication for such chronic conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, some sober homes will permit you to live there and take whatever non-controlled meds you need. These medications must be prescribed to you and kept in their pharmacy bottles at all times. Remember that there is no doctor on staff.
Under no circumstances are controlled substances likely to be allowed on site, even if they’re legally prescribed to you. This is even true of Suboxone, prescribed to many recovering opioid addicts to help them stay clean. It also applies to anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax, prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of panic disorder and PTSD.
It’s a controversial issue, unfair in many ways. Why deny a recovering addict the medication they need to help them function and recover? If you take these kind of medications, you can still try to find a sober living place that will take you. In fact, we can help. More information is provided below.
Let us Help
If you’re interested in sober living, we can help. We’re here 24 hours a day at 866-963-7200. Whether you just want information or are ready to attend sober living, we can help you make the best choice for you. All you need do is call.