As well as providing outpatient services, we are a Florida Association of Recovery Residence (FARR) accredited addiction treatment center with two sober living facilities in Fort Myers, Florida. Our sober houses are a short ride from the beach and walking distance to groceries. Both sober homes have two separate living spaces, large kitchens and single and shared rooms. Each facility has an incredible outdoor living space where we host house meetings, enjoy delicious cookouts and reflect on the day together.
Our recovery residences serve as transitional living homes for young men who have completed an addiction treatment program. It’s the middle step between alcohol or drug rehab and independence. Each house provides a clean, safe living environment designed to give the structure and support recovering addicts need to take the next step on the road to recovery. There are strict house rules in place to maintain a supportive environment for each resident, but fun is also an integral part of daily life at our treatment facility.
Sober Living Vs Halfway Houses
These two treatment options are often mistaken for each other. While both offer people who are suffering from substance use disorders a sober environment to promote recovery, there are significant differences between the two. The state usually operates halfway houses for people who have been court-ordered to pursue a substance abuse treatment program and don’t have anywhere else to live. Rooms are often dormitory-style with minimal decor.
Sober living homes are privately run. They’re usually operated by rehab centers to give clients who complete a rehab program continuity of care. Also, they provide people in recovery with a comfortable, structured and healthy environment to help them transition back to normal life.
There are some similarities between sober living houses and halfway houses. Both require that the residents abstain from substance use, both usually have curfews and both provide resources to encourage clients to seek education or employment, including 12-step programs. However, there is often much more investment in staffing and resources in a sober living environment.
Benefits of Sober Living Houses
- Support and guidance from addiction experts, as well as an environment that actively encourages sobriety.
- You have a ready-made peer support network and can build lifelong, meaningful sober bonds.
- Residents pick up major life skills, such as eating well, cleaning up after yourself, paying rent and establishing a routine.
- While there are some house rules, you are free to come and go as you please during the day. You enjoy a high level of independence while still having immediate access to guidance when you need it.
- Going straight from rehab to daily life can be daunting, due to the amount of supervision you experience when undergoing treatment. A sober home provides a gradual transition back into functioning with autonomy.
- If your home environment is unstable or has a lot of triggers, it’s a good idea to ensure you’re secure in your recovery before returning.
The Cost of Sober Living Homes
Sober living usually costs approximately as much as rent on a moderately priced apartment. As well as covering the expense of the roof over your head, you receive guidance from addiction specialists daily, have access to educational and vocational resources and participate in regular house meetings with your fellow residents. In some cases, insurance may cover some of the costs involved with sober living.
Gain Life Skills
If you’ve lived in unhealthy environments, you may feel anxious about the idea of moving into an apartment on your own or with housemates. This anxiety can be a major challenge for someone in recovery to deal with, but a supervised sober home can help alleviate these worries about how to integrate positively into a new environment. So many people have unresolved shame if their childhood home or subsequent places they’ve lived were dysfunctional. Your family may not have taught you or set the best example of some vital life skills that give you the best experience of living as part of a community.
Cooking, nutrition and exercise are integral to a happy, fulfilled life. You’ll feel incredible when you meet your own basic needs, and we can help you to make the most of them. Rules and boundaries aren’t just for kids; they help everyone exist harmoniously together. Paying rent on time, keeping your living space clean and taking part in house meetings are just a few things you’ll practice in one of our sober living homes. When you establish rules and respect other people’s boundaries, you minimize drama and the risk of disagreements.
Having Fun Boosts Mental Health
While our main priority is structure and recovery, we know these aren’t possible without a little fun. We believe that community is integral when it comes to long-term recovery. In addition to offering Experiential Therapy in our outpatient treatment center, the residents at our sober living homes also have the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the stunning Florida landscape. Each month, we organize group outings, including kiteboarding, paddleboarding, boating or just kickin’ it on the beach with a like-minded peer support group.