Unless you live in, know a friend or family member, or are associated with the field
of recovery, the term "Sober Living Home" may be somewhat of an enigma to you. Sober
living homes are often mistakenly referred to as a Halfway House, Rehab Home, Recovery
Support Home, Boarding Home, Shelter and even in some cases (mostly derogatory) as
a "Flop House". While some sober living homes may provide some of these services,
most do not.
Sober living homes are affordable, alcohol and drug free environments that provide
a positive place for peer group recovery support. Sober housing promotes individual
recovery by providing an environment that allows the residents to develop individual
recovery programs and become self supporting.
The majority of sober living homes are privately owned and operated by an individual
or small partnership. Less than a third are registered as a "Non Profit Organization”.
Most do not receive government subsidies or grants. However, some of the residents
may qualify for individual social security benefits.
The typical sober living home is a single-family residence, duplex or multiunit complex
located in a quiet residential neighborhood. The residents are required to follow
a strict set of house rules. Violation of the rules can result in assessment of minor
financial fines, writing an essay, to immediate ejection from the home.
The single most common rule is a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. This includes
normal everyday medicine cabinet items as, mouthwash, cold medicines, and after-shave
or food items such as vanilla. Most sober living homes do random or surprise drug
and alcohol testing. The use of 52 proof mouthwash , 70 proof vanilla, opiate or
alcohol based cold medicines will cause a false positive test. Not to mention intoxication
if consumed in quantities. Other zero tolerance rules include violence, threats of
violence, fighting, harassment, theft, sex on the premises and unexcused absence
or violation of curfews.
Each resident is required to be financially self-supporting, paying their own rent
and purchasing their own food. The residents are required to work, actively seek
employment, or be a student enrolled in an accredited academic or trade school. Those
who are permanently disabled and on federal, state or local assistance are required
to become involved in service to the home or the community. All residents are required
to attend a minimum number of weekly 12 Step meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous,
Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous.
Living is very communal in a sober living home. Residents share the facilities and
their rooms. Most sober homes are gender specific. There are very few co-ed sober
homes. Location, occupant density and services provided are the primary factors affecting
rents. There are no credit checks performed. Utilities are included. The only requirement
is a desire to stay clean and sober, follow the house rules and pay your rent on
There is one major difference between living in a sober living home and sharing an
apartment with another person. The residents of the sober living home are not considered
tenants and as such are not protected under tenants' rights laws. Hence, a resident
can be ejected on a moment's notice without the due process of eviction procedures.
The majority of the sober living homes are privately owned and operated.
What is Florida Sober House?
Florida Sober House living provides a supportive and pleasant environment for men
and women in recovery. Our residences offer a semi private and comfortable living
space with many amenities.
These upscale residences are designed for those men and
women who are in recovery and prefer for any reason to live with others with the
common purpose of staying sober and have made a commitment to overcome their addiction
to drugs and alcohol.
Our residents choose us for sober living because of a variety
of reasons. Some have successfully completed alcohol and drug treatment, but still
they want to live in a structured environment to continue to benefit from the support
and encouragement of others.
The management staff feels that the development of a 12 step program ties within
the community is a key factor in providing a strong and long-lasting sobriety. Mandatory
meetings, AA/NA meetings are held at the facility located at the main office.