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Popular for beautiful beaches and perennially glorious weather, The Bridge offers two sober living homes in South Florida, perfect for those who are looking for solid recovery—poolside. Founded in 2000, there is one house in Delray Beach for men and another for women in Boca Raton. The Bridge facilities are managed and supervised by a staff of recovery professionals, the majority of whom are in recovery themselves. Supporting clients on their journey to a more stable way of life, The Bridge maintains an equal balance of liberty and structure that allows clients to develop independently on a solid foundation of support.

Accommodations and Amenities 

Although the community vibe at both Bridge locations is strong, clients do not live in one big house: the men live in apartments and the women in smaller villas. Residents at the Del Ray men’s location either enjoy a room to themselves or share with another person. Each apartment has a total of three to four men who share a kitchen, laundry area and living room. All the apartments have flat screen TV’s with cable, WiFi and private phone lines. The units are connected to a large backyard patio with a pool where clients can swim and lounge at their leisure.

The Bridge’s newest housing is Starfish, their recovery villas for women. Women at Starfish have private bedrooms with large closets and flat screen TVs. The rooms comfortably furnished and linens are provided. Marble and hardwood floors run throughout the house, with a fully outfitted kitchen available. All residents are expected to provide and prepare their own food, but utensils and supplies are already offered. The women are expected to keep their rooms in order, but benefit from a maid service cleans twice per week.

Both the Del Ray house and the Boca house are close to grocery stores, job opportunities, gyms, bus lines and restaurants. The facilities are intentionally located in accessible areas, so that residents can socialize outside the house and take advantage of the surrounding community.

Rules and Regulations

The Bridge supports autonomy and self-discovery while still enforcing regulations for the safety of its residents. The Executive Director of The Bridge is a licensed psychologist and intervention specialist. Passionate about inspiring positive change, building self-esteem and uncovering damaging patterns, staff work closely with residents. All house members are required to do “90 in 90” (90 12-step meetings for their first 90 days). The Bridge’s entire ideology is based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, believing that recovery, fellowship and spirituality are the foundation for a new life.

To help integrate 12 steps into daily living, residents are required to find a sponsor of at least three years’ sobriety and begin working the steps within two weeks of moving in. In their first 30 days of residence, clients commit to a “home group,” a 12-step meeting that serves as a kind of touchstone or regular check-in meeting. Once a week, the Bridge has an in-house meeting and the speakers are frequently alumni of the house who come back to share their experience, strength and hope with current residents.

As is standard for sober living, house members agree to submit to randomly drug tests and breathalyzers. The Bridge has a strict no tolerance policy for alcohol and drug use. If a resident relapses, they will be immediately taken off grounds for the safety of other clients and referred to treatment. Curfew depends on a client’s advancement through the program. The longer an individual is in recovery and the better the track record, more freedoms are allowed.

Extras

The Bridge helps with job placement and referrals to outpatient programs and therapy. Yoga is offered every week. Any medical concerns are always addressed and transportation is provided to doctor’s appointments.

In Summary

The Bridge is not a treatment facility, but it is a therapeutic community strongly rooted in the 12 steps and outfitted with a knowledgeable staff who assist residents every step of the way. Providing comfortable accommodations, safety and structure, The Bridge helps individuals bridge the gap from early recovery to quality sobriety.    

The Bridge
455 NE 5th Avenue, Suite D101
Delray Beach, FL 33483

The Bridge Cost: $925 (30 days). Reach The Bridge by phone at (561) 289-6000 or by email at [email protected].

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