Founded in 2013 by CEO and owner Mike Carlson in Palm Beach, Florida, Growing Sober offers gender-specific sober living for men and women. Their mission is to give clients a chance to “grow up” in sobriety by providing nurturing homes that offer ample guidance, based on the premise that those new to recovery often struggle with basic life skills.
Accommodations and Amenities
Growing Sober includes a male-only house in Boynton Beach, which is one mile away from the beach. The house has a ten-bed capacity, and men are paired in spacious white walled rooms, which include twin beds, a white ceiling fan and private dressers. The women’s homes, each with a five-bed capacity, are located in nearby Palm Beach Gardens and Lake Park. Clients are paired in comfortably furnished rooms. At Growing Sober, a few singles are available for senior residents. Upon their arrival, clients receive new bedding.
Residents are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation is done in fully equipped kitchens. Amenities include paper and cleaning products, cable TV, onsite washers and dryers and Wi-Fi. Each house has a live-in residential manager. Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas.
Rules and Regulations
While most clients have completed a minimum of 30-days in an inpatient drug rehab program, others are accepted into Growing Sober on a case-by-case basis, and at minimum must have undergone detox. Upon arrival, all clients must pass a drug and alcohol screening, and their belongings are subject to a search. Staff must approve any prescribed medications.
Weekly requirements include participating in a 12-step recovery program, acquiring and actively working with a sponsor and finding a home group. Clients can take part in any 12-step program of their choice. New residents must find a job within two weeks of their residency. During that time, they have to be out of the house between 9 am and 3 pm Mondays through Fridays searching for work. Overnight shifts are typically not allowed for newcomers, and must be approved by staff. Also, job schedules can’t interfere with outpatient programs, or house and 12-step meetings.
After 30 days, clients must pay their own rent, so that they can learn accountability. At Growing Sober, a zero tolerance policy is enforced regarding drug and alcohol use, bullying, violence, abuse, intimate relationships between clients and threats. Besides the Growing Sober dog, Juno, who is there to sniff out narcotics, random drug and alcohol testing is conducted. Those who relapse are immediately evicted from the premises. During the first two weeks, the curfew is 9 pm. After that time, the curfew is set for 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Clients must abide by all of rules, or they will lose curfew benefits.
Other services besides housing include money management support, life skills and vocational assistance.
All of the houses are in close proximity to a plethora of 12-step meetings, shopping malls and job opportunities. Residents participate in monthly recreational activities.
Growing Sober provides spacious and structured sober living designed to help clients get a fresh new start, and rebuild new lives based on a 12-step protocol. Staff is in recovery, and understands that clients new to recovery require basic life skills, and is on hand to provide ample support.
117 South East 14th Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
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