Founded in 2000, Holly’s Place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida operates sober living houses for men and women in recovery. The facilities are all within walking distance of public transportation, 12-step meetings and shopping malls. Although Holly’s Place doesn’t provide treatment, residents seeking substance abuse counseling services go to Our Solutions Recovery, a local outpatient drug rehab.
Accommodations and Amenities
Holly’s Place is comprised of six modern, pretty residential homes. There are three houses for men, and three for women. Each accommodates between seven and nine residents. Clients are paired in furnished rooms that include twin beds topped with comforters and extra pillows, night stands, lamps, framed paintings and bulletin boards for personal mementos. Candles and burning incense are not allowed.
The houses have Internet access. The living rooms, dining rooms, bathrooms and kitchens are decorated with contemporary furniture. Sleeping is not allowed on living room couches, nor is food permitted in bedrooms. One of the residences has a swimming pool, and another has a Jacuzzi. There are several parking spaces available at each house and cars must be legally registered to the client and insured. Residents are not allowed to borrow or lend cars. Those who don’t comply lose their security deposits.
Residents purchase their own groceries and prepare their own meals. Kitchens are stocked with full-seized refrigerators and microwave ovens.
Rules and Regulations
Holly’s Place requires a 90-day minimum length of stay, but recommends a six-month residency. Clients must attend 90 AA/NA meetings in 90 days, as well as get a sponsor and home group. During the first week, curfew times are 10 pm. Between eight and 30 days of residency, curfew hours are 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, residents must gain employment within the first two weeks. After 30 days, the curfew slackens. The regular curfew is midnight Sundays through Thursdays, and one am on Fridays and Saturdays. During this time, residents are allowed two overnight passes, as long as the house manager receives proper notification.
Individuals of the opposite sex are not allowed at the houses and this includes the driveways. No overnight visitors are allowed. Other requirements include doing household chores, notifying the household manager of all prescribed medications and paying rent on time. Residents are subject to random drug and alcohol testing. Individuals who fail the tests are immediately evicted and lose their security as well as any paid rent. The security deposit is $330, of which a resident in good standing receives $280 back after 90 days. The 30-day cost is $800.
Residents who are not employed must attend the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Our Solutions Recovery. Fulfilling all treatment commitments is required in order to stay in the house. Weekly outpatient treatment typically includes two group sessions and two individual sessions. Group topics include relapse prevention, stress management, self-esteem building, and meditation.
The house manager and staff are all in recovery, and are on hand to provide around-the-clock support and supervision. Recommendations for meetings and transportation are provided if needed.
Holly’s place offers beautiful homes, but this is not a relaxing, luxury retreat. Clients are expected to maintain rigorous schedules of meeting attendance and employment or outpatient treatment. For those seeking a 12-step based sober living that provides a nurturing yet structured ambience, Holly’s Place is just the place.
335 SW 23rd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Holly’s Place Cost: $800 (30 days), $330 sobriety security deposit. Reach Holly’s Place by phone at (954) 854-4373. Find Holly’s Place on Facebook
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