House of Principles Review
House of Principles of Palm Beach, Florida is a 12-step based sober living with two locations serving adult men. Since 2010, this facility has provided faith-based housing for the newly sober in a sunny beach community.
Accommodations and Amenities
House of Principles’ two sober living facilities in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth are large, town house-style residences surrounded by palm trees—overall, the appearance is more resort-like than clinical. The facilities are divided into shared suites with two bedrooms and two bathrooms each, all rooms double-occupancy with two full-sized beds. The homes come fully furnished with two dressers and large closets in each bedroom, shared kitchens with new appliances and large living rooms with big screen televisions.
The facility provides bedding, linens and cleaning supplies.Cable TV and high-speed internet are provided as well, as is access to free on-site washers and dryers. Both houses are near malls, museums, movie theaters, shops, grocery stores and local AA/NA meetings as well.
House of Principles provides a food stamp program to all clients. Residents shop and cook for themselves and are free to pick up whatever they’d like in terms of meal choices.
Rules and Regulations
In order to move in, all residents must commit to attending AA meetings daily, obtaining a sponsor within two weeks of moving in and working the steps. Clients must also have a job upon entry, or find one within a week. Residents must also attend weekly house meetings to attend to house business. Clients who are unable to work must be willing to pick up a volunteer position with a comparable time commitment. Finally, residents must also comply with weekly drug and alcohol tests to ensure they remain sober. In the event of relapse, clients are evicted immediately.
There is a six-month minimum required stay with the program, and within that time the clients have access to Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), through local facilities like The Program or New Beginnings, if they want to continue with treatment. Staff assists with introducing the clients to these programs and getting them set up with treatment. A house manager and support staff are available 24 hours a day to aid clients with whatever they need, and are able to provide help with meeting locations, job placement services and training. Relapse prevention and addiction education classes are also available to clients through the facility.
The House or Principles has three live-in staff members at each location, all of whom are in recovery and can offer unique perspectives on living in a sober community.
For those who do opt to participate in IOP while living at House of Principles, the facility is often willing to negotiate lower rent.
The facility provides discounted gym memberships for all residents. Additionally, all transportation to appointments, activities and meetings is provided by the staff.
As the name suggests, House of Principles is strongly rooted in the principles of 12 step recovery, so those who don’t want to go that route should keep looking. However, the experienced staff provides guidance and support in a spiritual environment, with plenty of supplemental resources and experienced staff to help guide the way.
House of Principles Location
House of Principles
Palm Beach County, FL 33401
The House of Principles Cost
$848 (30 days; $300 deposit due on move-in). Reach The House of Principles by phone at (561) 676-9080 or by email. Find the House of Principles on Facebook
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