Founded in 2013 in Hollywood, Florida, by Steve Boyarsky, who goes by “Brother Stevie B,” JC’s Recovery House is a faith-based sober living for men and women in recovery. Boyarsky, who has been clean and sober for over 20 years, believes that the Holy Bible and the Big Book are the perfect tools to ensure a healthy recovery and establish a happy life.
Accommodations and Amenities
JC’s Recovery House is a compound located on one acre just a short distance from the beach. The complex includes pink stucco Mediterranean style buildings, landscaped gardens replete with plants and brightly colored flowers and palm trees. The property is surrounded by a cinderblock adorned with red crosses. Amenities include a basketball court, gym, recreation room with a big screen TV, a volleyball court, career center equipped with a computer and fax printer, as well as other vocational resources and common areas used for barbecues and picnics. JC’s Recovery House has on-site laundry facilities, as well as prayer and fifth step gardens.
The facility has a 150-bed capacity, and men and women are accommodated in gender-specific wings. Clients reside in furnished two-bedroom apartments, which include fully equipped kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms. Typically, there are two clients paired in dorm-style rooms. They are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Residential managers and other staff live on the premises.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admission, clients must be medially stable and not in need of detox. Additionally, clients must have a working cellphone with a wireless provider and not be taking any narcotic medications.
A six-month length of stay commitment is required. The program is broken down into four phases. During the first phase, clients must acquire a sponsor, a home group and a spiritual mentor. Additionally, they must get a job, write out a Fourth Step, attend regular 12-step or Celebrate Recovery meetings, participate in Church services and attend Bible studies. The curfew is 10:30 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 11:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays.
Once clients demonstrate a certain level of accountability, they move onto the second phase, where the curfew remains the same from Sundays through Thursdays, but gets bumped up to 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Other requirements include memorizing the Third and Seventh Step prayers, working the Fifth Step with a sponsor, getting a service commitment and comprehending the first six steps, as outlined in the Twelve and Twelve.
During the third phase, clients work steps six through nine, as well as obtain a service commitment at a 12-step meeting. Additionally, they have to memorize the entire version of the Serenity Prayer, as well as the Eleventh Step prayer. The curfew is 11:30 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
During the last phase, clients demonstrate a working knowledge of all the prayers, comprehension of the 12 steps, and are familiar with the first 164 pages of the Big Book. Additionally, they must act as sponsors to newcomers, plan an exit plan, and maintain a service commitment and perform community service.
Other services besides housing include counseling by a CSAC, spiritual mentoring, peer support and vocational assistance.
JC’s Recovery House offers newly clean and sober men and women a unique comprehensive recovery protocol that balances both the 12-steps and a faith-based approach. For clients who are interested in Christ as a Higher Power, but who also want to work their steps, this sober living community that is nestled on a gorgeous campus is the perfect match.
JC’S Recovery House
1835 Sherman St
Hollywood, FL 33020
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