New Friendships Sober Living is an apartment-style sober living facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This home for men was established in 2009 by three co-owners including Dr. Carmine Pecoraro, a clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field, Judith Pecoraro, a registered mental health counseling intern who has worked in mental health field since 1992 and Mary Walker, a MFT who specializes in treatment of co-occurring disorders. At New Friendships, clients must participate in 12-step recovery to maintain their residency. Those who are not sure if a sober living is the right fit for them are eligible for free and confidential consultation with New Friendship’s staff.
Accommodations and Amenities
New Friendships is in a residential neighborhood, five minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale. There is capacity for 12 clients and two house managers who live on-site. The apartments require no maintenance—they come newly-renovated, freshly-painted and fully furnished. Each of the four apartments has two bedrooms. The interior has a modern and comfortable feel, decorated in cheerful colors. The exterior boasts a neatly-manicured lawn and a patio space for socializing. Free Wi-Fi, cable TV and computer access are all available. Clients can make long distance calls from the house phone.
Community cooking and meal-planning are encouraged, though not mandatory. Some residents choose to prepare their own meals. Everyone is responsible for doing laundry independently and there are washers and dryers on site.
Rules and Regulations
All potential residents are vetted by a group of senior house members who have lived at the property for multiple years. New Friendships encourages clients to stay a minimum of three months. Prior to moving in, they must have completed an inpatient program or gone through detox. Staff monitor clients with regular check-ins and drug testing. There is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol or drugs on the property. Additionally, no cameras or videotaping are allowed on the property to preserve anonymity. Stealing, violence and sexual activity are also prohibited.
If clients need to take prescriptions they must inform staff immediately and the use of medications will be monitored. Residents are required to attend 90 AA/NA meetings in 90 days and five meetings a week thereafter. They must also get a sponsor during the first 90 days. There is a required house meeting every Sunday and a relapse prevention group on Wednesdays. The owners join clients at the Sunday house meeting; Mary Walker, MFT leads the relapse prevention group of Wednesdays.
The men are expected to make their beds, wash dishes, fold and put away clothes and maintain clean personal space. House rules are regulated by staff and through peer accountability. Clients have an 11 pm curfew for the first 30 days, Sundays through Thursdays and one am Fridays and Saturdays. After 30 days, curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 2 am Fridays and Saturdays. Clients must get a job within the first two weeks at New Friendships. In order to reinforce a successful search for employment, clients must be out of bed by 9 am and out of the house until 4 pm, unless otherwise cleared with staff. No female visitors are allowed and residents must obtain special permission from staff to stay elsewhere overnight.
Although this is not a good choice for those opposed to the 12-step approach, New Friendships Sober Living is a well-respected due to the extensive credentials of its owners. But what really sets New Friendships apart is its culture of support. Clients at New Friendships are taught to think of the house as a community of peers who look after one another.
New Friendships Sober Living
1650 NE 26th Street Ste 206
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
New Friendships Sober Living Cost: $740 (30 days). Reach New Friendships Sober Living by phone at (954) 514-7496. Find New Friendships Sober Living on Facebook
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