Halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Delray Beach is home to The Sanctuary. Established in 2010, The Sanctuary offers luxurious sober living accommodations for both men and women. Men are housed in either The Pineapple, The Fern or the The Palm. There is just one house for women—The Bungalow. Focused on facilitating the emotional and spiritual development of its residents, The Sanctuary offers beautiful homes that live up to its name.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Sanctuary supports its residents in having a community experience. Clients in the several homes benefit from structure and a beautiful living environment. Each men’s residence has 10 beds with private as well as semi-private bedrooms. The Pineapple is a large single-story home with a wraparound porch. A large outdoor patio is typically in used for dinners and meetings between residents. The Pineapple has nice amenities—a comfortable living room with a flat screen TV that has the NFL package, plus a fully outfitted and updated kitchen. The Palm is a two-story home featuring large bedrooms with walk-in closets. It has an office where clients can stay connected through WiFi, residents are allowed to check email and send out resumes for employment. Palm residents also enjoy a large backyard patio with a grill and pool for relaxing and socializing.
Down the street from the Pineapple and Palm homes is The Fern, a smaller house ensconced in tropical foliage with more privacy than the other homes. Featuring a hot tub and large outdoor area, The Fern is a completely updated and modern home. Located several blocks away from the men’s homes is the women’s residence—called The Bungalow and Cottage. This location is next door to the staff villa, where house meetings and educational groups are conducted. The Bungalow and Cottage have a zen appeal, with a meditation pond and patio for clients to meditate and practice yoga. The women’s home also has a pool, with hammocks and comfortable seating for meeting with a sponsor or socializing with other house members. All houses provide linens, towels, kitchen appliances and utensils, plus a maid service is brought to the houses twice per month.
Rules and Regulations
The Sanctuary encourages residents to always enjoy the benefit of being at a sober living, but rules are applied to maintain the integrity of the house and safety of its members. No alcohol or drug use is tolerated. If relapse occurs, a resident will be asked to leave and referred immediately to more intensive treatment. Drug tests and breathalyzers are conducted at random and if any suspicious behavior grants it. Attendance at 12-step meetings is required every day and clients must get a sponsor within two weeks of their admission. Maintaining a relationship with a sponsor and working the steps is expected throughout a client’s stay. On average, clients live at The Sanctuary for three months or more. All residents need to attend all house group meetings and participate in organized gatherings and activities.
Delray Beach is as known for its nightlife as it is for its recovery, but residents are not allowed to socialize in bars or clubs. Maintaining the upmost respect for staff and other residents is an essential part of keeping the house a healthy environment for recovery as well. All residents are expected to either work, attend school or volunteer within two weeks of their admission. If volunteering, an individual must be of service for at least 20 hours per week. Being accountable and signing out before outings is required, in addition to communicating with staff when they will be home. The Sanctuary has a curfew that changes depending on what phase an individual is in—more liberties are given the longer a residents stays sober and follows the rules.
The Sanctuary has amenities that add to each resident’s experience. Swimming pools and gym memberships enable clients to become both healthy in body and mind. Women are offered yoga, pilates and dance classes. The men can choose to participate in a sober softball league that encourages house bonding and bodily health. The Sanctuary offers job placement assistance, referrals to therapy and medical needs and transportation to meetings. Sunday evenings, a house-wide potluck is held for socializing and checking in. Daily meditation groups are held in the mornings to encourage residents to seek spirituality and peace of mind.
A sober environment that offers luxuries and a holistic recovery space is the goal for The Sanctuary staff members. At least one staff member is on property day and night to address all issues and facilitate a safe space. Offering every opportunity to grow and change, The Sanctuary is an oasis for those in recovery to reintegrate into the community and start again.
PO Box 8463
Delray Beach, FL 33483
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