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For Women Who Desire
A Life of Recovery

Giving You the Support You Need in Living a Sober Life

A 12 STEP BASED RECOVERY RESIDENCE IN
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA

Our mission is to provide a safe, healthy and supportive transitional living environment for women preparing to face the world free from alcohol and drug addiction.

At Edna's Sober House, our primary commitment is with the client and their family. We consider it a privilege to assist the newly sober woman with a compassionate and consistent support system, while in a somewhat fragile and vulnerable condition - both physical and emotional. Our house believes in peer group recovery to help individuals gain strength and coping skills in a safe, substance free environment.

Our Approach

Edna’s understands that women have unique needs and concerns when it comes to their recovery, and that for many, gender specific women’s sober living is a crucial element of a successful recovery program. Our women’s sober living home in Palm Beach Gardens provides space for women to heal and grow. With the deep belief in the life-changing power of sisterhood and community, our women’s sober living specific structure helps every woman gain independence, balance and strength in recovery. Whether a woman is focused on education and career development, creating healthier lifestyle habits, or simply wants to transition back into her every-day life with the safety and support of a recovery community, Edna’s will help them get on the right path. We believe the process of recovery from addiction is a spiritual one, and that every woman should be afforded the love, compassion and thoughtfulness necessary to rebuild their lives.

Finding Help in Early Recovery

To find the will to begin to overcome addiction, you need motivation. Some people are motivated by their family or partner. Some people are motivated by fear of death, of goals never met, and lost opportunities. From motivation, the spiritual path can be found. The first choice will have to be made by the addicted person, but from there, it’s important to recognize the role that sober living plays in making the choice to do something different. Nothing changes if nothing changes. The proper healing environment is critical in early recovery. An environment of support, sisterhood and fellowship can be paramount in the success of the newly sober woman. Healthy friendships are important in recovery because they provide outlets for stress and help those recovering feel better, while also helping them develop skills they can be proud of. A stronger self esteem is important in the fight against addiction, because it can give a woman more to hold onto when the urge to relapse comes.

Finding Help in Early Recovery

To find the will to begin to overcome addiction, you need motivation. Some people are motivated by their family or partner. Some people are motivated by fear of death, of goals never met, and lost opportunities. From motivation, the spiritual path can be found. The first choice will have to be made by the addicted person, but from there, it’s important to recognize the role that sober living plays in making the choice to do something different. Nothing changes if nothing changes. The proper healing environment is critical in early recovery. An environment of support, sisterhood and fellowship can be paramount in the success of the newly sober woman. Healthy friendships are important in recovery because they provide outlets for stress and help those recovering feel better, while also helping them develop skills they can be proud of. A stronger self esteem is important in the fight against addiction, because it can give a woman more to hold onto when the urge to relapse comes.

Family

Recovery from addiction and alcoholism isn’t easy. Many will struggle for some time before they find a sense of serenity with their recovery. Family members play a vital role in their loved one’s recovery development and growth. Edna’s strive to educate families on how to improve communication, avoid enabling behaviors, set and maintain healthy boundaries, identify the signs of risk and relapse, and know where to turn for help when their loved one is struggling. Positive, healthy family relationships take time to develop and this can begin to happen as the family gains an understanding of the disease in its’ many forms. Families need to discuss expectations and rules, to have an open dialogue to know how to support one another in a healthy way.

Edna’s will work with our clients and their families from the start. We will coach the family on how they can help their loved one, and in which ways they should not help so as not to enable their loved one further. We will coach our clients on healthy activities of daily living, self-care including good eating habits, responsibility and healthy choices in friendships. Often the side-effects of addiction and alcoholism will have legal, financial and health implications. We will work to help clients and their families find the resources they need to navigate these challenges.

Women’s Sober Living Benefits

Sober living homes provide structure. Many women in recovery feel alone and feel like the weight of sobriety is too much to bear alone. Sober living homes present an opportunity to discover how others deal with many of these same fears and feelings, and how those who have been sober for a long time continue to motivate themselves to stay clean and sober. Recovery never ends, and over time, stress can mount. Having others to hold onto is important to convince you to stay on the straight and narrow. One way to ensure that you’re always involved in recovery without constantly making things about yourself is to get involved in the recovery of others. Get active in local sobriety groups, keep the spirit of recovery alive by encouraging others to come together and help one another stay motivated.

Choosing Your Sober Living

Structure: Choose a sober living house with structure. A structured environment holding residents accountable for their actions is necessary in early recovery. One key component of our program is to keep the clients on a regular schedule. Something as simple as waking up and having your bed made by 9 a.m. is an important start to building a healthy routine for life. Adding a daily chore assignment, allows individuals to be accountable for contributing to the overall ‘health’ of the house. It should be required that all residents have a commitment of at least 30 hours each week to a job, school, out-patient treatment or volunteering. Instilling a sense of responsibility helps the residents to become contributing members of society. A structured home should also do random drug testing each week for their residents. And finally, the program should have a recovery path it follows. We believe in the 12 Step modeled programs that provide a healthy foundation for those in early recovery. 12 Step meetings are a key part of an individual’s daily work towards a long-term recovery path

Location and Cost: The lowest cost is not always the best place for you and your recovery. A sober living home that charges a low price typically is not able to have experienced staff. The net result is a low level of accountability and supervision at the home. Homes with a low price point are often not well-maintained. And lastly, many of the bargain sober living homes choose to locate in ‘bad neighborhoods.’ Choosing this type of house location places their residents in an environment of drugs and other substances that need to be avoided during early recovery.

Take a Tour: Choosing a sober living home based upon a single telephone call is not advisable. Do your homework when searching for a sober living home. Continuing-care therapists from your treatment center are usually a good source for well-qualified homes. These individuals have typically done a fair amount of research and established relationships with reputable sober living homes in the area. Ask ladies who “have what you want” if they could recommend any houses then go and tour the house. Do not let yourself to be pressured during an initial phone call or tour. Use the initial call to simply gather needed information. Always have questions ready to be asked during your conversation. When possible, try to compare multiple homes before reaching a final decision.

Kitchen & Pantry: Choose a sober living home that has adequate kitchen space and appliances to prepare proper nutrition. Most addicts come into early sobriety malnourished. They have usually survived on a steady diet of fast food. Addiction recovery is about establishing new healthy habits. Nutrition needs to play an important role in an overall recovery program. The house should have a kitchen and appliances in place that makes available space to prepare healthy meals for yourself. Sharing meals with your housemates is an opportunity to share nutritional information and cooking techniques, and also to build strong friendships. There should be an emphasis on and understanding of the role that a healthy mind and body play in early sobriety. Food serves as the fuel for the body and making wise meal choices can help to repair some of the damage that occurred during addiction.

Certified by State Organization: Choose a sober living that is a member of Florida Association of Recovery Residences. In order to be a certified home with FARR, a sober residence must meet certain quality standards. The sober living home will undergo a rigorous inspection of all aspects of the business, insurances, including ethics and proper procedures, prior to being accepted into FARR. Other parts of the country have their own organizations to help maintain a high level of quality of care for sober living home residents. Be sure to ask what organizations they participate with in the community.

Recommendations: Choose a sober living home by getting references from other clients/families. What do past clients have to say about their experiences at the sober living home? What do their loved ones have to say regarding their observations? Speaking with current or past clients is a great way to confirm the experiences of others during their stay. Be sure to have questions ready to ask the individuals when speaking with them. This is an extra step, but well worth the time invested to gather the necessary information for your decision.

Population/Single Gender: Choose a sober living home that is that is gender specific. Studies have shown that men and women experience addiction differently. Each sex has their own specific reasons for turning to drugs and alcohol. Individuals in early recovery need to avoid any unnecessary distractions. Residents of a coed home tend to focus on members of the opposite sex as opposed to doing the necessary work for their own recovery. Relationships in the first year historically lead to relapse. Women with the women, men with the men is a healthy approach.

Location/Access to Meetings & Employment: Chose a sober living home that is accessible to your life. Choosing a sober home that is accessible to shopping, employment, public transportation and meeting locations is important. Where are the meeting club houses or locations in proximity to the house? Where are their churches and places of worship in the area? And is the house located in proximity to the locations you travel to during any given week.

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