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Why Travel to Sober Living in West Palm Beach?
When it’s time for treatment, you may often consider convenience first. But the truth is, change is a higher priority. Your first inclination may be to find a sober living close to home after treatment, but there are some very sound reasons to stay away from home for yourself or a loved one. Reasons for living far from home include:
- You get a fresh start - A new location allows you to move forward without constantly being reminded of past mistakes. Being just around the corner may seem like a good idea initially, but the goal is long-term recovery, not short-term convenience. A new environment allows clients to more easily focus on the goals of recovery and healing. Traveling to a new location can help balance the work of recovery and make the entire experience less challenging and more enjoyable. Some people can relax more when they begin recovery far from home, because they feel more hidden from people they know
- You face fewer distractions - A new place far from home doesn’t allow for as many distractions. Seeking help is a life-changing decision and ditching old, harmful patterns is necessary. That’s much easier to do with a change of scenery. Also, traveling for sober living makes it harder, on a purely practical level, for patients to continue using drugs or alcohol. They are far from dealers or familiar liquor stores that are part of their addiction and substance use history.
- You can avoid triggers more easily - In a new location, there are no memories of past substance abuse. You’re not near any locations or neighborhoods that are triggers. There are no old groups of friends that you’re tempted to track down. When people travel to sober living, they can no longer rely on old friendships, and they are placed in environments where new bonds are formed. This allows clients to begin to experience healthy relationships and learn how to build them. In a new location, you have the freedom to truly focus on you and your recovery, and that’s what the process should be all about.
- You can curb impulsive behavior - When people go to sober living close to home, it is easier for them to follow through on an impulsive decision to leave when life happens. Remaining in sober living for an adequate length of time is vital to ultimate success.
- You may find a better fit - While you may know of programs close to home, it doesn’t mean those facilities are the best fit for you. Finding the sober living that meets your unique needs is key.
Most people seeking help for addiction don’t initially plan to travel for treatment or sober living, but once they do, they see the benefits almost immediately. Taking the time to establish your new life in sobriety will give you the foundation you need for long-term sobriety and a happy, healthy future.
Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Gardens History
Edna’s Sober House is in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Palm Beach Gardens was established in 1959 by insurance magnate and landowner, John D. MacArthur. His vision was to develop approximately 4000 acres and provide homes for people in the new community. He wanted this new city to be a place to raise a family, earn a living and to realize the American dream.
Mr. MacArthur envisioned the city streets lined with trees and flowers. He loved beautiful gardens and when the name “Palm Beach City” was denied, he decided on the current name. Mr. MacArthur wisely invested millions of dollars to create the Florida community with hundreds of waterways, rolling terrain, magnificent mature pine and shade trees, and rich foliage. Because Mr. MacArthur was a lover of trees and Mother Nature, he instructed that city streets and construction go around trees that had been growing there for many years, such as Banyan trees. This made for an expensive proposition, but he wanted to build a city that was entirely new and unblemished. Churches were the first buildings to be built in the city. He wanted to ensure that the city had a variety of houses of worship to serve residents of all faiths.
Facts – County, Airport, Public Transit
Palm Beach Gardens has a population of 53,000 and is approximately 55 square miles. Palm Beach Gardens is located in north Palm Beach County. Our local airports are Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). Edna’s is only 20 minutes from PBI and about 55 minutes from FLL.
Palm Beach County has a public transit bus system called PalmTran, which serves the entire county, and Edna’s is located 2 blocks from the bus line. Palm Tran has a real-time bus information app making it simple to navigate throughout the area even when not a “local”. Palm Tran travels along US Highway One (#1 Line) and Military Trail (#3 Line) from the Palm Beach Gardens Mall all the way to the Boca Raton Mall, which is approximately 37 miles and takes about 1.5 hours to travel by bus. However, these 2 main bus lines for the county can get anyone to the other connecting buses to get to any destination or job.
Tri-Rail is the public rail system, which starts in WPB, goes all the way to Miami. Tri-Rail schedules are synced with Palm Tran’s bus schedule making the use of public transit user friendly. It can be used as transportation to Palm Beach International and Ft. Lauderdale International airports. Highways I-95, the Florida Turnpike and I-75 are all close and accessible from Edna’s and travel the length of the state in various directions.
Things To Do
Palm Beach Gardens has an abundance of attractions such as beaches and waterways. The Gardens Mall has more than 160 shops and restaurants, which offers ample opportunity for shopping or employment. Downtown at the Gardens also has unique shopping and restaurants, and the Cobb Theatre. In the local area, there is the Flagler Museum, the Norton Museum of Art and the Kravis Center of the Performing Arts. For sports fans, there is spring training baseball facilities locally for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins, which is very exciting each year. The Miami Dolphins football stadium is just one hour away and the Miami Heat play at the American Airlines Arena which is 1 ½ hours away. The local concert venue is Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach and hosts world recording artists for all musical enthusiasts. Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studio is two hours away by the Florida Turnpike.
Palm Beach Gardens has many public recreation opportunities, such as The Tennis Center with 18 courts, Aquatic Center with a 25 yard lap pool and dive well, and finally numerous public golf courses. Palm Beach Gardens also has 13 public parks for leisure, sports and grilling/picnics. One of the most magnificent of these parks is named after the city’s founder, John D. MacArthur State Beach Park. The park is considering to be one of the nation’s best state parks.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park stands out as an “island in time”. It preserves the natural heritage of subtropical coastal habitat that once covered southeast Florida. Nestled on an Atlantic Ocean front barrier island, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is the only state park in Palm Beach County. It is an environmental treasure which has been preserved for present and future generations to discover and experience.
Exploring almost two miles of pristine beach and swimming, snorkeling and fishing in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic are only the beginning of the fun you can have at the Park. Other amenities at the Park include a Welcome Center, Beach Outfitters Gift Shop, Kayak Rentals, a children’s playground, nature trails, and picnicking facilities.