Tired of Relapse? Try our Aftercare Housing: “Sober City”

Apartment at Sober City Living-Dining Room Kitchen Bedroom2 closet Bathroom sinkPool

Fresh Start has spent 28 years perfecting our curriculum so that each man who comes into our year-long program gets the best information, tools and counseling, much of it tailored to his individual needs. Thus, we have men graduating from the program who have made outstanding changes in their lives and have often completely remodeled themselves through Christ’s grace while here.

For many years Fresh Start has offered a small rental home as an aftercare choice in a sober living environment. But, the need is greater than what we’ve been able to accommodate. “…The fields are white unto harvest.”  Many more clients want to go into our aftercare housing but we have not had the space. So, Fresh Start saw there was a great need to expand and enhance our Aftercare Services.

Ideally, if a man completing our program is willing to submit to another 6 months of accountability with more freedoms in a sober housing environment, it increases his chance for long-term sobriety by leaps and bounds.

Because our need has been so great and we sincerely believe that learning to live outside of treatment, but with some smaller levels of accountability will help men remain sober, Fresh Start recently purchased a small, 20 unit apartment complex about 1/2 mile from our current facility for aftercare housing.  Each apartment is 2 bedroom, 2 bath and is furnished. This is a rental situation with 2 men per apartment, sharing electric and water. We are not requiring deposits or background checks that normal apartment complex’s require. There will be a required 6 month initial commitment and an option for another 6 months or possibly long-term rental. The complex is located in a quiet area, on Lake Fairview and has a pool. (see photos below).  This “sober city” will be for past, present, current and future alumni. There will be residential staff who will keep an eye on things to ensure that our sober community stays sober.

There will be some restrictions that will be spelled out in a “code of conduct” lease agreement, and it includes restrictions such as weekly support group meeting attendance and random drug screens to ensure everyone remains sober.

Currently, because we just recently purchased it and some regular tenants with leases are still living there, we initially only have 3 vacancies. As apartments come available, we will then have the opportunity to fill them with alumni.

If you are a Fresh Start alumni and are clean and sober and are interested in renting at our sober city, call the office and speak to Joe for details. 407 293-3822.

There  is also a website specifically for this at www.FSMAftercare.com 
photo - view of front building photo - Backyard view of building 12 Unit bldg KitchenBathroom Bedroom Driveway Entrance Front Yard Interior  Laundry Room   View of Unit 8

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POT: Did you know?

Research increasingly confirms that marijuana use is harmful. Acute symptoms of marijuana intoxication include impaired short-term memory, attention, judgment, and cognitive function, as well as increased heart rate.1 Symptoms that can persist for weeks after the immediate effects of marijuana have worn off include insomnia and, possibly, impaired memory and learning.2 When continued over years, a pattern of heavy, daily, or almost daily use can increase some health risks, including marijuana dependence, chronic cough or respiratory impairment, cardiovascular disease, and adverse effects on psychosocial development and mental health.2,3

The long-term effects of marijuana use on adults who initiated use as adolescents are especially striking. If marijuana use begins in adolescence when the brain is still developing, the negative impact of chronic marijuana use on cognitive function and structure can last several years and may be permanent.3,4 For example, one study of marijuana users who began using in adolescence revealed deficits in the areas of the brain responsible for learning and memory,5 which can, in turn, impact an adolescent’s ability to successfully function in the contexts of school, work, and family.1,3 Another study showed that among persistent adult marijuana users, those who started using marijuana in their youth lost as many as 8 IQ (intelligence quotient) points between the ages of 13 and 39. These lost cognitive abilities were not restored in those who quit using marijuana as adults.3

Recent data from a government report called TEDs from the (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) SAMHSA