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2022 Sober Living Outcomes Report

Know Someone Struggling? You’re Not Alone.

Know Someone Struggling? You’re Not Alone. We can Help.

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If you are considering treatment or are starting to realize you or a loved one may have a problem, you are not alone. The number of people suffering from addiction in America is astonishing. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million Americans (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017.1 Of those battling substance abuse, 74% struggled with an alcohol use disorder.1 Addiction is nothing to be ashamed of, we eliminate the stigma and focus on recovery.

Alcohol is virtually everywhere in America and it’s one of the most common coping mechanisms for adults. According to the 2019 NSDUH, 14.5 million (nearly 15 million) people ages 12 and older were diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD), more commonly referred to as alcoholism. Of these individuals, only 7.2% received any treatment for alcoholism in the previous year. Alcohol contributes to about 18.5% of emergency department (ED) visits and 22.1% of overdose deaths related to prescription opioids.2 If you’re struggling to stay put the drink or drug down, we’re here to help you.

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There Is Hope & Long-Term Sobriety at Real Recovery

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Most men arrive at Real Recovery bruised and battered by a lifestyle centered around alcohol and drugs. From the maladaptive behaviors that have accumulated over the years, problematic relationships, and past trauma to mental health complications, recovery is an enduring process that requires patience, dedication, and the willingness to honestly confront our addictions head-on. We may not heal overnight but we can guarantee that you can stay sober if you give sobriety 100% of your effort and are willing to take action on the suggestions from others who have recovered.

As recovered addicts and alcoholics, we’ve walked in your footsteps. Our sober living program is designed to give every man that crosses our threshold a real opportunity at achieving long-term recovery, one day at a time. Our alcohol-/drug-free communities promote health (body and mind), purpose, and passion in a supportive environment among peers who are serious about living their best life each day.

Battling Dismal Relapse Rates

We Help Clients Battle Dismal Relapse Rates

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If you’re familiar with alcoholism and addiction relapse statistics, you already know it’s an uphill battle. Between 40 – 60% of people who’ve been treated for addiction or alcoholism relapse within a year, according to a 2014 study in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

Lack of a stable, alcohol and drug free living environment can be a serious obstacle to sustained abstinence. Destructive living environments can derail recovery for even highly motivated individuals. That’s why sober living houses (SLHs) are essential for individuals transitioning from an addiction treatment center or who are new to recovery. Sober homes provide a safe, structured, and supportive alcohol and drug free environment that significantly improves abstinence outcomes.

1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
2. Alcohol Facts and Statistics. (2021, March). Retrieved March 29, 2021, from https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

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Measuring Recovery Success Rates Across Our Sober Living Alumni

As the largest sober living program in Florida, we need to measure the success rates of graduates (alumni) to ensure we are always improving our people, processes, and program to give everyone who walks through our door the best fighting chance at long-term sobriety.

In 2018, Real Recovery launched an initiative to effectively measure the recovery rate (abstinence rate) of the men who successfully complete all three phases of our sober living program.

Of the 214 men who successfully graduated from Real Recovery in 2018, we were able to track 201 (94%) alumni’s success in recovery, that is continued abstinence from alcohol and drugs. Here’s what we found:

Numbers Don't Lie In Sobriety


of alumni (687) remained clean at least 90 days after completing the program


remained (478) abstinent at least six months after graduating Real Recovery


remained (363) sober for a year or more after completing all three phases


of the alumni (304) with one year achieved their two years sober milestone 🤯 🥳


of alumni that relapsed within six months reduced or stopped attending meetings


of those with a year or more sober reported they actively sponsored others in recovery

Common Factors of Alumni Celebrating One Year or More

The great thing about our program and the collective 12-step programs available is… you can learn from other people’s experiences and, maybe, save yourself a lot of pain or inconvenience if you’re willing to pay attention. 

Of the men who remained sober for a year or more after successfully graduating from our sober living program, we found the following common denominators for what helped them achieve their recovery milestones, and what it would be wise to keep in mind when you’re ready to move out.

Step 12 Is the Denominator in Long-Term Recovery
Alumni reported sponsoring at least one newcomer who they were actively taking through the 12-steps within the last 90 days.
Meeting Makers Are More Likely To Stay Sober
Alumni reported attending at least three or more meetings per week, 74% reported consistently attending five meetings/week.
Homegroups Reinforce Accountability in Recovery
Alumni with longer-term sobriety regularly attended meetings at their homegroup and were active in their business meetings.
Stay Connected & Build A Strong Support Network
Alumni unanimously agreed that a strong social and support network helped them overcome potential relapse situations.
Optimized Daily & Weekly Routines Are Essential
Alumni strived to maintain a daily and weekly routine that included reading, meditation, and activities to relieve stress.
Get Active In Your 12-Step Program & Have Fun
Alumni reported that they participated in recovery events, enjoyed activities, and hung out with friends in AA/NA regularly.
Yes! Do Keep Calling Your Sponsor Even On Good Days
All the alumni who remained sober for a year or more reported contacting their sponsor daily or at least five times per week.
Regular Physical Activities & Exercise Matters in Sobriety
Alumni reported that regular exercise was an essential tool they used to manage stress, improve mental health, build self-esteem, and stay healthy.
Relationship + Money + Work = Leading Relapse Triggers
Relationships, money, work, and green were the #1 triggers or warning signs leading up to a relapse, after not going to meetings or doing 12-step work.

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Why Ambitious Men Choose Us

Real Recovery is a growing community of sober living homes located in the Tampa Bay area. Our properties are located throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota County). We offer a safe environment where men who are serious about recovering from the seemingly hopeless disease of alcoholism and addiction can build a new way of life filled with purpose, among likeminded sober peers.

Real Recovery provides an affordable and realistic structure built upon the principles of 12-step recovery programs to afford each resident a safe, supportive, and drug-free environment with personalized treatment plans to achieve their long-term goals and lasting sobriety.

Nationally Recognized & Certified Recovery Residence
Real Recovery is a nationally recognized and certified sober living residence with onsite certified recovery specialists that are active members of a 12-step program.
Reinforce Accountability with Random Drug Tests
Random breathalyzers, drug tests, and curfew checks ensures our sober living program provides a clean environment, where everyone is accountable for their recovery.
Modern, Clean & Dignified Apartment-Style Living
Modern renovated apartment and townhome-style sober living homes with all the amenities residents need to succeed in sobriety and maintain gainful employment.
We're Driven To Succeed in Every Aspect of Life
Our clients work, attend school, or volunteer, and participate in Real Recovery’s community events. We are an active sober community with a sense of camaraderie.

Need Help Choosing a Sober Home Location?

Whether you want to be close to home, work, the beach, or right next door to a university, one of our properties is sure to align with your goals in sobriety.

While we all suffer from a common denominator – the disease of addiction and maladaptive coping mechanisms, many of us have walked different paths to arrive at the doorstep of recovery.

Our highly trained recovery specialists and house managers can help you identify which location may best suit your needs based on your unique experience, goals, work history, and the availability or lack of transportation so you or your loved one has the best opportunity to not only remain sober but rebuild all aspects of their life.

Request a Confidential Callback for Help Today

One of our program managers will give you a call, typically within an hour to discuss our sober living program, answer any questions you might have, and help you decide if Real Recovery is a good fit for your goals in recovery.

If you need immediate help, please call us (727) 290-9156.

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