Tampa Bay’s Premier Recovery Residence Community Our Sober Living Program for Men Hundreds of men have passed through our doors, many are still sober today and continue to work a solid 12-step program. Here’s what we know from experience—if you’re willing to put in the effort required to live a clean, successful life, you too can achieve whatever life goals you desire. It won’t be easy. If you think you are ready, willing to be rigorously honest and follow a simple yet effective 12-step program, we’ll do everything in our power to help you. Make no mistake, our disease is ruthless and deadly, that is the morbid reality of the path we walk. Hundreds of men have passed through our doors, many are still sober today and continue to work a solid 12-step program. If you’re willing to put in the effort required to live a clean, successful life, you too can achieve whatever life goals you desire. A Reliable Solution To a Chronic Disease: Men's Sober Living Alcoholics and addicts don’t recover overnight. There isn’t a simple or magical instant cure. Successfully completing a drug and alcohol treatment rehab program and re-entering society as a sober individual is not a linear process, early sobriety often feels like a rollercoaster of ups and downs with its unique challenges each person has to face head-on. Our men’s sober living program is structured to help you navigate this difficult process. From developing new coping strategies, addressing trauma, building new relationships and a support network to working the steps, developing relapse prevention skills, and finding a purpose in life to become self-sufficient. Our recovery professionals at Real Recovery work closely with each resident to help every client tackle the challenges that lie ahead in their journey to sober living. Sober Living Program Costs & Fees Our men's sober living program costs include on-site case management, utilities such as electricity, high-speed internet, trash, and water are also included. A $150 one-time administration fee is due upon intake (the day a resident moves in). Each apartment or townhome is fully furnished including modern appliances, décor, and furniture; residents are required to pay for their own daily essentials like cleaning supplies, groceries, laundry items, transportation, etc. We are not a hospital or medical center, we do not accept medical insurance. Breathalyzer and drug testing is included with monthly program fee. Why Choose Our Men's Sober Living Program? Deciding on the right recovery program can be a challenging process. Our sober living program in Tampa Bay offers a comprehensive approach to recovery, providing residents with a safe, supportive, and structured environment. We believe that sober living isn’t just about abstaining from substances—it’s about developing the life skills, habits, and mindset necessary for a fulfilling life free from addiction. We stand apart from other sober living facilities because we are deeply invested in your long-term success. We offer tailored recovery plans, dedicated staff support, and a strong community atmosphere to help each resident regain control of their life. Benefits of a Men's Sober Living Environment A men’s sober living environment provides a unique range of benefits designed to facilitate recovery and personal growth. Provides a stable, drug-free environment, crucial during the early stages of recovery to prevent relapses. Enables gender-specific recovery, fostering camaraderie, understanding, and mutual support through shared experiences among the residents. Includes regular check-ins, group meetings, and individual counseling to ensure continued progress and accountability. Assists in rebuilding life outside recovery with job search assistance, skill development programs, and community reintegration activities. We also help our residents rebuild their life outside recovery by providing job search assistance, skill development programs, and community reintegration activities. How Our Program Promotes Lasting Recovery Our men’s sober living program in Tampa Bay is designed with long-term recovery in mind. We incorporate evidence-based practices and individualized recovery plans to address each resident’s unique needs and challenges. We believe that recovery is a journey that extends beyond the physical aspects of addiction. Therefore, we focus on promoting holistic healing, which includes mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Our program offers various activities and therapies, including physical fitness sessions, mindfulness training, and recreational activities to foster a balanced lifestyle. We encourage our residents to apply the skills and lessons learned during their stay into their daily lives, fostering a sustainable and fulfilling sobriety. Our Phased Approach to Men's Sober Living Real Recovery’s men’s sober living program for men is designed with a structured three-phase approach that helps residents remain accountable without unnecessary restrictions on freedom. After all, we’re not here to babysit but we know from experience that a little structure goes a long way in early recovery. Phase 1 (0 – 31 Days) The first 30-days at Real Recovery are crucial as each newcomer integrates with their community and peers. During the first month, each member is expected to: Identify their goals (recovery, personal, professional, and/or education-related) Attend five AA/NA meetings (or another approved 12-step program) Get a 12-step sponsor and begin actively working their 12-step program Find a “homegroup” – a meeting each resident enjoys and decides to attend regularly Attend weekly peer support “house meetings” facilitated by staff where everyone shares how their week went, meetings attended, any accomplishments or shortfalls, and their goals or commitments for the next week, as well as, discuss any community concerns. Abide by the 30-day curfew; 11:00 PM Sunday – Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday Overnight passes are not available for residents with less than 31 days It’s during the first month that the “fog” of alcohol and substance abuse begins to lift. Most residents see a general lift in mood, optimism, and begin to see the benefits of the program. Many of us in early recovery often experience “cloud nine” or what some call the “pink cloud effect” where life feels grand, a sort of ‘high on sobriety’ feeling if you will. Phase 2 (31 Days – 6 Months) Phase two begins after residents have had an opportunity to integrate themselves into the Real Recovery community. By this stage, many clients are actively participating with peers, sharing experiences, and have shown they are committed to not only their recovery but also personal and professional development. Expectations during phase two include: Attend five AA/NA meetings (or another approved 12-step program) Actively participating in their 12-step recovery program – sharing in meetings, building a support network, obtaining meeting commitments (such as making coffee, cleaning, or greeting, etc.), and attending the monthly business meeting of their homegroup Residents with 31 days or more can request up to two overnight passes per month Curfew is extended to midnight during weeknights (Sunday – Thursday), and 1:00 AM on Friday and Saturday night) During phase two is where the magic happens but it’s also the most challenging time in early recovery. By six months, most residents have completed the 8th step and have already experienced several of the “12 Step Promises.” Phase 3 (9 – 18 Months) While Real Recovery does not have set times for when a resident can or cannot move out, most clients typically stay for at least six months to upwards of 18 months. If possible, we always recommend that men stay until they have completed all 12-steps and have at least one sponsee. During phase three, successful residents display the following traits: They are an active pillar within Real Recovery’s community Have a strong AA and non-AA social support network that they rely on whether they are experiencing challenges in early sobriety or when life is going well Stable employment, financial security, and self-sufficiency Have experienced a fundamental shift in their behavior, outlook, belief system, and have experienced several of the “the 12-step promises” coming true in their life Are near completing or have completed the 12-steps and actively sponsoring newcomers With hundreds of successful alumni, many of which are still sober today — experience has shown that men who have completed all 12-steps, developed a strong social support network, are sponsoring newcomers, and worked with Real Recovery’s staff to create a realistic exit plan before moving out typically maintain their sobriety for at least 12 months after graduating. What is Sober Living for Men? Real Recovery’s sober living program for men is designed with a structured three-phase approach that helps residents remain accountable without unnecessary restrictions on freedom. After all, we’re not here to babysit but we know from experience that a little structure goes a long way in early recovery. A sober living home sometimes called a “halfway house” or “transitional living,” is a group residence or community with a structured program that helps support individuals who are in the early recovery stage of addiction with a safe alcohol-/drug-free environment.It can be extremely challenging transition right from treatment to living alone, especially if a client returns to an old area where they wer active in their addiction. The lack of a stable, alcohol and drug-free living environment can be a serious obstacle in early recovery. Destructive living environments near places, people, and things associated with previous drug or alcohol use can easily derail recovery for even the most motivated individuals in the early stages of recovery.Men’s sober living homes act as a transitional program for people who have graduated from inpatient addiction care centers (rehabs), and especially benefit those who did not have the opportunity or could not afford an inpatient treatment program. Sober homes provide the essential structure, safety, and support by professional addiction recovery professionals to give residents the best opportunity to create the necessary strong foundation required to achieve long-term abstinence. Sober homes are different from rehab centers; rehab centers generally offer a more intensive recovery experience and give residents less freedom. Many sober living homes operate like a co-op, where a group of residents pays rent and upkeeps the home as if it were their own. People who reside in sober living facilities can usually come and go as they please as long as they follow certain rules. For example, a quality sober living home will require residents to attend a set number of relevant 12-step program meetings (typically AA or NA), abide by a curfew, maintain stable employment, volunteer or continue their education, participate in peer support group activities, and take care of daily responsibilities such as chores. These simple rules help residents learn to be responsible, help cultivate accountability, and develop the healthy everyday habits we’re familiar with to be productive members of society. The ideal sober living home will not only prohibit you from using drugs and alcohol, but also provide a sober support system for you to lean on, and encourage the skills needed for you to live a happy and healthy life. Sober Living Home vs a Half-Way House If you’re familiar with the treatment of addiction, and 12-step or other recovery programs, you’ve probably heard the terms sober living and half-way house used interchangeably. While sober homes and half-way houses are similar in several ways, they are not the same.Sober living homes and halfway houses share several common characteristics, first and foremost purpose – both sober living residences and halfway houses provide shelter and support for individuals pursuing alcohol and drug-free lifestyle.Both can also be invaluable resources for people who have recently completed residential treatment, attended an outpatient program, or left incarceration by providing several benefits, including holding residents accountable, reducing environmental and emotional relapse triggers, and helping residents establish a strong foundation, including a recovery support network, that studies have shown increase the likelihood of achieving long-term sobriety.The main difference between sober living homes and half-way house relates to quality of the accommadations, amnities, and the fact that people choose to live in a sober home, not as a condition of parole or a “nudge from the judge.” Key Differences between Sober Living Homes and Halfway Houses Key Differences between Sober Living Homes and Halfway Houses While sober living homes and halfway houses serve a common purpose, they are fundamentally different in several ways. First, halfways houses are often state-sponsored and are designed to benefit individuals who are transitioning back into society from incarceration and those who have completed a court-assigned drug and alcohol treatment program in place of serving time in county jail or prison.e rules help residents learn to be responsible, help cultivate accountability, and develop the healthy everyday habits we’re familiar with to be productive members of society. The ideal sober living home will not only prohibit you from using drugs and alcohol, but also provide a sober support system for you to lean on, and encourage the skills needed for you to live a happy and healthy life. At a sober living home, the resident is responsible for paying for their rent, food, and essential everyday items; whereas, halfway house facilities are usually funded by the US Federal Court system (DOJ) so cost is another key difference. As with most goods and services we purchase, the quality of an item is usually reflected in the cost.Due to how sober living homes and halfway houses are funded, their quality of recovery services, access to addiction professionals, amenities, and general accommodations differ greatly. Halfway houses tend to be the less expensive option because they have fewer luxury amenities like comfortable leather couches, smart TVs, high-speed internet, and modern appliance. Halway houses are more densely packed, offer less privacy, and are not managed by people in recovery. Also because many individuals at state or federally sponsored halfway houses are required to live there, not everyone is as serious about recovery or willing to actively pursue long-term sobriety which can lead to less than ideal recovery outcomes. In contrast, sober living homes are incorporated as a business or ran as a nonprofit organization, and more often managed by recovered addicts or alcoholics who have established themselves in the local recovery community.Real Recovery was founded by Patrick, an active member of AA and NA, and all of our staff members are recovering addicts or alcoholics. In short – our staff are not only Certified Recovery Support Specialists (CRRS) but have directly experienced what it means to progress through active addiction/alcoholism to achieve long-term sobriety. This has allowed us to create a realistic recovery program that resonates with our residences, one that is founded on direct experiences, and enables residents to truly connect on a deeper level across Real Recovery’s sober living program. We don’t speak from a position of authority or regurgitate clinical textbooks – we’re able to provide unfiltered, no bullshit feedback, and suggestions in recovery that have produced the results residents can see firsthand. How Much Do Sober Living Homes Cost? Just like any product or service you might pay for, the cost of sober living can vary greatly across different programs. That Malibu luxury sober living home (aka sober living resort) with daily gourmet meals, first-class amenities, and private rooms with Tempurpedic beds will undoubtedly be more expensive than your average sober living community. The cost of a sober living home is dependent on the amount of individual care offered, the level of structure, amenities available, location, length of treatment, and of course the general accommodations. Just like any product or service you might pay for, the cost of a sober living residence can vary greatly across different programs. That Malibu luxury sober living home (aka sober living resort) with daily gourmet meals, first-class amenities, and private rooms with Tempurpedic beds will undoubtedly be more expensive than your average sober living community.The cost of a sober living home is dependent on the amount of individual care offered, the level of structure, amenities available, location, length of treatment, and of course the general accommodations.What’s important is that individuals and families thoroughly research and find the ideal sober living home program that offers the best mix of value and quality of services that matches their budget. Most insurance companies do not cover sober living programs so finding a sober living residence you can afford is an important first step. At Real Recovery, one of the primary goals we set out to achieve was to create a clean, comfortable, and high-quality sober environment that offered modern apartment-style living with all the amenities that residents would need to build a better life. Each of our newly renovated properties features comfortable beds, granite countertops, new appliances, leather couches, smart TVs, high-speed internet, and décor that come together to create a space residents can proudly call their temporary home.Having experienced the good, bad, and ugly of sober living homes – we are confident that you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better sober living program at our cost. Check Out Our Awesome Sober Homes How To Find a Quality Sober Living Home in Tampa Bay Studies have shown that a living environment that is unhealthy is a large factor that influences relapse rates for those in the early stages of recovery. Unhealthy environments like old people, places, or things have serious effects on even those who have very good intentions. A Tampa Bay sober living home in Florida provides the necessary stability, support, and encouragement in the early recovery stage. Both young adults and adolescents should stay in a Tampa Bay area Sober living home in Florida for at least a year or more. There is always the feeling of uncertainty when family members and parents try to locate a sober living home that suits a loved one or child. Find the Best Location for You See What Our Residents Have to Say About Real RecoveryWe believe that everyone that wants to get sober should have the opportunity to do so in a safe, clean, and respectable environmen. Check out our testimonials Finally a sober living that is about helping people on the road to recovery, that adheres to a set of strict standards to ensure the comfort and safety of the clients over an extra dollar being made. These guys practice integrity in an industry riddled with greed. They take sobriety very seriously and operate with professionalism.Ethan Svia Google - St. Petersburg PropertyI have struggled for many years with a debilitating case of untreated alcoholism , until I made the life changing decision to come to Real Recovery St.Pete. With the support of staff, and residents alike, I am still sober sober 13 months later. I can not say enough good things about this place! Thank you Real Recovery!Kyle Kvia Google - St. Petersburg PropertyI have been to other Sober Living houses and Real Recovery is the best. They drug test to keep people honest. They make sure clients are responsible and clean their house. The House Managers are awesome. If you are serious about recovery this is a great place to live. Several meetings on site.Dan Bvia Google - Clearwater PropertyReal Recovery is the best choice in all regards. Their facilities are amazing, the amount of work and money the owner puts into his properties is unmatched. The programs they have are also the best. House managers are also super involved, go to the same meetings and know what is going on with the clients. Jonathan Avia Google - North Tampa PropertyI recently moved into Real Recovery and I have been very impressed! I came from a sober living situation in St. Pete but moved back home to Bradenton. If you are looking for a clean, sober living environment - this is it! Mark is a very open and relatable person to talk to. The men here are open, eager to help, and make you feel welcome.Rob Bvia Google - Bradenton-Sarasota PropertyI been in Real Recovery of Tampa for a month now and it was by far the best decision I ever made after completing 30 days of inpatient rehab at Turning Point. RR is teaching me how important it is to make friends in recovery and to get out of my comfort zone. Thank you to for welcoming and helping me on this journey in recovery.Bob B Jrvia Google - Tampa Property 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. First Name* Phone*Best Time to Contact*Best Time to ContactLate Morning (10:00-12:00p)Early Afternoon (1:00p-3:00p)Late Afternoon (3:00p-5:00p)Email* Current* EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.