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June 24, 2017
Addicted to rehab: A look at Florida's sober houses

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Delray City Commissioner Jim Chard says there wasn't a sober house in sight when he bought his home 15 years ago. Today, he calls his neighborhood "the epicenter of the epicenter."

Treatment and Recovery

Addicted to rehab: A look at Florida's sober houses

Mike Vogel | 4/26/2017

On the corner in front of his brightly painted home in the Osceola Park neighborhood of Delray Beach, retiree and newly elected City Commissioner Jim Chard gestures toward a home across the street to the northeast, a “sober house” where recovering addicts live during part of the rehab process.

He points directly across the street to the north to another sober house. He points west. Two more sober houses. His immediate neighbor and the house just beyond to the south are sober houses. “If it were just one house, we would welcome them with open arms,” Chard says, but “it’s destroying neighborhoods.”
Chard says there wasn’t a sober house in sight when he bought his home 15 years ago. Today, he calls his neighborhod “the epicenter of the epicenter.”

As Delray and other communities around Florida have found out, there are big bucks to be made in the business of housing recovering and relapsed addicts.

ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: State Attorney Dave Aronberg; Delray Mayor Cary Glickstein; John Lehman; Attorney Jeffrey Lynne; American Clinical Solutions; Kenneth Chatman; Daniel Kandler

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