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Relapse Prevention, Our way to make a difference
August 27, 2009, 9:34 pm
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Sanctuary House of  S. Florida is proud to announce the formation of the Joseph C. Sanzeri, Jr. memorial scholarship fund.

Joseph was a 15 year old boy in the throws of addiction and lost his life, while a passenger in a vehicle.  Years later,  his brother,  James decided to open and fund Sanctuary House with the help of  friends and family.  Today,  Sanctuary House has the ability to house 30 men,  providing emergency food,  clothing,  toiletries,  and shelter.  All donations are used 100 percent for that purpose.

Since the scholarship is new,  all donations are humbly appreciated and accepted at for contact information.  One dollar or more is gladly accepted to replenish our funding and expand our outreach that is currently working to lift men out of the alcohol and drugs and help to obtain employment, furthering education, and serinity.

Sanctuary House is a non-profit organization and our mission statement is clear, the binding mission of Sanctuary House is a resolute commitment to excellence,  while providing structure and direction for a life absent of the strain caused by addiction.  Our community is emphasized by providing a place of serinity and incorporates the common goal shared between residents that lead to a lifestyle of self-determination and independent living.

This organization mandates the 12-step program.

Jared C. Cashner, CCR, N.P.

Sanctuary House of  S. Florida, Inc.

116 Northwest 25th Street

Wilton Manors, FL 33311


Relapse Prevention, things to look out for.
August 19, 2009, 3:04 pm
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At Sanctuary House of S. Florida we’re placing emphasis on looking out for “triggers’ that lead to a lapse in sobriety.

It’s important to recognize the behaviors and attitudes that can lead to an alcohol relapse or hurt your recovery from alcohol or drugs. A drug relapse begins long before the individual uses their first drug after quitting.

The Most Common Drug Relapse Dangers:

1. Being in the presence of drugs or alcohol, drug or alcohol users, or places where you used or bought chemicals.

2. Feelings we perceive as negative; particularly anger, sadness, loneliness, guilt, fear, and anxiety.

3. Positive feelings that make you want to celebrate by using.

4. Boredom.

5. Getting high on any drug.

6. Physical pain.

7. Listening to others past drug use stories and just dwelling on getting high.

8. Suddenly having a lot of cash or choosing to leave your halfway house surrounding earlier than the customary 4 to 6 month stay.

9. Using prescription drugs that can get you high even if you use them properly.

10. Believing that you no longer have to worry (complacent). That is, that you are no longer stimulated to crave drugs/alcohol by any of the above situations or by anything else . and therefore maybe it.s safe for you to use occasionally.

For more information on this topic, visit America’s mental health channel.

For a new life, free of addiction, give us a call at Sanctuary House.

Relapse Prevention, What do others say?
August 14, 2009, 7:57 pm
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Sanctuaryhouse12, Sanctuary House has been doing informal research to what others are saying about the ongoing work put towards continuation of sobriety and some advice…

Water lilies

Relapse is usually caused by a combination of factors. Some possible factors and warning signs might be:

  • Stopping medications on one’s own or against the advice of medical professionals

  • Hanging around old drinking haunts and drug using friends – slippery places
  • Isolating – not attending meetings – not using the telephone for support
  • Keeping alcohol, drugs, and paraphernalia around the house for any reason
  • Obsessive thinking about using drugs or drinking
  • Failing to follow ones treatment plan – quitting therapy – skipping doctors appointments
  • Feeling overconfident – that you no longer need support
  • Relationship difficulties – ongoing serious conflicts – a partner  who still uses
  • Setting unrealistic goals – perfectionism – being too hard on ourselves
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns, personal hygiene, or energy levels
  • Feeling overwhelmed – confused – useless – stressed out
  • Constant boredom – irritability – lack of routine and structure in life
  • Sudden changes in psychiatric symptoms
  • Dwelling on resentments and past hurts – anger – unresolved conflicts
  • Avoidance – refusing to deal with personal issues and other problems of daily living
  • Engaging in obsessive behaviors – workaholism – gambling – sexual excess and acting out
  • Major life changes – loss – grief – trauma – painful emotions – winning the lottery
  • Ignoring relapse warning signs and triggers

Almost everyone in recovery has times when compelling thoughts of drinking or using drugs resurface. In early recovery, drinking or drugging dreams are not uncommon. It helps to remind ourselves that the reality of drinking and using has caused many problems in our lives. That no matter how bad things get, the benefits of staying abstinent will far outweigh any short term relief that might be found in drugs or alcohol. Recovery takes time. Eventually the cravings, relapse dreams, and uncertainties of early recovery fade. When we are committed to dual recovery we slowly but surely develop a new confidence in our new way of life without drugs and alcohol.

At Sanctuary House, we believe overcoming these obsticles are possible for all clients.

Give us a call today.

Relapse Prevention 954-882-8363



Many people find they they can stay sober for short periods of time, but after awhile, they relapse.  A lot of people are chronic relapsers, staying sober for a month or a couple of months, only to begin the cycle of using again. For many, relapse is only a paycheck away.

Research shows that only 1 person out of 10 will stay sober a year or more after successfully completing a 28 day program.

We have seen many people relapse over the years. We have also seen many people succeed and stay sober. While those who stayed sober were different in many ways, such as race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc., they all had some things in common.

Those who maintained long-term sobriety attended 12 step meetings, lived in a structured sober house for 3-6 months after treatment, had a sponsor and engaged in sober activities in the broader community; activities such as volunteering.

The structure at Sanctuary House is based on years of experience learning by watching addicts in recovery.

If you would like to maximize your chances for long term sobriety, and enjoy your life while doing so, give us a call.  Sanctuary House may be just what you’re looking for.

Good Luck and Stay Sober!


Sanctuary House Fort Lauderdale


 click here to check out Ft Lauderdale!

At Sanctuary house, we believe addiction is a disease, not a moral deficiency. In order to heal from disease, what do we need?

We need support, healthy living, encouragement, positive, constructive activities, proper medical attention and spiritual engagement.

Sanctuary house is a unique, wholistic sober living house for gay men in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Residents come from all over the country to maximize their chances for recovery, and ultimately to re-establish an independent life, free from drugs and alcohol.

We help residents achieve this freedom and health in several ways. First, we are a gay men’s sober house, offering safety and refuge for gay men in recovery in an often homophobic world. Our house is located in Wilton Manors, a popular and active gay community in Fort Lauderdale. Within the surrounding neighborhood, there are many resources for gay men including a gay and lesbian 12 step meeting club (Lambda) The Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Poverello’s, Care Resource, Broward HouseMCC church, and many others.

Secondly, within the house, we offer a supportive environment that provides needed structure for early recovery. Residents are required to attend four outside 12 step meetings per week, and one in-house 12 step meeting. The house managers/owners live on-site and are available throughout the day to answer questions and offer support. Sanctuary house has a beautiful pool and yard area with a volley ball court, both of which are ways to begin the journey back to health, fitness and sober fun.

Thirdly, Sanctuary house encourages community ivolvement and networking. To that end, require residents to volunteer at a local agency or charity. Our goal is to help residents to cultivate safe, sober support systems to maximize ttheir chances for long term sobriety when they leave Sanctuary House to begin independent living again.

We will continue our discussion of programming at Sanctuary House in future blogs. Visit our site again for updates. Thanks for being with us!

Jared + James

Sanctuary House Ft Lauderdale


Sanctuary House of S. Florida was introduced to South Florida in January  of 2009, as a means of sober living for gay men from around the country.  According to some experts in the field, Methamphetamine use, among gay men, has reached an all time “high” of more than 250% over 10 years ago.  Having adequate sober housing for individuals strapped with the bruden of addiction, is crutial to stemming the tide for drug abuse in the country.  According to President Obama’s stimulus package, monies are being allocated towards the prevention of drugs in younger Americans and funds are coming available for such measures.

The Progress Report: Obama’s Stimulus Package

It is my belief that America needs to overhaul its drug policies to treat addiction and alcholism as a medical issue, rather than taxing the economy for funds to fill prisons with non-violant offenders.