Living in a community made up mostly of recovering addicts may seem like an attractive prospect to a newly sober individual. However, the sad truth is that most people in recovery relapse at least once. With so many people relapsing in one place there is bound to be a large market for illegal drugs. Delray Beach, a community consisting of many people in recovery, has one of the worst opiate problems in the country. Living in an area with a lot people in early recovery is not a reason for you to let your guard down.
While there are many legitimate halfway houses, there are those which exist solely to make money. Seedy halfway houses may keep deposits and charge fees for relapses, but they ultimately allow active users to stay as long as they can continue to pay rent. This is dangerous for people who want to get sober, but end up living around people who are constantly using. A lot of relapses that could have been prevented occur because of halfway houses that do not care whether or not their residents stay sober.
In Delray Beach specifically, most of the young people are in recovery. As a result, drug dealers are particularly indiscriminate when it comes to who they offer drugs. At popular hangout spots, dealers will openly approach people with drugs. Also, if you find yourself going through a bad area of town, it is not uncommon for people to assume that you are seeking out drugs and to approach you. Because relapse is so common, dealers see recovering addicts as an easy source of income. This can be a difficult temptation for addicts to face because the drugs are there even if the addicts are not searching for them. It only takes a second for someone to make a decision on impulse and wind up back at square one.
Many recovering addicts also use legal or semi-legal substances that will not show up on drug tests. Common examples of this are spice, kratom, DXM, and Benadryl. Even residents of strict halfway houses can use these substances without getting caught. By AA standards, their use would be considered a relapse because they are strong mind-altering substances that interfere with a user’s ability to function. However, some addicts use their legality as an excuse to consider their consumption acceptable. This is dangerous because people using these legal highs often live with others who are serious about recovery. If the attitude about legal highs not being a big deal spreads to other residents, it can cause more unnecessary relapses.
Although a community of recovering addicts may seem like a great place to get sober, it does have its drawbacks. Since relapse rates are so high, the accessibility of illegal drugs is very high. There is also a market for legal highs and their use is common. As it says in the big book, changes of conditions and environment are not what lead to sobriety. The changes have to occur internally as opposed to externally.
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