Information For Recovering Residents & Their Families

The Benefits of Sober Living

The transition from inpatient addiction treatment care to a regular daily life outside of treatment can be extremely challenging. During inpatient substance abuse treatment, individuals are protected from the triggers and negative influences that they will face upon return to society that can lead to a drug or alcohol relapse. Sober living supports sustained recovery after treatment by providing addicts and alcoholics in early recovery with much needed stability in a safe, structured, and supportive environment free from drugs and alcohol. This is the perfect setting for those in early recovery that makes building a foundation for long-term sobriety possible.

The Lilly Pad Early Recovery Program Provides:

  • Accountability
  • Structure & Routine
  • Stability
  • Support
  • Safety
  • Supervision
  • Guidance
  • A place to build healthy relationships
  • Sober fun

According to the National Institutes of Health, lack of this supportive, healthy environment can be a serious obstacle to lasting recovery. Change is a long-term process and sober living plays a key role. Our program is committed to helping women transform their lives one day at a time, making recovery from drug and alcohol addiction possible.

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The Role Of The Family

Family plays a critical role in a woman’s recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. As your loved one works on developing their recovery, it is advised that all families involved begin work on their own recovery. Addiction is a family disease. The alcoholism or drug addiction of a loved one can cause serious emotional and psychological effects on the family. The term recovery is not limited to drugs and alcohol. We see family members suffer from a wide range of feelings such as anger, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, shock, denial, depression and codependency. Families affected by the disease of addiction who seek support and are willing to work through the emotional and psychological distress, get better.


Al-Anon Teaches The “3 C’s”:

  • We didn’t cause it – it is not the family’s fault the addict drinks or uses
  • We can’t control it – the family is powerless over the addict’s desire to drink or use
  • We can’t cure it – there is no medical cure

What families can do is contribute to the recovery of their loved one. The best thing a family can do is become educated on addiction and the recovery process. This teaches families healthy coping mechanisms, the dangers of enabling, tools for positive loving action, and how to understand addiction as a disease.

The role of the family is to seek out and regularly attend family support groups during a loved one’s time in treatment and continued care in a sober living residence. Having a loved one suffer from addiction creates a lot of family turmoil. It affects all who are around it. Support groups help families find serenity and peace of mind as a solution to the havoc. This lays the ground for acceptance of the addiction, which is the first step toward being a healthy support so that the struggling loved one has the best chance at recovery.

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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

  • I am interested in sober living at The Lilly Pad of St. Augustine, now what?

    If you or a loved one is interested in finding out more information about our program, please call the number listed on the website. You will be connected with one of our directors who can answer all of your questions. If you consider the Lilly Pad for yourself or your loved one, a pre-admission assessment will be done over the phone. If appropriate, a bed can be reserved by paying the non-refundable admin fee via our website and submitting the online application.

  • What is the age range of women in the house?

    The Lilly Pad is a highly structured recovery residence for women aged 18 to 60 that have completed residential treatment and are seeking to build their recovery skills among their peer group.

  • Do you have doctors on staff?

    No. The Lilly Pad is not a treatment center and does not have doctors on staff. Our team has the experience and knowledge of the twelve steps to guide your loved one through their recovery. We are the link between successful primary treatment and long-term recovery. The Lilly Pad provides structure, support, and accountability, but allows the residents’ clinical care to come from psychiatrists, therapists and clinical programming out in the local community.

  • How often do you drug test residents?

    Residents are drug screened consistently and randomly throughout their stay at The Lilly Pad. This typically corresponds to 1 or 2 tests a week, but additional tests will be administered if staff finds it necessary. Samples will be sent to the laboratory for a more detailed urinalysis capable of detecting additional substances at no out of pocket cost to the resident. Laboratory costs are billed to resident’s insurance company when benefits are available, however scholarships may be granted at the discretion of the lab.

  • What happens if there is a relapse?

    The Lilly Pad has zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol use.* In the case of a relapse, a resident is discharged. The resident under the influence of drugs or alcohol is isolated from their peers in the house and remains under constant supervision of on-duty staff until a transfer can be made. Families are called immediately. Staff will follow the protocol on the emergency discharge plan in the resident’s file. Facilitation back to the referring treatment center or detox is Plan A. We always ensure a resident is transferred some place safe when a relapse takes place.

  • Can families visit?

    Family visitation is encouraged after a resident reaches 30 days in the program. The guideline for family visitation is one weekend per month maximum.

  • Can I have my car?

    Yes. The vehicle must be registered, insured, and in good working order. The Lilly Pad must have a copy of insurance. Vehicle keys are turned in nightly to staff, where they will be kept in The Lilly Pad safe and returned in the morning. Vehicles are a privilege at The Lilly Pad. If a vehicle is misused, that privilege may be revoked or restricted.

  • Do you provide transportation?

    Transportation to AA/NA meetings, experiential outings, the grocery store and pharmacy is provided. The staff at The Lilly Pad also provide transportation for any endeavor that fits a resident’s goals (i.e. vocational or academic goals).

  • Do the Case Management and Life Coaching services cost extra?

    Case Management and Life Coaching services are included in the administrative fee and are provided to every resident at no additional cost.

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