You’re living in paradise: Delray Beach, FL…where it remained comfortably warm while the rest of the country was suffering through a polar vortex. Many people probably want to hate on us but, there’s something unique and special about Delray. Here are 10 things only people in Delray understand.
10. The importance of getting a tan in the winter
You’re in South Florida and, most likely you are from another part of the country – a less sunny part. Or at least a region that doesn’t stay as warm for most of the year like here in Delray Beach. You find yourself thinking or saying, “I have to get a tan, even in the winter.” Admit it, you know you want to show off your winter tan when you visit your hometown.
Many people in recovery still have that one habit left to kick: nicotine. Many have made the switch to the ever popular Vape as (hopefully) a way to finally quit smoking. I don’t think Vapes are as popular in other parts of the States but, around Delray, you are more than likely to see someone vaping – inside or out.
8. That you live where others want to vacation
You know you’ve done it: brag to your northern friends that you get to live in a place that others come for vacation. Coming to Delray Beach to get clean has earned you some bragging rights – it is quite the transformation to get clean and sober. So, go ahead, be grateful to live in paradise.
7. That Coffee Shops = Ultimate Hangout
Coffee – the new crack. If you stop by Spot Coffee, Coffee District or Starbucks, you are bound to see someone you know. This might be the place to meet before or after hitting a meeting, too.
6. Moving to Delray for treatment
If you live in Delray, more than likely, you moved here to get clean. And you stayed because, well, it is the Recovery Capital, which brings us to …
5. That you unknowingly got clean in The Recovery Capital
A lot of people come here for drug and alcohol treatment not knowing that this is the place to be for getting clean and sober. And then there are others – who are from here or, like me, moved here without the intention of getting clean but, when we decided to, realized that we were in the perfect place to begin recovering. #mindblown
4. That flip-flops are an integral part of your wardrobe
Living in Delray Beach, it’s likely that you wear flip-flops or sandals for any and every occasion. Even the gym.
3. That a scooter/bicycle is a telltale sign of someone in recovery
Either you own a scooter or bicycle as your main means of transportation or, you now have your car back (or you’ve purchased a beater) but, whenever you see someone riding one of these, you know damn well that they’re in recovery.
2. That there are more people living here who are from New Jersey than any other place (except maybe New Jersey)
Most of your sober friends and acquaintances have more than sobriety in common…they all most likely hail from the great state of New Jersey (and bring with them all the culture and class of their home state).
1. That when you see a white van on the road, it’s packed with people in rehab
Also affectionately called “druggie buggies,” the abundance of white vans on the road are yet another telltale sign that you truly are in Delray – the Rehab Capital.
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.