Minneapolis one of the best cities to get sober and stay sober, says The Fix
Looking to heed Uncle Sam's advice? Move to "The Land of 1,000 Treatment Centers."
Minneapolis is one of the 10 best cities in the country to get and stay sober, according to a new list published by The Fix, a website that describes itself as "the world's leading website about addiction and recovery."
As The Fix's May Wilkerson notes while introducing the list, "'Pulling a geographic' in early sobriety is generally discouraged, but if you're looking to leave behind people, places and things, [we recommend] lighting out for these American cities -- each with its own unique recovery community."
Wilkerson characterizes Minnesota as the "Land of 1,000 Treatment Centers" in explaining why Minneapolis made the list.
Sometimes known as "The Land of 1,000 Treatment Centers," Minnesota is teeming with rehabs (including pioneer Hazelden), and is also home to 11 of the country's 35 public sober high schools. So Minnesotans are no strangers to a culture of recovery, and awareness about addiction is higher-than-average in the state's urban epicenter. Minneapolis AA member David praises the city's unique infrastructure of educational, legal and medical support, based around its recovery community. Even three decades ago, when he got sober, he found that there already was social and professional acceptance of people seeking treatment and recovery.
Other cities on the apparently unranked list include Boston; Delray Beach, Florida; Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville; New York City; Portland, Oregon; Precott, Arizona; and San Francisco.
You know what's shocking? No cities from beer-loving Wisconsin cracked the list.
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