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Sober house operator welcomes crackdown on ‘flop houses’

Joshua Cope, 25, doesn’t mind sharing his story. He grew up in Hartford, Conn. When he was 14, his uncle prepared the dosage and shot him up with heroin.

“I hungered for it ever since,” he said in an interview last week.

Cope said he faced multiple felony charges in his late teens and spent several months in jail. In his early 20s, he earned a business degree from the University of Connecticut and other trade certifications, but also maintained a drug habit. He used alcohol and crack cocaine.

Eventually, he walked the streets homeless. About six months ago, he came to Florida and entered treatment. After treatment, he moved into Fellowship Living Facilities in Margate. He turned 25 in the sober living house, or halfway house.

“I’ve never been happier in my life,” he said. “I think I was meant to come to this place.”

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