Sober Living and Aftercare Programs in Southern California

It’s no secret that recovery takes time. In fact, many people will tell you that the journey is a lifelong process. While there is no singular method that works for all in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, there are certain approaches that seem to have the greatest impact on those trying to break free from addiction. While some manage to achieve a life of sobriety without professional help, most will need medical and psychological support as they begin their journey.


Research has shown that the chance for long-term success is exponentially higher in those who maintain a year of consistent sobriety. This should come as no surprise when factoring in the physical aftermath of substance use and the behavioral and circumstantial change that can occur in a year. But the question still remains: how does one begin to navigate that first year to create the best chance for long-term recovery?

When an individual completes a primary treatment program such as a drug rehab, it’s recommended that they enter an aftercare facility. Aftercare refers to a sober living environment that compliments the initial treatment. It continues to help the individual progress in their personal recovery. Sober living homes vary in their level of structure and services, so it is important to find an aftercare center that can address an individual’s needs. The continued support that aftercare centers provide is vital to continued growth and recovery. After completing a primary treatment program, higher success is found amongst those that enter an aftercare facility.


New Life House shares and expands on this initial sober living philosophy. We promote structured sober living, a daily schedule, and peer-based recovery and support systems. By participating within a recovery community an individual can better connect with a support system they can identify with. Interactions with like-minded people encourage an individual to listen and take direction from their peer group. Peers share experiences and support with one another which helps eliminate the ability for negative behaviors and actions to happen within the sober living environment.

Age-Specific Sober Living For Men 18-22 Years Old

Our New Life Houses tailored for young adults were custom built for our recovery services. Our two young adult houses are located in the heart of the South Bay. Most recognized for the neighboring beach communities, our houses are minutes away from Manhattan, Redondo and Hermosa Beach.


Our houses create an ideal living situation for young men to build healthy relationships while in a safe and comfortable environment. Coupled with our large, experienced and dedicated staff, young men can learn the life skills necessary to live purposeful responsible lives in recovery.

Age Specific Sober Living For Men 23-32 Years Old

New Life House L.A. is centrally located on the historic Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles, CA. The vibrant community of the Miracle Mile blends modern architecture and some of Los Angeles’ most visited attractions.


New Life House L.A. sits on a 6,000sq-foot property developed in the 1930’s. The house retains its beautiful original structure. Parks, shopping malls, restaurants and fashion boutiques are all within walking distance. This doesn’t just promote fun activities, but also potential job opportunities.


Coupled with peer support, New Life House’s structure is specifically tailored towards healthy living amongst the separated age groups. By imparting the skills necessary to achieve sobriety, our residents learn to live successful and meaningful lives in their recovery.


New Life House has served Southern California since 1985. Contact us for sober living in Orange County, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, San Francisco and Santa Barbara. For more information on sober living and drug rehab aftercare centers, call us today. Reach us toll free at (888) 357-7577.

What to Look For in a Sober Living Home

Sometimes, supposed sober livings overlook their abstinence policies in order to exploit people for a rent check. But don’t let this deter you from exploring extended care programs – just be wary in your research. There is a wide range of facilities across the country offering legitimate and successful treatment. Different centers cater to an array of different needs and circumstances.


Before choosing an aftercare program for you or your loved one, it is extremely important to be informed. Here are some of the factors to look for when making your decision.


One of the first questions to ask is how long the average stay is for residents at the facility. Maintaining a stable and supportive environment through the first year of recovery is incredibly important when trying to get sober. If residents are only staying a few weeks to a few months, this should raise a red flag.


If residents stay only for short periods, it’s more likely that they will relapse. Beyond that, the communal aspect of recovery and sober living homes is essential. Aftercare programs are more conducive to recovery if their residents are further along in their recovery process. People who have remained sober for longer periods can mentor newer residents to learn healthy habits.


Many addicts stray from their previous value systems to sustain the secretive and dangerous lifestyle accompanying addiction. As such, sober living programs and the sense of community they encourage are designed to displace negative behaviors.


There are a number of levels of accountability that can play a role in aftercare programs:

  1. The structure of the program itself. Are residents expected to maintain close communication with staff? Is there staff available to handle the logistics of residents, and how often are they present? Does the sober living keep tabs on the work lives of its residents? What does day to day life look like: Meetings? Sponsors? Volunteer work?


  1. Replacing old behavioral patterns with healthier behaviors. Some programs focus solely on things like talk therapy whilst allowing historically destructive behaviors (sleeping all day, playing video games for hours on end, engaging in unhealthy relationships, or gambling). To counter deeply rooted tendencies, New Life House implements structural guidelines like wake-up times, exercise regimens, group meetings and community outreach opportunities. These are a fantastic aid in the fostering of productive behavioral patterns.


  1. Culture of peer accountability. This has proven to be one of the most powerful tools in developing a new means of life. New Life House puts a heavy emphasis on accountability between the residents. This level of interpersonal involvement creates a positive and motivational environment, where the majority of support comes from fellow residents rather than staff. This fosters a long-term community born of recovering together.


Family is important in the life of a recovering addict or alcoholic, no matter the age. Deep-rooted family influence is often a major catalyst in relapse, sometimes even if the family has the best of intentions.


Extended care programs that involve the family are the most effective. Maintaining communication with immediate family can help a person repair broken family dynamics that developed over the course of their addiction. Strong familial support can do wonders in restoring self esteem that can be lost in addiction.


The community fostered by the recovery program can make or break an individual’s success. Interpersonal relations are very important in recovery. Those who surround themselves with a positive and motivated peer group have a better chance of staying sober long-term. This is also why a zero-tolerance policy for substance use should be expected as an absolute.


Beyond the immediate residents in the program, inquire about the recovery program’s involvement in the outside community. Do they partake in volunteer work? Do they have affiliations with businesses to help get residents back into the workforce? And most importantly, is the facility linked with the local recovery community?


Facilities that work to expand their support groups beyond the walls of the program provide a much more solid foundation for long-term recovery.


Our goal is to strengthen and rebuild social lives in recovery. This means that residents should embark on their journey with peers they can relate to.


Particularly for young adults, having a community of close peers can be crucial. As they learn to utilize one another for support, they develop trust and connection with others that can greatly influence their values and lifestyle.


Gender specificity is also important for young adults in recovery for the same reasons. Without drug use, people can turn to alternative means of gratification, which can often be found in romantic relations or risky behavior. While there is nothing wrong with romantic relationships in a life of sobriety, people in early recovery can sometimes gravitate towards vulnerable others. Aftercare geared towards specific genders works on allowing individuals to become comfortable being vulnerable with others without the stress of romantic relationships.


Early recovery is extremely difficult. Any number of things can trigger a person to use again. Anything from social media to contact with old friend groups to explicit movies can cause a person to relapse.


Programs that restrict these things can seem extreme. But in the context of lifelong sobriety, this precaution is a worthwhile sacrifice. It can really allow for the individual to focus solely on their recovery. Finding an aftercare program that sets these parameters can be paramount.


It is extremely hard for addicts and alcoholics to resume normal after years of substance abuse. Many aspects of daily sober life may be completely

foreign. Career-building, relationships and financial responsibility can be difficult to navigate.

New Life House uses a “step-down” or “phase” ideology, proven to be successful. This means that responsibilities and privileges are granted gradually, when the individual is deemed ready. Focusing on the inner workings and coping mechanisms of an addict can return the individual to a healthy and independent life by slowly incorporating facets of responsible adulthood. The goal is that the resident transfers seamlessly out of the sober living back to real life.

How Do I Know Which Aftercare Program Is Right For Me

The only way to know is to ask questions. If possible, visit the facility. Talk to others who have succeeded in their transition: a program with an active and prominent alumni community is an amazing gage of the effectiveness and integrity of the program. Each individual has different factors to account for, so make sure you know what works for you.


No matter what it is that you are looking for, choosing an extended care program for yourself or your loved one is incredibly important. While there are those who succeed after 28 day programs or even with no programs at all, the numbers are slim. Recovery involves a complete overhaul of an individual’s lifestyle and belief system – this cannot be done in a month.


If you, or someone that you know is looking to begin a life free from drugs and alcohol, please reach out to New Life House today.

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“The day I first stepped into New Life House, I had no idea that this was the program that would change everything. But I also felt how different it was and a glimmer of hope formed deep inside me. I met these boys, these young men who were polite and helpful and courteous. I couldn't believe they had once been like my son. Fast forward 5 years and my son is living not only a sober life but a full and happy life.”Amy S.
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