What is New Life House?
New Life House is a structured sober living home for young men in Los Angeles, CA. Our location on the sunny coast of Southern California is ideal for relaxation and recovery. What’s more is that Southern California has a strong 12 Step community wherein our residents can feel motivated and supported by peers throughout their recovery journey.
New Life House places a strong emphasis on 12 Step recovery. While residing with us, young men live within a safe and supportive atmosphere where they can begin to utilize the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous in their daily lives. Unlike traditional sober livings, New Life House is tailored to work specifically with young men. We believe this peer-based support network allows men to create meaningful relationships with others they can relate to and identify with.
This is essential for a young man’s recovery from addiction. Having a support system and sober friends aids with the difficulty young adults face in today’s social activities. Participating in a community of like-minded men helps to keep them from social scenes such as bars, nightclubs and house parties where alcohol and drugs can be easily accessed.
What is Sober Living?
Sober living home, also referred to as halfway houses, are residential homes that provide a drug and alcohol free environment for people in early recovery. Sober living homes often serve as a transitional program for individuals who have completed an inpatient treatment program or while enrolled in an outpatient treatment program. Sober living homes provide the necessary support, encouragement and safety conducive for recovery.
A recovery community is a sober living home or homes for young adults. When young people complete their stay at the sober living home, they will return to support the newer members. Giving rides, sponsorship, attending meetings, events, parties and conferences together creates a community of support that a young adult needs to achieve long lasting sobriety.
Why is a Recovery Community So Important?
Sober living homes offer an opportunity for an individual struggling with addiction to be supported and encouraged throughout the addiction recovery process. A recovery community is essential for achieving long-term sobriety. Early recovery is emotionally and physically challenging. Making the decision to get sober, and stay sober is no easy feat. There will be bad days. A recovery community provides the necessary encouragement for an individual to overcome challenges that may arise during early sobriety.
Removing the young addict from their normal hangouts is essential in order to build a solid foundation in recovery. Established sober living for young adults provides a distraction free environment without having to pass by the dealer’s house, endure toxic relationships or be tempted to party.
The Benefits of Sober Living in Southern California
- Sober living acts as a transition from detox or inpatient to regular home life.
- Residing at a sober living home reduces the risk of relapse in early recovery.
- Residents receive support from others in the recovery community.
- Residents are held accountable for their actions and behaviors.
- Residents adhere to a structure schedule conducive for sobriety.
- Residents are subject to random drug testing that helps to ensure abstinence from drugs or alcohol.
- Residents learn and develop helpful tools to achieve long-term recovery.
- Residents are able to reside in a safe environment, free of drugs or alcohol.
- Residents are able to focus on their recovery rather than regular daily responsibilities.
- Residents are able to develop healthy relationships and repair damaged interpersonal and familial relationships.
The following are the main aims of sober living for young addicts:
Addressing the Addiction: A sober living home provides a safe environment for addicts to address their drug or alcohol addiction under the guidance of trained professionals. In this environment, addicts can identify and address triggers that may occur during this transitional period in their recovery.
Support and Understanding: A sober living home for young adults is comprised of other young adolescent males who are recovering from addiction issues. This environment provides an opportunity for the addict to receive support and understanding without judgment.
Addressing Underlying Issues: The drug or alcohol addiction an individual is suffering from is rarely an isolated issue. There are generally underlying issues that contributed to the substance abuse. Anxiety, depression and trauma are just a few factors that contribute to the development of addiction. A sober living home allows the addict to identify and address these issues in a safe environment.
A Sense of Community: Loneliness and isolation contribute to the development of addiction and are often a consequence of one’s addiction. A sober living home reduces loneliness and isolation by providing a sense of community. The understanding and support found in a sober living home is crucial for achieving long-term recovery.
Eliminating Risk: In early recovery, cravings and triggers often consume addicts. Sober living homes go to great lengths to ensure alcohol and drugs will not be on the premises. Random drug tests ensure that residents are abiding by house rules. This helps to ensure the safety of the residents and helps to eliminate risks and temptations.
Gaining Independence and Becoming Responsible: A sober living home is a transitional period in the recovery process. Residents are able to gain a sense of independence and begin to become responsible members of society. Although most sober living homes implement a structured schedule, many residents are able to attend school and work while residing there. Having a safe place to return home to is invaluable in the recovery process.
Holding Each Other Accountable: A major component of a sober living home is for the residents to not only hold themselves accountable but others as well. This helps develop a community based on the principles of honesty and integrity.
Repairing Damaged Relationships: Young adults in early recovery often struggle with personal and familial relationships. Learning to form meaningful relationships and repairing damaged relationships is something that is addressed in sober living homes.
How Long is Sober Living?
The duration of the program will vary. Some sober living homes offer 1-3 month long programs while others offer 12 months or 18 month long programs. Many individuals in early recovery feel overwhelmed and the risk for relapse is at its highest. The longer an individual stays in a safe, structured and drug and alcohol-free environment, the better. The duration of treatment varies among the unique needs of each individual. However, it is highly recommended that teens and young adults remain in a sober living home for at least a year to a year and a half. This offers teens and young adults the best chance at achieving emotional and physical recovery from addiction.
New Life House’s sober living is based on the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Unlike other rehab aftercare centers and sober livings, our sober living houses use a peer-grouping method that helps those in recovery to connect with individuals going through the same life experiences. Peer grouping means creating sober living houses geared towards specific age groups so that the young men can better relate with one another. By grouping individuals who are at similar points in their lives and have many commonalities, a strong support system is created. Built on powerful friendships that help to facilitate recovery and long term, quality sobriety, this support system extends far beyond the walls of our sober living houses.
FRIENDSHIPS AND UNITY
When there is a strong bond amongst house members, the chance for long-term sobriety success is significantly increased. Thanks to peer grouping, friendships made in the houses last long after graduation from our sober living homes. A like-minded support group is essential for long-term success in any type of program that encourages permanent change. Staying sober is not just about abstinence from drugs and alcohol, it is about addressing the emotional underlying issues and embracing a new life, free from substances. Our sober living houses encourage house members to share with each other and develop relationships that can give them strength through the trials and tribulations that arise throughout sobriety. House members draw strength from each other during and long after their stay at our sober living homes-much more than just a sober living, we are a family.
SOBER LIVING HOME STAFF
An important feature of sober living rehab aftercare is the hands-on support from professionals who have years of experience in the field. New Life House directors and managers are sober and in recovery themselves, allowing them to impart valuable advice and support to men currently going through the houses. They spend a great deal of time with each house member, checking in with them, discussing goals, fears and decisions. We believe that it takes the personal experience of a recovering addict to know what it takes to break the cycle of substance abuse and identify with the individual. This personal connection can make all the difference in the world when it comes to learning to live a healthy lifestyle in sobriety.
LONG-TERM SUPPORT AND FAMILY
The goal at each of our sober living houses is to help our members maintain their sobriety when they graduate from one of our sober livings. Our dedication to the 12 Step program and peer grouping ensures that house members have the tools and emotional resources required to continue staying sober and healthy throughout the difficult challenges they may face after leaving our houses. Friends and family of house members are encouraged to learn about the structure and philosophies of our sober living in order to help their loved ones continue to use these tools on the outside. Staying sober is a lifelong process that starts at New Life House.
Why Go to a Sober Living Home After Treatment?
Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is entirely possible. However, it is not a simple or quick process. Addiction is a chronic disease. Most people suffering from addiction require long-term or repeated care in order to completely stop using and experience emotional and physical recovery. If you or a loved one has completed an inpatient program, it is highly recommended to transition into a sober living home. That way, the individual can receive further support and encouragement during the critical period of early recovery. Relapse is often the most common during this time, sober living homes help decrease the chance of relapse and help the individual develop a strong foundation in recovery.