New Life House in Los Angeles, CA is a sober living house specifically for young men. Our community uses the 12 Step program and peer support to facilitate a sober, healthy lifestyle. With a beautiful, sunny location in Los Angeles, our sober living home offers the perfect spot to get centered in recovery.
New Life House sets itself apart from other sober living houses by specifically serving young men. This allows our residents to closely relate to others and build important friendships with those who share the same goals and feelings. We want the men in our home to maintain the healthy relationships and 12 Step skills they have learned so they can apply them to the outside world.
Sobriety is a lifelong journey. Having the proper tools help facilitate a healthy lifestyle is key. If your loved one is struggling with addiction, we provide a supportive, structured and safe environment.
What is Sober Living?
Everyday life is full of possible triggers for addicts to pick up and start using again. Whether that be activities and locations where using were commonplace, or a friend group of addicts, it is difficult to stay sober in unsupportive environments.
Sober living homes offer a safe space that helps facilitate recovery. It is important to note that sober living houses and rehab facilities are not the same thing. In many cases, our residents have already completed inpatient treatment and are sometimes attending an outpatient treatment while in New Life House. Sober living homes serve as a halfway point before they are ready to jump into the “real world” and the stressors that come with it. We offer a stable living situation without the pressures and temptations of everyday life before our residents return to society.
Sober living creates a strong community. Once someone leaves the community, they often feel a conviction to help out other recovering addicts on their first steps to the road to recovery. As previously mentioned, sober living communities are not to be mistaken with rehab. In a sober living facility, members of the community experience many freedoms and are focused on maintaining what they have learned in treatment in a positive environment. The living facility provides ease in transition into the world after rehab or detox. People are given a sense of autonomy and freedom and are able to develop lifelong skills to maintain sobriety.
Why is a Recovery Community So Important?
When recovering from any sort of substance abuse a healthy environment is key. The community formed in our program does not end the second our residents walk out the door. The group is always there for each other to provide support.
Establishing friendships with people who share similar goals helps to form healthy bonds away from toxic relationships. Getting sober is not easy, especially trying to do it alone. A strong support system is vital to long-term recovery.
The Benefits of Sober Living in Southern California
- Reduces the risk of relapse
- Residents build long-lasting, supportive bonds in a community where young men can relate to each other and their struggles
- A structured schedule helps encourage sobriety
- Your loved ones will have a stable transition before they return home
- Sober living communities do not have the stresses and triggers of everyday life
- A productive schedule gives residents a sense of structure beneficial to recovery
- Random drug testing acts as a way to prevent relapse
- Residents develop skills and learn how to develop healthy relationships as well as mend relationships negatively impacted by addiction.
How Long is Sober Living?
Each individual is different, and so no one’s path to sobriety will look exactly the same. Program lengths vary, sometimes only lasting 1-3 months, while others can be as long as 12-18 months.
When it comes to the duration of the program, longer is better. Following inpatient treatment is a critical window where relapse is common. The longer someone can stay in a stable, drug and alcohol-free environment, the better.
The recommended amount of time to remain in a sober living home is at least one year. This gives your loved one the time to transform old behaviors and build bonds with a healthy, supportive group of young men achieving the same goal.
New Life House implements a unique and effective strategy not found in most other sober living communities known as peer grouping. Our houses are geared specifically toward a demographic of young men in the same age range.
The residents find it beneficial that they have a lot in common with each other and are at similar points in their recovery. The bonds and friendships made in our communities help promote sobriety long after residents leave the home.
UNITY WITH FRIENDSHIP
Addiction is most often a co-occurring disorder, meaning it is paired with mental illness or some sort of emotional trauma. Overcoming addiction requires understanding underlying emotional issues.
The environment of New Life House encourages growing emotionally, communication, and understanding amongst peers. Residents build relationships where they feel comfortable sharing their trials as well as successes, and can give each other strength during the emotional struggles that come along with beating addiction.
Having a support group of individuals with similar experiences provides a network of healthy influences with one common goal. Recovering addicts often struggle when they are thrown back into previous peer groups where using drugs and alcohol is the norm. Changing the people around them can be the vital change needed in recovery.
LOCATION AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Being away from home and in a new environment can be frightening for anyone, let alone someone in recovery. Our location in Los Angeles, California offers a vibrant and healthy setting conducive to recovery.
We also go out into the community to help others. Service trips help residents find a sense of purpose and fulfillment from providing service to others. Also, getting out into the community helps them see the bigger picture in life. From visiting the kids at the Boys & Girls Club to feeding the homeless, New Life House is out helping the community.
If your loved one is struggling with addiction and is transitioning out of an in-patient facility New Life House may be the right option for you. Addiction is nearly impossible to beat alone. We offer the support and skills that can help your loved one start a new chapter in their life of living a healthy, happy, sober life.
CARING AND SUPPORTIVE STAFF
A caring, experienced staff is another part in the recipe to success. A non-empathetic, indifferent staff is not conducive to a healing, safe environment. At New Life House we hire staff that know what it is like to be a recovering addict, because they themselves have walked that path. They understand the experiences and struggles of the residents and are able to make deep personal connections.
Feeling like the staff has a personal stake in recovery, rather than viewing them as uncaring authority figures can make all the difference. Staff dedicates their time to checking in with each house member and discussing everything from their goals to fears. There is a level of trust between the residents and staff that nourishes healthy, open conversations.
LONG-TERM SKILLS AND SUPPORT
Remaining sober at a living home means nothing if those skills cannot be transferred into the real world. We prepare our residents for the challenges they will face in the community.
Our homes use the 12 Step program to provide a toolkit of emotional and coping resources vital to remaining sober. Our staff is happy to teach these skills to the loved ones of our residents so that they can be important partners in their recovery process.
Addiction is a chronic disease. There is no easy fix and it takes a lifetime of hard work. The skills and support from peer groups are there for a lifetime of health and happiness.
Why Go to a Sober Living Home After Treatment?
Recovering from addiction is difficult. Many people with substance abuse issues relapse multiple times before reaching recovery. Even after leaving a treatment facility equipped with new skills and coping mechanisms it can feel like the individual is getting thrown out to the wolves. After living in a bubble they are back to face the temptations of partying and the people and places that serve as a trigger to start using again.
A sober living home acts as an important transitional phase in recovery. It can help prevent relapse by providing stability during such a trying time in the process. Sober living homes give individuals a foundation to form new habits and behaviors that lead to a lifetime of recovery.