At New Life House Recovery Community, we have built a treatment team that inspires hope and recovery among the young men who enter our sober living homes in Los Angeles, California. Many of our team members share similar experiences in recovery. In fact, some of our recovery staff are also alumni of New Life Recovery. We also partner with professionals to provide clinical services for our program participants.
Our compassionate staff understands that the transition from treatment to the real world can be challenging. That is why we are dedicated to creating sober living homes in Los Angeles that facilitate personal growth while promoting independent living skills. Each of our team members has extensive experience in the treatment of addiction and mental health disorders and is ready to help you achieve a fulfilling life of sobriety—one step at a time.
Program DirectorView Profile
Sebastian has been participating in drug and alcohol treatment and recovery for over a decade, and has a passion for assisting people as they work through areas of life similar to the ones that he has struggled with. Sebastian has worked with New Life House in a variety of roles, and spent time both directing the houses and focusing on the alumni, as well as working with the clinical team at Clear Recovery Center.
Sebastian takes pride in having the opportunity to help young men transform their lives while working with their families.
Howard Barker, B.S.
Community Relations DirectorView Profile
Community Relations Director
Howard Barker handles all of the outreach and community engagement at New Life House. He works to spread education and awareness on issues surrounding mental health and substance abuse as well as help families navigate the difficult waters of getting a loved one help. Howard has spent the past 8 years working with young adults and their families, being a support during times of crisis.
A New Life House alumni, Howard went back to college and underwent CADC training in recovery. He has spoken on panels, in treatment centers, community centers, schools, with parents, students, teachers, law enforcement and mental health providers to give insight on issues that are impacting young people today. He works closely with the New Life House families and the management staff, helping to keep things innovative, add additional services for the guys, and deal with all of the logistics of running the New Life House programs.
House CoordinatorView Profile
Robert is the coordinator for both of the South Bay Houses. He has over three years of sobriety and went through the house personally. As such, he has an understanding and an appreciation for the program. His goal is to give others a similar experience as he had, and to assist in their recovery process. Outside of the recovery house, Robert is a student at CSU Long Beach.
Miracle House ManagerView Profile
Miracle House Manager
Steven Graduated Miracle in 2021 and has been sponsoring and showing up for the guys ever since. Successful artist and muralist in his native city, Los Angeles, for the last 13 years. Steve ran a successful studio and gallery space, worked on television sets, and has been involved in the city’s creative culture for years before his journey with New Life. He has continued to travel and grow his life as a career painter. He has been around highly structured sober livings for the last 6 years committed to self-improvement and all others who come into a process like New Life.
Dave Lewis has been associated with New Life House for almost 25 years. Through the years he has been a sponsor, teacher, confidant, manager, chef, carpenter and plumber. He has had many wonderful experiences through his time as a manager at New Life House.
When not at one of the South Bay houses, you can find Dave supporting the Stanley Cup Champions the Los Angeles Kings. If it’s football season he will be sitting at home watching the Cornhuskers. More often than not, he is often giving rides to meetings nearly every night.
New Life House has brought Dave a sense of gratitude and satisfaction from watching the guys who come into the house who are beaten and broken as a newcomer to transitioning to graduation and being told they have completed the program. Dave takes great pride and joy in being a small but hopefully successful part of the process.
Liam helps manage New Life East. Going through New Life Personally, Liam understands the process of the house, and navigating the ups and downs of early recovery. Being from the South Bay, he loves going surfing, skateboarding, and being around good people. His main goal is to share his own journey of healing, transformation, and finding an excitement in life that used to seem impossible. When Liam is not at the recovery house, you can be sure to find him at the beach or the skatepark with his friends laughing and having a good time.
House ManagerView Profile
Dominic is the Manager at New Life West, and is a graduate of New Life House himself. He also previously worked for Clear Recovery Center. As such, Dominic has a comprehensive understanding of the program, and a love for helping others actualize their recovery. Outside of the recovery home, Dominic is a passionate skydiver, surfer, and fisher.
Assistant ManagerView Profile
John Twomey came to New Life West over three years ago from South Carolina. Since then, John has thoroughly established himself in the recovery community in Los Angeles. John considers the people he went through the program with as family, and strives to facilitate an environment wherein that too can be the case for others.
Weekend ManagerView Profile
Ben Brigham is a graduate of New Life West and has over three years of sobriety. Since his completion of the program, Ben has explored multiple avenues of interest for a career, from the service industry to real estate. However, he is passionate about his recovery and the New Life House Program and wishes to help others have a life changing experience with the program as well.
Weekend ManagerView Profile
Lance has been participating with New Life for 2 years, and says that some of his best memories have been from his involvement at the houses. He is from Las Vegas and enjoys having fun in sobriety, spending time with his community, and staying active. He says that going through New Life taught him to adopt responsibility and value his relationships, and he wishes to help others with doing the same.
Weekend ManagerView Profile
In addition to our recovery staff, we have partnered services with specialists to provide the best treatment for young men in recovery. Psychiatrists, facilitators, and educators are among the professionals who partner with our sober living homes in Los Angeles. Many of our partners have worked with us for several years, and all are considered part of the New Life family.
Irina Jodzio, LMFT
Family Group FacilitatorView Profile
Family Group Facilitator
Irina Jodzio is the Parent Intensive and Family Group Facilitator at New Life House. Irina has an extensive background working with young adults and their families, and has been participating in the New Life House community for many years, helping the young men recover. Through a lens of clinical expertise and a belief that everyone can recover and transform their lives with the right assistance, Irina helps both families and the young men in New Life House navigate recovery, heal family dynamics, and move towards healthy and whole relationships with one another.
Dr. Joshua Lichtman
Partnered PsychiatristView Profile
Dr. Joshua Lichtman
Dr. Josh Lichtman is an experienced psychiatrist who has been practicing for close to two decades. He is dual board certified in both adult psychiatry and addiction medicine.
He is passionate about both mindfulness and psychiatry, and seeks to blend the two. Although he primarily focuses on TMS and psychopharmacology, he is trained in various modalities of psychotherapy including CBT, DBT, EMDR, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is a clinical instructor at UCLA, and has been selected to be on the list for Southern California Super Doctors for 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015. Dr. Lichtman brings his extensive experience with addiction psychiatry to serving the young men of New Life House.
Scott Dohren, CADC-II
Group FacilitatorView Profile
Scott Dohren attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a focus in Business Administration. He also holds a CADC-II certification in addiction studies. Scott has a tremendous amount of experience with both administrative and interpersonal aspects of behavioral health. His background in the field of behavioral health extends to counseling, mentorship, and admissions.
Scott’s leadership and passion in the field of wellness allows him to bring a wealth of experience and insight into working with the young men of New Life House. In his free time, Scott enjoys maintaining a healthy exercise regimen, attending concerts, spending time in nature, and traveling with his wife Karen.
Sober Living Homes in Los Angeles, CA
Spending time in a sober living home not only allows you to meet new people and access valuable resources, but it helps prevent relapse. You have worked too hard in your recovery to take that risk, and that is why we are here to help. New Life’s staff is ready to provide you with the support and structure you need to stay on the path to long-term sobriety. Get started now by giving us a call or visiting our admissions page today.