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Why come to Southern California to get sober?

Southern California has some of the most advanced rehab facilities in the country, so it has become a hub for people looking to recover from their addictions. Thousands of rehabs, sober livings, and sobriety meetings have made Southern California a great place to get sober. It also helps to have the support of an expanded network of people who are also similarly motivated to recover.

Getting away from your familiar locations that pull you back into your old habits, and finding rehab facilities in new locations is already a step in the right direction. Plus the sunny climate in Southern California can help make kicking addiction easier. When the weather is great and you have plenty to do, like surfing, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and more, you have the ideal atmosphere to recover and stay sober.

Huge network of sober people

There is a huge population of people in recovery here in Southern California and it's growing every day. Making new friends who are sober and have gone through the steps of recovery can be your biggest ally when combatting your own addiction.

Meetings

There are literally thousands of support meetings in Orange County, CA like: AA, NA, ALANON and many more. Whether it’s the morning or late at night, chances are there is a meeting going on for you to attend.

Employment

With so many people in recovery in Southern California employers are more understanding. Getting a job right out of rehab isn’t easy but having a big network of sober people can help you find a job faster.

Sober living

Southern California has thousands of sober livings. Finding the right one will help a lot on your path to sobriety.

What should I consider when picking a sober living?

Location

Is the sober living close to the places you need, such as outpatient treatment, work, school, 12-step meetings, family etc.?

Rooms

Are the rooms shared? And who will you room with?

Rules

What are the rules of the house? Find out what the rules are and consider whether you will have a hard time following them.

Residents

Who lives there already? Will you be comfortable with them?

Things to consider when choosing a Sober Living

Your situation

Whether you’re a professional, single parent, or a college student, you’ll want to find a sober living that can meet your needs. For example, a single parent might want to choose a sober living that will allow them to have their child, and a college student might opt for a college-sponsored sober living.

Reputation

Reputation of the sober living is huge. Have they been in business for long? What has the experience been for other people who have lived there? Ask to talk to current residents and past residents if possible. If the facility will not allow you to talk to existing tenants then be wary of signing up with them.

Location

Location is another important thing to consider when choosing a sober living. If you don’t have reliable transportation you might want to consider living close to your job, your favorite 12-step meeting, and your outpatient treatment facility, if you’re attending one. You’ll also want to consider if the sober living is located in a safe neighborhood.

Size

Considering the size of the sober living is important. If you’re a social person you might want to consider a larger sober living, and if you aren’t a social person you might want to consider a smaller, more private, sober living.

Staff

What are the staff and owners like? Do they have experience running a sober living? How long have they worked in the recovery field? Do they have any professional certifications, applicable degrees, or licenses that indicate they are knowledgeable in the areas of addiction treatment?

Rules

What are the house rules? How often is drug testing? People serious about getting sober might choose a sober living that does random drug testing and tests when there has been suspicion of drug use. Are meetings required? If so, what kind of meetings are required and how often are they? A lot of sober livings choose to have a very structured schedule for their residence. The schedule usually involves wake up time, scheduled activities, daily meetings and a curfew.

All of these are important questions to ask when selecting a sober living. There is very little regulation regarding sober living facilities, and quality ranges drastically. So be sure to do your due diligence, and find the right sober living to suit your specific needs.

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