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.
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.
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.
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.
Southern California has thousands of sober livings. Finding the right one will help a lot on your path to sobriety.
Is the sober living close to the places you need, such as outpatient treatment, work, school, 12-step meetings, family etc.?
Are the rooms shared? And who will you room with?
What are the rules of the house? Find out what the rules are and consider whether you will have a hard time following them.
Who lives there already? Will you be comfortable with them?
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 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 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.
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.
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?
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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Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.
Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.
I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.