Sober Living FAQ's
1. Do you provide counseling?
No, we do not provide any on-site counseling services. We are a 12 step based sober living home and in general try to adapt our home to the guidelines of the 12 steps of NA/AA and other like organizations. We will however give our guests referrals to therapists who work within the recovery community and who understand the disease of addiction.
2. Will I be able to work?
Gainful employment is a very important part of normal life. At some point during your stay with us you will be expected to find a job. We are blocks from WorkSource LA, CLP Temporary skilled labor services, and the Employment Development office. We do actively try to assist our guest by providing job leads to them. We also have a internet computer station that you are able to use freely to do job searches, email resume’s, make DMV appointments, find directions, find meetings.
3. Do you offer recreational activities?
We often hold sober living parties and get togethers (barbecues) in which we always have a good time. Guests are always invited. Our home has several pieces of exercise equipment for you to use including weights and bicycles. The 12 step programs have many recreational activities that you can participate in at any given time.
4. How long will I stay at Sobriety Central?
Every individual is different and each has different needs. We are in no hurry to put you out. Our goal is to assist you any way we can in keeping you clean and sober. For that reason, we prefer not to rush the job. It is always more cost and time efficient to do the job once, the right way. We do not wish to have you repeat the process again and again.
5. What if I relapse?
We don't want you to even think about that possibility. If you relapse, your guest privileges will be revoked and we will try to refer you to detoxification or residential treatment.
6. Can I take medications?(pain meds, psychiatrics meds...)
In 99% of the circumstances, we do allow our guests to take prescription medications, including psychiatric medicines. We do not allow medications that contain opiates, amphetamines or benzodiazepines (bzd's). Please specifically talk to our on site manager should you have any questions about this or any medications.
7. Do you have gender specific needs?
There are specialized sober living homes for transsexuals. Call Patrick or Sandra at (323) 466-7916 or (323) 463-4266 for more information.
8. I have a court case or was referred to a sober living by my parole/probation office, can you handle this?
Sobriety Central works with L. A. County probation officers, the California Dept. of Corrections parole officers/offices, judges and courts and is very familiar with the addiction legal system. If needed, we will accompany our guests to court and/or send in the "monthly" progress reports which includes our random and regular drug test results. We are referred to by such treatment centers like Tarzana Treatment Center, Impact House and Cri-Help, Inc., both in-patient and out-patient programs.
9. Do you need or require a "highly structured" sober living?
We have a curfew and have weekly house meetings and responsibilities and rules that all our guests must adhere to at all times. In order to ensure the safety of all our guests, we have a 24 hour on-site house manager with multiple years of recovery behind him/her. Please ask and we will provide you with our printed house schedule.
10. Are Sober Living Homes a sanctuary for pedophiles, sex offenders and arsonist?
Some houses, that call themselves sober livings, cater to these types of offenders, however, they do so illegally. The laws that protect and allow recovering people to live together as a family, do not include people who have committed these types of offenses. Sex offenders and arsonists need special help not provided by sober living.
11. How can I be assured that I will be treated fairly while living in a sober living home?
Unlike many sober living homes, we are a member of the Sober Living Network and the San Fernando Sober Living Coalition. As such we have signed a agreement to treat our council member fairly and with respect. If you ever feel that there is something wrong with any of my houses you may contact either of these organizations and they will investigate your complaint.