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What are Sober Living Homes?

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Sober living homes are living environments mindfully suited for individuals in early recovery.

At Framework Recovery, we believe, from personal and professional experience, that recovery can be more successful when an individual combines their outpatient care plan, which could include partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programming with a sober living home (SLH) environment.

Sober living homes are structured so that individuals with substance use disorders may transition into everyday life through a more supportive environment.

At an SLH, a resident will find men that are going through the same things they are, struggling with problems they have had or will have in the future. Developing life skills and generally preparing themselves for a promising future of sobriety.  

Twelve-step groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous are important processes to an individual’s recovery. During an individual’s time researching which program might be best for them, they’ll come across different facilities with many different core values. The choice of what type of 12-step program a guest enrolls in is up to them. We encourage individuals to find a group that will be understanding and most helpful to the substance they are recovering from.

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Our founders, Chris Curran and Troy Smith, fully believe that animals can help individuals heal during their recovery journeys by helping them mentally, emotionally, physically and socially improve. This is why animals, like dogs, are used in our therapy sessions. Benefits of animal-assisted therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased focus and attention 
  • Increased ability to care for oneself
  • Decreased anxiety 
  • Enhanced ability to trust and participate in teamwork
  • Growth in social skills

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What to Expect in a Sober Living Home

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Accountability. Community. Understanding.

These are the three things the outside world may not be able to provide a person affected by substance use disorder (SUD) during their initial recovery period.

  • Life skills: Unfortunately, getting sober does not fix an individual's problems. During recovery, guests will be around other men who can teach them life and job skills, which can help them lead a sober life, and help them reintegrate into the workforce.
  • Excursions: We encourage our guests to gain sober hobbies, whether that is through sports, reading groups, etc.
  • Individual therapy: Guests will receive two one-on-one therapy sessions a week.
  • Group therapy: Group therapy allows our guests to move beyond the isolation and shame of addiction and other mental health issues.
  • Family programming: Family programs allow the family to come in, experience their loved one in a new life and learn how best to support them.

To get and stay sober, a guest has to be willing to rebuild the foundation their life has been built on. In the places that are broken, new pieces will be built that include community, accountability, understanding, life skills and family relationships.

A great thing about being in a sober living home/ environment allows our guests to see what life looks like sober, with an added layer of accountability.

Daily and weekly expectations of living in an SLH could include making their bed, keeping their room tidy, completing daily chores and being home by curfew. Weekly expectations include attending at least one house meeting, participating in random drug testing and going to therapy.

The more accountability a resident proves, the more freedoms they receive. An example of this could be: You want a curfew extension to see a late night movie? Absolutely.

However, if a resident chooses not to participate, they lost those freedoms.

“When I first entered treatment, I was extremely opposed to the idea of sober living. I just didn’t see the point, and in my mind, I could handle living sober on my own,” said Troy Smith, co-founder of Framework Recovery. “However, I was beaten down and willing enough to listen to the treatment professionals around me and transitioned into an SLH after my 90 days of inpatient treatment. Sober living ended up being the most transformative step I took in my recovery. I’ve never had so much fun than in my early months of sobriety living with my friends as we navigated life together.”

At Framework Recovery, we don’t intend on billing for blanket services. We break up billing in a few different ways, making it completely custom to each guest. Our sober living program is private pay, with an available sliding scale based on need – Private pay rate is $2,500 / month. For clinical services, all major insurances are accepted. Utilizing insurance is generally the best option for most people, as many will provide coverage for substance use treatment at the clinical level. We will be more than happy to verify your insurance and work with you to determine what your and/or your loved one’s options are. Aside from insurance, other available options for payment include cash, credit and other financing options. We want to work with you and do whatever we can to help you or your loved one. Our main priority and goal is to support and encourage our guest’s successful journey in recovery, and we will work with you and your family to explore all available options.

Download our guidebook to reference later:

Sober Living Guidebook

Take the next step toward recovery.

Acknowledging that you have a substance use disorder (SUD) is one of the first steps toward your recovery and building a sustainable sober lifestyle.

If you’re ready to take the next step toward a life free of temptations, break the cycle of addiction and to start new, come to sunny California.

You can contact us by filling out the form or calling 949-342-4239.

“I’ve found so much joy and fulfillment in sobriety – some stemming from old hobbies that have been reinvigorated through sobriety – cooking, the beach, sports – and some new ones I never knew I had – a strong passion for helping others around me live a healthy, productive and sober life."

Christopher Curran - Co-founder

Christopher Curran Co-Founder

“When I first entered treatment, I was extremely opposed to the idea of sober living. I just didn’t see the point, and in my mind, I could handle living sober on my own,” Troy said. “However, I was beaten down and willing enough to listen to the treatment professionals around me and transitioned into an SLH after my 90 days of inpatient treatment. Sober living ended up being the most transformative step I took in my recovery. I’ve never had so much fun than in my early months of sobriety living with my friends as we navigated life together.”

Shawn Bristow

Troy Smith Co-Founder