Los Angeles, CA

Design for Recovery Sober Living Homes for Men

Who We Are

Our structured sober living homes located in West Los Angeles have quickly developed a reputation for providing hope to men still struggling with substance abuse, mental health and impulse control disorders.

Design For Recovery offers daily scheduling that stands out among other sober living homes. Men who have attempted recovery before with little success may find lasting sobriety at Design for Recovery.

Unlike other sober living homes that merely offer a safe and supportive place for the first few months of sobriety, Design For Recovery takes an active hands-on approach to each individual.

Residents take steps to rebuild their lives from the ground up. The result is that when residents of Design for Recovery graduate and re-enter the world at large, they are already well on their way to achieving their education or career goals. They also have a strong program for long-term sobriety that they can confidently take into the future.

One of the most joyful aspects of Design for Recovery is the brotherhood that exists among residents and alumni. New residents enter into a community of men who are all working together to conquer their addictions. For many, having the opportunity to connect and build relationships with other men who understand the complex and harrowing nature of addiction can be life-changing.

Research has shown that developing a sober social support network lowers an individual’s likelihood of relapsing long term. Our residents remain in touch with each other long after leaving the house, and most continue to stay involved in Design for Recovery for years to come. Not only does involvement in a sober community allow individuals to stay sober, it is a source of profound joy and meaning.

Addiction

The feelings of hopelessness and despair that addiction causes are common to everyone suffering from this condition. When an individual finds that they are unable to control their use, when they begin to live in fear of withdrawal, when their relationships suffer, the result is a helpless and demoralizing sense of losing a part of oneself. Most discover they are unable to get sober on their own. Whether an individual is far down the path of addiction or only just beginning, it is never too early to seek help.

Dual Diagnosis

People who suffer from substance use disorder often suffer in other areas as well. For dual diagnosis residents suffering from mental health disorders, Design for Recovery sober living house coordinates various with outpatient facilities to make sure individuals get the care they need. Staff members also work with residents to develop long term plans that may resolve ongoing life issues, including debt, legal problems, and family relations. It is our philosophy that sober living should be holistic and individual-focused, addressing all aspects of a person’s life.

Impulse Control Behaviors

Impulse control, which include conditions like sex addiction, gambling addiction, internet addiction and intermittent explosive disorder, make individuals actively suffering feel out of control. The stigma that these behaviors stem from a lack of willpower can be damaging to anyone looking for help. Impulse control behavior, like substance use disorders,  have been shown to alter your brain chemistry and make it nearly impossible to make rational decisions. At a Design for Recovery sober living house, we work with outpatient centers to help young men form new patterns of behavior that contribute to their new life in recovery. 

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Importance Of Gender Specific Sober Livings

Men are not only more likely to develop substance abuse problems, they also tend to be more reluctant to seek sober livings. Cultural expectations dictate that men should be strong-willed, self-sufficient, and reliable. Admitting to a substance abuse problem can feel like a defeat for many men.

Men are also more likely to be competitive and impulsive in their interpersonal relations. Men also often have aspects of their history that they might be reluctant to share with members of the opposite gender. Living in a community of other men who are facing similar issues is vital for men recovering from a substance use disorder. Not only do gender-specific sober livings eliminate distractions, but they also allow residents to develop relationships based around trust, solidarity, and mutual understanding.

About Our Homes

Design for Recovery operates two sober living homes in Los Angeles. Located in Playa Del Rey and Mar Vista, both homes offer modern amenities and spacious living quarters for all residents. At either Los Angeles sober living house, men have access to countless local 12-step meetings, various local outpatient centers, and other resources. Design for Recovery’s sober living homes are located in close proximity to beaches, hiking trails, and local parks, providing residents with frequent opportunities for group outings.

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Our Growing Design For Recovery Community

Research on addiction has long shown that helping other people with their addictions is one of the best ways of staying sober oneself. With that in mind, residents at Design for Recovery who have more sober time take on important leadership roles mentoring newer residents.

Individuals have opportunities to get involved in community leadership roles even outside of sober living communities. The men at a Design for Recovery sober living house are active in 12-step programs and support groups. Many perform community service activities, often with special emphasis on repairing damage they inflicted during active addiction.

At Design for Recovery, staff members and residents alike understand that addiction is not an individual problem. It affects families, neighborhoods, and broader communities. While addiction tends to narrow a person’s focus to the ego, men pursuing sobriety at Design for Recovery begin to look outside of themselves. Many ultimately find that the greatest gift of sobriety is the strength that one can lend to others in need.

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Top-Rated Sober Living House In Los Angeles CA

Located in the heart of West Los Angeles, our sober living houses are centrally located near the beach, downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and LAX international airport. It provides a base for men to involve themselves in the community and to thrive as new and growing individuals. Our central location allows easy access from the 405, 105, 10 and 110 freeways. We cater to men who are looking for a sober living home on the Westside of Los Angeles County.

One-On-One Mentoring​

One-on-one mentoring is a crucial aspect of addiction recovery. Through sponsorship in 12- step programs and within the recovery home as well, residents have access to the experience, strength, and hope of individuals who are further along on their sober paths.

Semi-Private Rooms

At Design for Recovery, residents have multiple sleeping arrangements available to them. Depending on their circumstances and needs, residents sleep in single occupancy rooms or in rooms with two to three fellow house peers.

Medication Monitoring

Design for Recovery coordinates with psychiatrists and medical professionals to make sure that residents are getting the care they need. Many men turn to substances initially as a way of self-medicating undiagnosed mental health problems. For these individuals, it is absolutely essential that they receive the proper pharmacological needs that their conditions warrant as directed by their physicians. Many of Design for Recovery’s residents also benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which helps mitigate withdrawal symptoms and alleviate cravings.

Money Management

Because addiction and its associated lifestyle leads to poor decision-making, many people arrive in sobriety with considerable debt on their hands. Design for Recovery’s staff works with each individual to determine their financial situation and plan accordingly. Through a combination of budgeting, debt relief programs, and employment support, men at Design for Recovery can begin to take steps toward financial freedom.

Employment Support

Unemployment, precarious employment, and losing a job are all common among people with substance abuse problems. For many newly sober men, getting a job or finding a career can be daunting prospects. Design for Recovery works with residents to get them placed in jobs while
they live there. Working while pursuing addiction recovery not only fosters accountability, integrity, and self-sufficiency, it prepares men for lives outside of a recovery home.

Meals

Design for Recovery holds regular group meals during which residents come together as a community. The house also holds regular meals for both residents and family members. These are great opportunities for families to see how far their children have progressed.

Transportation

Residents at Design for Recovery have regular transportation needs, ranging from 12-step meetings to outpatient therapy appointments. Design for Recovery not only coordinates transportation in advance for all residents, but staff or residents with more sober time provide support and supervision on all outings.

Urinalysis

At a sober living home, it is essential that residents remain confident that their fellow housemates are sober. Living at Design for Recovery means existing in a safe and trigger free space where everyone is 100% committed to addiction recovery. As such, Design for Recovery regularly conducts drug tests on our residents, helping them stay accountable to themselves and their peers.

On-Site Staff

Design for Recovery’s staff members possess years of experience in addiction recovery. With trained staff members on-site 24/7, residents can be assured that their living quarters are safe and that they will always have access to necessary resources.

Family Services​

No one can get sober alone. Design for Recovery is committed to including family members in the recovery process. Staff members work with residents and families to repair relationships and foster productive communication.

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