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We are pleased to launch a new website for 2017. Since the Sober Living Network started in 1995, we’ve used technology to provide a directory of homes, inspected thousands of homes and conducted countless trainings. Our old site was up for years, and was time for an upgrade! New Platform Our site is now built […]

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California legislation seeks to regulate sober living homes and residential treatment

In February 2016, four bills were introduced in Sacramento targeting aspects of residential treatment operations, and also seeking to give local governments the means to regulate sober living homes. This is a determined effort, led largely by affluent coastal cities in Southern California with support by the League of California Cities. This is a holding […]

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SLN Jan 2016 Bulletin

Welcome to our new bulletin. A lot is happening in California and nationally that is impacting the sober living community. Sometimes membership meetings don’t quite suffice as a regular source of information about events and developments elsewhere. With luck, this will be a regular Network communication. You can help make future updates more interesting and […]

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Alternative Families in Recovery

Alternative Families in Recovery: Fictive Kin Relationships Among Residents of Sober Living Homes Kevin C. Heslin, Alison B. Hamilton, Trudy K. Singzon, James L. Smith and Nancy Lois Ruth Anderson Sober living homes are group residences for people attempting to maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs in a mutually supportive setting. Residents typically develop strong […]

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The City of Costa Mesa

The City of Costa Mesa has passed two ordinances designed to severely restrict the access to recovery housing for disabled individuals. Unlike their neighbor Newport Beach, Costa Mesa’s laws affect shared housing in all residential neighborhoods — not just single family zones. One of the laws also compels housing providers to pay for transportation for […]

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Recovery and Social Benefits of Sober Living

DePaul University Study: Sober living produces outcomes superior to traditional outpatient treatment (2006) – This study found compelling evidence that sober living improves outcomes for abstinence, employment and criminality at two years, relative to standard outpatient/self-help treatment approaches. American Planning Association: Policy Guide on Community Residences – This guide cites studies showing that recovery housing and […]

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Know Your Legal Rights

Know your Legal Rights and Protections for Housing for Persons with Disabilities There are federal and state legal protections for housing rights for persons of disabilities, such as people with alcoholism and other drug addictions, mental illness, and developmental disabilities, to name a few. Unfortunately, these rights have not been well publicized. Therefore, the people who […]

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Housing Rights vs. City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles is considering major changes to its zoning laws designed to prohibit sober living and other group homes for the disabled in single-family residential areas. If you operate a sober living home in Los Angeles you need to get involved. In addition to sober lving homes, those affected include students, seniors, […]

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Transforming Recovery Services in California

California’s current budget crisis has led to drastic cuts in human services programs, particularly those most needed by those struggling to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction. The crisis highlights a more basic deficiency in service delivery, namely the over-reliance on short-term and expensive treatment services. Most recovery-related (including mental health services) funding from State and […]

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The California Budget Crisis

The California Budget Crisis: A Challenge to the Recovery Community Kevin Heslin and Dave Sheridan The Sober Living Network provides alcohol and drug-free housing for about 25,000 Californians every year. Our diverse resident population includes vulnerable groups such as women with children, U.S. veterans, and previously homeless young adults rejected by their families. The vast […]

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