The Agape House OC started as a single recovery house for men and for women. Today, Agape House owns four sober living homes exclusively for women. Agape now views the introduction of men into an early recovery environment as a distraction for its female residents, who are encouraged to turn to their fellow housemates for support throughout the recovery process. The houses are meant to foster a home-like, loving environment. All clients at Agape are required to maintain total abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
Accommodations and Amenities
Agape operates four sober living homes, each with eight beds for a grand total of 32. Clients should expect to have a roommate but are not required to bring any furnishings with them. The decor and accoutrements are simple in these traditional homes: each comes with a family room, a kitchen with the basics (oven, microwave, coffee maker) and a modest backyard. One house has a porch with a small seating area where residents can read or do step work. Each house has a TV with cable and all the movie channels included. Residents are also free to use the landline to make calls when necessary. There is a washer and dryer on-site and clients are required to do their own laundry.
A major bonus of living at Agape is the accessibility of Newport Beach, even for clients without cars. The houses are also within walking distance of the Costa Mesa Alano Club, which provides up to 90 12-step meetings every week at various times.
Rules and Regulations
Agape does not offer its own outpatient program, though all incoming clients are asked initially whether they would like to participate in an ancillary program. This is a consideration particularly for those who may have less time sober upon entering the house. For those that do want to be in treatment while at Agape, referrals can be made. The 12-step model of recovery is supported by Agape, and clients are also asked to attend local meetings and initiate their own recovery outside of an outpatient program.
Residents at Agape often struggle with more than simply drug or alcohol abuse. Compulsive gambling, sex, shopping, self-mutilation, unhealthy relationships, codependence, overeating and eating restrictions are some of the addictions and self-harming behaviors that women at Agape may struggle with. Residents might also grapple with co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Agape recognizes the weight of coping with such issues in early sobriety, and seeks to help clients overcome feelings of self-loathing, poor self-esteem and shame. To that end, they employ clinical staff which includes CADCs, a clinical director with a PhD and two MFTs, one with a specialty in chemical dependency and eating disorders and the other primarily a family counselor. The services of two consulting medical doctors, a consulting chiropractor and a consulting vocational counselor are also available.
The vocational counselor is able to lead workshops that help clients navigate their new lives in sobriety. Workshops cover computer skills, resume writing, how to conduct a job search, how to think critically, exercising responsibility, how to understand the language of business, reading and comprehension.
For those who need alternative pay arrangements during their stay at Agape, rent can be paid weekly or monthly.
Overall, Agape House OC provides more support than many sober livings. Because the organization focuses its attention specifically on recovery for women, they are able to target issues that plague clients in early recovery. These houses are supportive of 12-step recovery so potential clients should expect to be attending meetings, working the steps and, of course, abstaining from drugs and alcohol. For women in the area seeking a supporting, healing atmosphere, Agape House OC is an excellent choice.
Agape House OC
PO Box 10086
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Agape House OC Cost: $800-$1,200 (30 days). Reach Agape House OC by phone at (949)-350-4822 or by email at [email protected].
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