Archway House is a brand new, upscale men’s sober living facility in Thousand Oaks, California, just north of Los Angeles. Founded in 2018, it’s an ideal environment for someone transitioning from residential treatment or someone who has recently completed an outpatient program. The house is also open to anyone undergoing a major life change that might warrant the need for the built-in support of a recovery community of like-minded sober peers.
Archway House was founded by Southern California resident, Charlie Smith, who saw a need for what he refers to as a “home for sober men” in the Ventura and LA County areas. His vision was a somewhat less structured sober living, mainly for individuals who are might have finished inpatient rehab and are back at work, but in need of a new living situation that’s both comfortable and affordable. Archway House fosters independent living and does not micromanage its clients day to day schedule.
Accommodations and Amenities
The residence is a single-family home in a neighborhood not far from the 101 freeway in the Conejo Valley. Archway House’s location makes for easy access to nearby grocery stores, malls and restaurants. Close proximity to the mountains and the ocean also offers opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming and other outdoor recreational activities. The Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu and Ventura are all an easy drive from the home. This area is also known for having a multitude of 12-step meetings every day of the week.
Archway House accommodates up to six people, who all have their own private bedroom. Each room comes fully furnished with ample closet space, a bed with linens provided, a bedside table and a chest of drawers. There are four bathrooms the men share. The residence also features a washer and dryer for residents’ use.
Men who reside here can expect a fully equipped kitchen available for cooking and preparing meals, but they must provide their own food. The residents also enjoy common areas (both with and without TV); an outdoor grilling area and a hot tub. For physical activity, men have access to exercise equipment, a ping-pong table and a billiards table. Free WiFi is available, as is Direct TV complete with a special NFL package.
There is no maximum length of stay at Archway House. Residents are welcome to live there as long as they wish, assuming they are staying sober and abiding by house rules.
Rules and Regulations
Incoming residents are required to have at least 90 days sober prior to admission to Archway House. It’s also expected that they are not in the process of detoxing from any substance. They must also be willing to commit to a 12-step program and have a sponsor in that program. The team at Archway House really encourages a commitment to working the steps and as such, provides any support necessary in that regard.
Archway House conducts drug tests at random to ensure each resident is clean and sober. Residents must also be employed while staying in the home. It’s requested that each person has a driver’s license, and the men can have their cars on-site. There is an operations manager who checks in every evening and facilitates the Breathalyzer test, and Smith himself is on site weekly and available for any issues that might arise.
The men are also expected to attend house meetings each week to check in with each other and discuss any housekeeping issues. Weekly AA/NA meetings are held on-site as well. Otherwise, this facility really encourages independent living. The men are granted the freedom to come and go as they please, and make their own schedules.
Every Sunday, the Smith prepares dinner for and eats with the residents.
Archway House is a much needed addition to the Southern California recovery community. With only six residents, it gives men who are committed to recovery a safe, sober living situation that allows for fellowship and support but also offers plenty of privacy. It’s very reasonably priced for the area and it’s in close proximity so myriad 12-step meetings and recreational activities. For individuals in need of a transitional living situation that integrates sobriety and independence, Archway House is a solid resource.
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Archway House Cost: $1,800 (per month); small security deposit required. Reach Archway House by phone at (866) 370-9355 or by email.
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