Founded in 2009 by Leo van Warmerdam, who previously had served as Director of Operations for The Canyon drug rehab in Malibu, Bay Area Sober Living provides luxury sober living for professional men and women. Located in San Marin County, California, Bay Area Sober Living’s mission is to provide a comfortable, family-style environment, so that clients can develop a strong peer network.
Accommodations and Amenities
Bay Area Sober Living operates six residences, and accommodates between five and eight clients in a house, thus keeping with an intimate atmosphere. The San Rafael Woman’s Home accommodates five women, who are housed in single-occupancy rooms furnished with king-sized beds, nightstands, dressers and ample closet space. The two-story house has two outdoor decks overlooking Sun Valley or San Rafael. The decks include comfortable chairs and patio tables. The living room has two modern, comfortable couches, bookshelves stocked with books and a flat screen TV. The Mill Valley co-ed residence has five bedrooms and accommodates eight clients in single or double-occupancy gender-specific rooms.
At Bay Area Sober Living, clients are responsible for their own groceries. Meals are prepared in fully equipped kitchens. Amenities in both houses include laundry facilities, bedding, linen, towels, barbeque, Wi-Fi, Cable TV and a private phone line. House manager live on the premises and supervision is provided around the clock.
Rules and Regulations
Potential clients must have a minimum of 30 days sobriety, have undergone primary care and demonstrate a strong desire to stay clean and sober. At Bay Area Sober Living, residents receive individualized treatment plans. Staff monitors their aftercare, making sure to report to families and other appropriate sources, should there be warning signs of relapse. Local transportation to Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), 12-step meetings and medical and mental health appointments is provided.
For the first two weeks, the curfew is 10 pm seven days a week. After that time, the curfew is 11 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. Requirements include attendance at four weekly 12-step meetings, participation at the house meetings, performance of house chores and partaking at a daily check-in to show accountability. Mondays through Fridays, clients must be productive. They are expected to attend school, participate in community service or work at a full-time job.
At Bay Area Sober Living, maintenance of an alcohol and drug-free environment is crucial. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. The facility practices a zero tolerance policy. Clients in need of a higher level of care are provided with appropriate referrals.
Bay Area Sober Living encourages residents to engage in local Buddhist centers, which teach mindfulness, which is believed to be an effective relapse prevention technique. Clients participate in community recreational activities, which teach them that they can have fun while staying clean and sober.
Bay Area Sober Living offers executives a highly supervised, luxurious setting to work on their recovery. This is the prefect place for an individual who has already completed treatment and needs a safe home while they work or attend IOP. Peer support is big here, and professional men and women, seeking like-minded souls, will find themselves at home here.
Bay Area Sober Living
311 Ricardo Rd
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Bay Area Sober Living Cost: $2,000-$2,700 (30 days). Reach Bay Area Sober Living by phone at (415) 754-5667 or by email.
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