Founded in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, Chains of Love provides gender-specific sober living for men and women. Chains of Love welcomes criminal justice clients as well as those with co-occurring disorders. Director Bill Foster has over 30 years clean and sober. While Chains of Love operates on a fairly loose structure, they are serious about recovery, and expect the same from clients.
Accommodations and Amenities
The women’s home is a grey and pink cottage-style house surrounded by a pink metal fence. The house has a lawn and a paved path leading to the front porch. A rosebush with large pink flowers adds color during warm weather. The house has seven bedrooms and accommodates 13 clients who are paired in spacious rooms with full-sized beds, dressers, plants and hanging artwork. A residential manager lives on the premises.
The men’s Tudor-style two-story house has a 17-bed capacity. While double-occupancy rooms are available, they are usually reserved for clients who have lived there for some time. Newcomers share a room with three other men. This is done to ensure that the newly arrived resident doesn’t experience isolation, which might lead to relapse. Rooms include twin or bunk beds, dressers and storage space. The men’s house has two onsite managers, including Foster.
Both houses include fully equipped kitchens. Clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Male and female residents participate in holiday events, parties and other get-togethers. Amenities in both homes include Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and cable TV. Smoking is permitted outside.
Rules and Regulations
Clients must have 60-days clean and sober prior to being admitted. Additionally, they must have a sponsor or counselor, and be active in a 12-step program. Clients with co-occurring disorders are typically required to attend outpatient treatment. Staff works closely with therapists, parole officers and counselors. Individuals on SSI are accepted, provided they meet other criteria.
During the first 60 days, residents must document all outside activities on a roster, and submit proof of 12-step meeting attendance. After that time, staff reviews the activity roster and decides whether or not the client must continue keeping a timetable. At Chains of Love, requirements include performance of household chores, participation at three weekly 12-step meetings and involvement at a bi-weekly house meeting.
Chains of Love does not have a curfew. Residents are free to come and go as they please. While clients have a strong sense of autonomy, they must undergo random drug and alcohol screening. There is a zero tolerance policy, and those who have relapsed are evicted immediately.
Chains of Love is a member of the Sober Living Network, Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition.
Chains of Love provides safe sober living. The sense of community between the two houses is a benefit for those who feel like they can’t have fun or socialize in recovery. For men and women leaving rehab or those who have a little time under their belts and need some additional support, this is a highly affordable option.
Chains of Love
2035 West 29th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90018
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