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Established in 2016 in Los Angeles, California Chateau Recovery provides high-end sober living to men and women. Chateau Recovery (which has no connection to the Chateau Recovery in Utah) doesn’t pressure residents to have jobs within the first four months of their stay, with the belief that building a strong foundation in their sobriety is a priority. Founder Ashlee Krichmar, who is in recovery, maintains a close relationship with her clients, and provides ample support. Additionally, she is highly selective during the applicant screening process, as she looks for clients who are very committed to staying clean and sober, above all else.

Accommodations and Amenities

Chateau Recovery is comprised of two properties—an old 1930s art-deco house in West Hollywood, which accommodates nine men and women, and two live-in house managers, and a Mediterranean-style house for women, which lodges seven residents and one on-site manager. The pale yellow art deco coed house has an elaborate outdoor winding staircase. Hanging plants provide bursts of color. The house also features a pristine lawn, manicured hedges and trees.

The co-ed, fully furnished house includes two female-only double occupancy rooms, two triple-occupancy male-only rooms and separate rooms for the house managers. One double features wood tiled floors, two full sized beds with purple upholstered headboards, two modern style nightstands, closets and windows with panels, which allow for ambient light to bathe the room. The female-only house includes two double-occupancy rooms and one triple-occupancy master suite, as well as a single for the house manager.

Food and unlimited coffee is included in the cost. Clients prepare their own meals in fully equipped kitchens with state-of-the-art modern appliances. Residents are transported to the supermarket once a week, to stock up on groceries. Transportation is also provided to three weekly recovery support meetings, as well as to Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP).

Other amenities include flat screen plasma TV’s with Netflix, Hulu and expanded cable TV, Wi-Fi, a house computer with printer, pool table, laundry facilities and household supplies. Well-behaved dogs are accepted on a case-by-case basis, but there is a dog limit per house, due to animal control laws and regulations.

Rules and Regulations

Prior to acceptance, all clients must have completed detox and preferably have completed between 30 and 90 days of primary care at a residential treatment facility. Krichmar accepts residents on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration their willingness to stay clean and sober. For clients with co-occurring disorders, it is preferred that they are working with a mental health provider. Psychiatric and mental health referrals are provided. At Chateau Recovery, clients undergo three phases during their length of stay.

During phase one, clients must attend 90 recovery support meetings in 90 days, including scheduled house meetings, which take place at 7 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Residents opting for non-12-step based meetings are encouraged to attend Refuge Recovery and SMART Recovery. Residents are transported three times weekly to a recovery support meeting chosen by a household vote.

The house meetings are not 12-step based, but rather groups where residents check in with each other, and process their feelings and discuss concerns. Additionally, those who attend group and individual therapy as part of IOP can count their sessions as a meeting. During phase one, the curfew is 11 pm seven days a week. During phase two, which takes place between 30 and 90 days, clients still attend regular meetings. During this time, clients must participate in two house meetings, including the Sunday night 7 pm house meeting. At this point, they can start looking for employment, if so desired. The curfew is midnight Sundays through Thursdays, and one am on Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, residents are allowed one 2:30 am curfew per week or an overnight pass. Phase three includes the same curfews as in phase two, continued attendance at meetings, including being at the Sunday night house meeting. Household chores are assigned on a weekly basis, to help residents learn basic life skills like cleaning.

Krichmar does not pressure clients to work until they are between four and four and a half months clean and sober. Based on her own personal experience, she believes that allowing residents a chance to build a foundation in recovery is crucial to maintaining life long abstinence from drugs and alcohol. When clients have some time under their belt, she helps them with their resumes, and assists them with their job searches. She also works closely with a medical doctor, who sees clients that have no primary practitioner. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. A zero tolerance policy for relapse is enforced, to ensure the safety of the entire household.

Extras

Other services include money management, sober life coaching (at additional cost) and referrals to outpatient programs and to therapists. Alumni barbeques are also scheduled, and residents participate in a plethora of sober fun outings. The houses are centrally located to public transportation.

In Summary

Krichmar, who has plenty of experience in recovery and as an intake coordinator at a drug rehab, loves what she does and provides ample hands on support to her residents. Chateau Recovery boasts a high end yet highly nurturing setting for men and women in early recovery. The exquisite houses are perfect for clients seeking safe and structured sober living in the heart of West Hollywood.

Chateau Recovery
1200 S La Jolla Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Chateau Recovery Cost: $2,000-$2,500 (30 days). Reach Chateau Recovery by phone at (800) 379-4401 or by email. Find Chateau Recovery at Facebook, Twitter and Google +

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  1. Daniel Tellalian on

    As a neighbor and a parent with two small girls attending the elementary school across the street from the “Chateau” on Hayes (a single family home being rented as a boarding house), I’m particularly concerned with the reports of violent altercations and public sex involving residents of this “high-end sober living facility.” I”m all for rehab treatment. When it’s legit.

  2. This site on Hayes has so many issues that clearly point to a lack of supervision and adequate counseling. Anyone–ANYONE considering this place as a way to find recovery would be mistaken–tragically. Seek another site–another company. Recovery is absolutely possible–but not here–not at this site on Hayes–save yourself and don’t come here!

  3. In one year, five late night sirens blaring as ambulances, fire trucks and police cars speed to 6410 Hayes to pick up one of the tenants. All ODs? They sure weren’t heart attacks. The last one Thanksgiving night. Sober living homes in a family neighborhood next to a school is not good for recovering addicts – they stay cooped up and when they venture out their attitude is surly and disrespectful to neighbors. Neighbors, as might be expected, avoid them. They don’t want the SBH in the neighborhood. Bad all around!

  4. Jonathan Armstrong on

    As a parent of a first-grader at Carthay Elementary, it concerns me greatly that a sober living home is located less than 50ft from the school. From what I understand from a Deputy City Attorney of LA who specializes in this type of rehab facility, there is no restriction on the criminal history of the clients at the rehab home, and may include sex offenders or individuals with a history of violence. Although no harm has happened to our children at the school, is it merely just a matter of time?

    With reports of over 6 overdoses at the facility on Hayes Drive in under a year, it appears that the facility is far from well managed, and should not be located in a residential neighborhood adjacent to an elementary school

  5. Ashlee Krichmar’s home on Hayes Drive is a disaster. There is constant cigarette smoke, blocked traffic, and over-doses happening with no regard for the neighborhood. This is not a healthy sober living home, but a flop house with people coming and going, loud noise, and disrespect for others. Cigarette butts everywhere.

  6. This morning at 4:30AM, there was a fight inside the building that spilled out into the street. This facility has only been in our neighborhood a few months, and there have been too many incidents like this.

    • We live on Hayes Dr. and the Ashlee Krichmar’s sober living house is disgusting. Cigarette smoke constantly filling the air, garbage in front of the house, people overdosing and needing ambulances to come and get them, house managers fired constantly, and no regard for the rest of the neighborhood.

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