Clean and Sober Recovery Services is a family affair; founded, managed and staffed by former addicts and their spouses. In 2007, John Perry and his wife Denise formed Clean and Sober Recovery Services with friends Chris and Charlene Wright.
Accommodations and Food
Located in Orangevale, California, the Clean and Sober residence is a large, cheery house on two acres in a suburb of Sacramento. Treatment is available to men and women, ages 18 and over. Able to accommodate as many as 24 clients, the house has seven bedrooms and three full baths. Clients share rooms with roommates of the same gender. The set-up is traditional: a living room with couches, a more comfortable “family room” with a television, a full kitchen and dining table. There is a discussion-style classroom on-site for groups and lectures, which consists of a long square table surrounded by chairs. Residents should bring a swimsuit for the outdoor pool. There is also a gym equipped with free weights and machines, a full sized volleyball and badminton court, and plenty of inviting benches on the grounds.
Nutritious meals are prepared for clients. Healthy snacks, fruit and drinks are available anytime.
Treatment and Staff
The program at Clean and Sober is 12-step in focus and peer counselor driven. Having personal experience with addiction and personal ties to the local recovery community helps staff in the task of guiding clients through this difficult period of their early sobriety.
Clean and Sober Recovery Services wants its clients to stay active once they arrive at the residence. Residents attend one to two off-campus 12-step meetings a day, and are encouraged to find sponsors and begin working their steps. Six to eight staff members meet with clients throughout the week. In addition, they lead education and process groups Monday to Friday. Groups include discussions and lectures on addiction, codependency, feeling identification, recovery and relapse prevention.
Clients wake up at 7 am and meditate before breakfast at 7:45. After breakfast, clients have an hour to attend to their morning chores. At 9:15 am, residents can exercise for a half hour before morning group. After lunch, they leave for an outside AA meeting. By 1:30 pm, clients return from meetings and have a 45-minute step study and then a break before afternoon group. Clients exercise from 4 to 4:45 pm and then have dinner together. After dinner, clients leave for another outside meeting and return by 10 pm for lights out at 11 pm.
On Wednesday afternoons, clients have a recreational outing. Weekends are more lax, although daily meeting attendance is still required. On Saturday afternoons, the staff takes clients to local stores to purchase toiletries. Sunday afternoons, clients have free time with family and friends. Family groups meet on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings at no additional cost.
Unlike many facilities, 12 weeks of aftercare is included in the cost of treatment at Clean and Sober. Families may continue to attend both family groups (on Tuesdays and Sundays). Clients retain one private counseling session a week and can attend three study groups.
Clean & Sober Recovery Services also offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), just three blocks away from the residential facility. The IOP accepts insurance for payment.
Local families who would like to get loved ones into treatment are invited to attend the free, confidential family support meetings on Sundays, and they should call the treatment center for details.
Clean and Sober Recovery Services has essential, promising aspects: low staff-to-client ratio, staff in recovery, a vertically integrated program (detox, residential and aftercare), a program that balances nurturing clients with demanding accountability. Clients are well cared for at Clean and Sober Recovery, though rarely alone—between the shared house, 24-hour staff, long days of group and frequent exposure to other addicts in outside meetings. The bar is set high here, but, as the addicts who run this program know, so are the stakes in not staying sober.
Clean and Sober Recovery Services Location
5820 Chestnut Ave
Orangevale, CA 95662
Clean and Sober Recovery Services Cost
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