A good location and easy access can make a big difference and, in this respect, Collective Process Woman’s Sober Living fits the bill. Located near the beach in Port Hueneme, California, Collective Process is within five minutes of AA meetings, a library, parks, a bus line and several stores. And yet it’s also situated in a quiet residential area, which gives the women the space and quiet they may need to focus on sobriety and clean living. Kelle Tanner, the founder of Collective Process, is a certified drug and alcohol counselor with more than 30 years of experience, including nine years at the Betty Ford Center.
Accommodations and Amenities
Collective Process accommodates up to 12 women in a four-bedroom, four-bath house. Each room is double-occupancy with a bathroom attached in a suite-like arrangement. Residents are required to keep their part of the bedroom clean as well as take responsibility for one household chore a day such as cleaning the bathroom or vacuuming.
In the large, fully-equipped kitchen, residents prepare their own meals and so can eat on their own schedules. But come Sunday evening, everyone sits down together for a “family meal” that has been planned by one of the residents. Each woman purchases at least one ingredient for the meal and helps in its preparation.
House amenities include a washer, dryer, dishwasher and all utensils and equipment needed for meal preparation. There’s a large living room, TV with cable and access to Wi-Fi.
Rules and Regulations
The house rules here are well-established and apply to everything from curfews to attendance at meetings. Residents are required to attend two AA meetings daily if they are not employed and must commit to this for a period of 90 days. If they work, they must attend an off-site meeting at 7 am every morning and attendance is checked by the house manager.
Residents are also required to attend and participate in weekly “Panel” meetings that are held each week to discuss NA, AA and sobriety. Every resident also participates in Steps study, which teaches them the specifics of each of the 12 steps.
Curfew is 10 pm on weekdays and 11 pm on weekends. Missed curfews are duly noted.
There is random drug testing, which includes a urine dipstick and Breathalyzer testing. The first time a resident tests “dirty,” she has to leave the house for three days or until she is clean. A one-strike policy prevails and a resident is asked to leave if there is a second lapse.
A typical day for Collective Process residents starts at 6:30 am with wake-up followed by a 7 am AA meeting. A short house meeting follows at which everyone shares their plans for that day, whether it be school, a job or attendance at meetings. When a resident leaves the house, she is expected to have a purpose and specific destination in mind.
Residents sign in and out with the house manager. If they plan to be gone for most of the day, they are required to text the house manager every two hours. If they know they are going to be late coming home, they are required to advise the house manager.
Visitations are allowed but due to space limitations they must take place outside the house. Residents monitor each other for sobriety and honesty about drug use or intoxication.
Typically, the stay at Collective Process is 90 days though the chance for successful sobriety increases if a woman stays longer.
Collective Process staff members conduct a credit check on each prospective resident before she moves in. Each resident also pays a $200 security deposit. If she has successfully maintained sobriety for at least 90 days, the security deposit is returned.
At Collective Process, women in recovery find a supportive, family-like environment in a lovely beach setting with plenty of nearby venues to meet their needs in addition to public transportation. The rules here are reasonable, albeit strict, and no-funny-business applies when it comes to curfews and maintaining sobriety. But in this sober living house, each women is truly her sister’s keeper in that residents monitor each other in sobriety and honesty. Under the guidance of an experienced founder and drug counselor, the residents of Collective Process are most definitely in capable hands.
134 E Pleasant Valley Rd
Port Hueneme, CA 93041
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