Genesis Sober Living, in Cheviot Hills, California, has been around since 1999, but has recently undergone a $250,000 renovation and added a much raved-about outpatient component, making it one of the first hybrid programs to combine the top-notch care of residential treatment with the freedom of a sober living.
Genesis is for men only and is no average facility—while the majority of sober livings are suitable only for step-down care, offering only Spartan amenities and no therapy, Genesis has one program comprehensive enough to serve as a primary, extended or aftercare option.
Accommodations and Food
Cheviot Hills, where their facility is located, is a Los Angeles neighborhood bordering Beverly Hills and Century City. Befitting the area, the house is well appointed with modern interior décor. Residents sleep in luxury beds with fluffy down comforters and down pillows.
The house boasts a spacious living room with comfortable couches, coffee tables and contemporary art on the walls. It also features the most state-of-the-art 80-inch screen TV on the market (roughly 400 times better definition than the standard flat screen). Cell phones are allowed at Genesis, as are computers. Though housekeeping only comes a few times a week, the house tends to be pristine thanks to the chores assigned to each resident (which tend to take only a few minutes).
When it comes to food, all meals at Genesis are home-cooked with nutritious and delicious menus determined by clients and their house managers. While residents are responsible for making their own meals, at least a few clients always tend to have solid cooking experience so the food is consistently good; coffee is also readily available throughout the day. All food costs are included in the price.
Treatment and Staff
To live at Genesis, clients must also be concurrently enrolled in an outpatient program, though most choose the one offered at Genesis, which offers care from a variety of addiction experts for three to six hours a day. Typically, in the first 30 days, clients opt for six hours and then step down to three as they gain more freedom while still keeping a significant amount of responsibility. These variations in treatment are reflected in the flexible pricing.
The outpatient facility, roughly a mile away from the house, is comprised of what is rapidly becoming considered the finest clinicians and program in the LA area. Treatment is helmed by licensed therapists who go through bi-weekly training as well as CADC-certified case managers.
An average day at Genesis includes house activities such as morning meditations, weekly peer meetings, family support sessions and dinner discussions where clients plan the coming day. Twelve-step meetings are available off-site on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, while on-site meetings are on Thursdays; on Sundays, residents can choose between on and off-site meetings. All attendees receive mandatory drug testing three times a week.
Clients also attend sessions that consist of groups focused on family education, relapse prevention, emotional regulation and stress management.
Aside from their comprehensive treatment plan, Genesis offers recreational opportunities in the form of the Cheviot Hills Recreational Center, which is right across the street. The facility includes tennis courts, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a pool and an executive public golf course.
Genesis is in the process of establishing an in-house music room for their clients—a free space stocked with instruments where residents can go to play music together, blow off steam and connect in early recovery.
Genesis works with the Los Angeles judicial system to accommodate court-ordered attendees.
In all, Genesis Sober Living is unique in combining luxury sober living with a comprehensive and individualized outpatient program strong enough to compete with the best residential programs out there. Aside from their location, Genesis’ greatest strengths are their flexible curriculum and elegant digs, as well as the fact that they accept a wide variety of insurance carriers. Whether clients have already attended inpatient treatment or are brand new to recovery, Genesis has a structure to meet addicts at whatever stage they’re in. At this price point, there is no better option.
Genesis Sober Living
2703 Motor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Genesis Sober Living Cost: $10,000-$15,000 (30 days, price depends on client’s needs). Reach Genesis Sober Living by phone at (800) 434-2301, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find Genesis Sober Living on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
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