Founded in 2013 by Kelly M. Seidlitz who has 22 years clean and sober, his wife Annette Seidlitz, and Tina McGraw, Gratitude Recovery operates two lavish co-ed sober living houses in Malibu and Brentwood, California. Besides providing luxury housing, residents receive transitional care, specifically counseling in mindfulness and DBT-based skills.
Accommodations and Amenities
Only a short distance from Zuma Beach in Malibu, The Log House is a beautiful home with full size windows providing canyon views, high-beamed ceilings and an eclectic interior including an old-fashioned winding staircase and modern living room furniture. The house has a breakfast nook, two living rooms, a foyer and five bedrooms.
Log House accommodates seven clients, including two men and five women who reside in luxurious private or double-occupancy rooms. A typical room includes a full sized bed with a headboard, a nightstand, lamp and armchair. There’s a strong emphasis on brown and earth toned accents, in keeping with the rustic quality of the house.
The Brentwood House is a sparkling white colonial manor with a black front door. The house accommodates eight clients who reside in double or private suites. Furnishings include full sized beds with headboards, tiled floors and dressers.
The kitchens are stocked with organic, healthy food, beverages and snacks. While clients make their own breakfasts and lunches, staff prepares gourmet dinners. Special dietary needs, including gluten-free, are accommodated. Coffee is provided. Amenities include transportation, a six-month subscription to My Brain Solutions, case management, maid service, nutritional counseling and transitional care.
Rules and Regulations
In order to live at Gratitude Recovery, clients be enrolled in some form of outpatient treatment—including an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), individual therapy or psychiatric counseling. Other requirements include active attendance in a recovery support group, participation in the house group sessions and being present at the weekly house meeting.
Clients are encouraged to attend a minimum of four weekly recovery support group meetings of their choice, including 12-step, SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery and Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist-oriented group. The on-site group therapy includes mindfulness on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and DBT-skills from 8 to 9 am Tuesdays and Thursdays. The DBT group topics include emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and mindfulness skills.
Case management services include coordinating medical and mental health appointments, providing referrals for IOP and holistic therapies. Other requirements include no intimate relationships between clients, maintaining consent to allow staff access to medical and mental health records and being respectful and courteous of housemates. On a weekly basis, clients are randomly drug and alcohol tested between two and three times. The curfew is 10 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight on the weekends.
Staff includes Kelly M. Seidlitz and Tina McGraw, both Master’s-level drug and alcohol counselors and Annette Seidlitz who managed a therapeutic foster home for a decade. Additionally, she is a gourmet chef and prepares dinners for clients. Seidlitz also teaches life skills, including nutrition, food shopping, cooking and budgeting.
The Log House was built from the logs of trees that were destroyed in a wildfire in Montana. At Gratitude Recovery, the Log House is a symbol of rebirth and strength.
Gratitude Recovery provides individualized attention, comprehensive services and a gorgeous ambience for clients in recovery. For those who can afford the hefty price tag and are seeking a sumptuous refuge where their every recovery need will be met, Gratitude Recovery is an amazing choice.
31213 Bailard Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
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