Founded in 2014 in Long Beach, California by Carl Earhart, whose grandfather was cousins with the American aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart, Inner Image provides sober living to men, and a few women. Inner Image caters to clients with co-occurring disorders. Earhart, who is on the board for The Sober Living Network, was inspired to establish Inner Image, after he successfully participated with a 12-step call. Inner Image provides a 12-step based program, and clients live together, like one big family while they work on their recovery.
Accommodations and Amenities
Inner Image includes three houses, with a total of 40 clients. One of the houses is an old Victorian, which sits on a large property. While the house holds men, there is a cottage behind the house, which can accommodate six women in a room that contains three bunk beds, a large walk-in closet and TV. Depending on the location, the male clients reside in private, double, triple or quadruple-occupancy fully furnished rooms. All of the mattresses are brand new. Upon the arrival of a new client, mattresses are wrapped and treated, to ensure cleanliness.
The women’s property includes a fully equipped kitchen, but female clients share a common area with the men inside the Victorian home. They are responsible for their own groceries, and meals are prepared in fully equipped kitchens. Clients are directed to local food banks, and some qualify for food stamps, which helps towards the cost of groceries. Some clients also eat dinner at a local church. Additionally, staff provides nutritional guidance, so that clients learn how to eat properly. Amenities include Wi-Fi and Cable TV.
One house includes a washer and dryer, but the other two homes are within close proximity to a Laundromat. Often clients do laundry together, and participate in fellowship at Dollar Tacos, while their clothing is being cleaned. Staff lives on the premises, and Earhart is also an active owner, ready to provide ample support.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to arrival, potential clients must have undergone detox, and pass an alcohol and drug screening. They undergo an interview, and typically those who require a higher level of care, are provided with referrals. Narcotic medications, including benzodiazepines, and Suboxone are not allowed on the premises. Clients are encouraged to work a program of recovery. This includes attending 12-step meetings, getting and actively working with a sponsor, participating in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and participating in an exercise program.
At Inner Image, one size does not fit all, and clients pursue individualized recovery protocols. Additionally, residents participate in household chores, and are required to attend house meetings. The curfew is 10 pm, seven days a week, with lights out at 11 pm. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted to ensure the safety of the entire household. Theft is not tolerated at Inner Image. Residents who relapse are referred to detox, or to another safe facility. After seven days, they are accepted back into the house on a case-by-case basis.
Other services besides housing include life skills assistance, network and referral programs, educational guidance and assistance with personal development.
Inner Image is a member of the Sober Living Network, which demands high standards from its affiliates.
With Earhart at the helm, Inner Image is a wonderful sober living community for clients with co-occurring disorders. Former clients rave about Inner Image, praising Earhart for his devotion and help. Inner Image is a great place for those seeking to build a strong sense of fellowship, as the houses are bustling with camaraderie, while residents work on building strong foundations in their recovery. Inner Image also has house leaders, or clients who have been there for over 15 months. The house leaders provide mentoring and extra support.
803 Cedar Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
Inner Image Cost: $550 (30 days). Reach Inner Image by phone at (562) 786-1623, at (562) 500-5151 or by email.
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