Ken Seeley Communities, is a group of three sober living facilities in Palm Springs, California founded in 2011. Seeley, who has been sober for 26 years and is a regular on the TV show, Intervention, was inspired by his own addiction and recovery to start the organization, which provides a therapeutic community and long-term luxury housing for clients in recovery. Besides sober living, Ken Seeley Communities also provides interventions and is currently in the process of opening an outpatient treatment facility for adults struggling with addiction.
Accommodations and Amenities
The three locations are known as the Palm Tee-Men’s House, The Alexander-Women’s House and finally, a co-ed location, for previous clients who have resided at one of the gender-specific facilities. The Ken Seeley Communities accommodate a total of 40 men and 30 women.
Palm Tee is a renovated 1950s hotel, which includes both single and double-occupancy rooms furnished with full-sized beds, nightstands, framed artwork and plenty of closet space. Amenities include a heated swimming pool, gazebo, a Zen room, Cable TV, Internet access and coin-operated washers and dryers.
The Alexander also had its beginnings as a Palm Spring hotel. The secluded retreat includes a Mediterranean-style villa nestled against the San Jacinto Mountains. The villa is comprised of five suites and one studio. The suites feature two bedrooms that are furnished with one king-sized bed or two full-sized beds, depending on the current head count. Also included in the suites is a full-sized kitchen, spacious modern-style living room, dining room, bathroom, and patio doors leading out to a common courtyard. The villa has a wrap-around patio with creeping vines and a swimming pool. Amenities include Satellite TV, washer and dryer.
At Ken Seeley Communities, clients are responsible for their own food. Refrigerator and storage spaces are assigned. Food must be eaten in the kitchen and dining room. Only light snacks are allowed in the living room. Clients must clean up after each meal, and can’t pour oil or grease down the sink. Outside designated smoking areas are available. Clients who sneak a smoke inside their houses are charged a $500 fine, if cleaning is required to remove cigarette odor.
Rules and Regulations
Ken Seeley Communities prefers that clients have completed residential treatment, but will admit those who have undergone detox, and who pass a drug and alcohol screening. Prior to admission, clients are asked to sign a code of ethics, which outlines certain non-negotiable rules. These include no romance with other client, no stealing nor borrowing of money and maintenance of proper hygiene, including taking daily showers.
All residents must participate in a 12-step program. A minimum of two AA/NA meetings are required daily. Working clients must figure out a way to fit the meetings into their employment schedule. Clients who are not employed are mandated to leave the house from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to look for work, attend aftercare or go to 12-step meetings.
There is no minimum required stay at Ken Seeley Communities however, clients are advised to stay as long as they need in order to build a solid foundation in recovery, prior to their re-entry into society. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. Those who test positive are dismissed from the premises for a minimum of three days. Staff ensures that they have a safe place to land.
Clients who have relapsed, but have a continued desire to pursue their recovery are allowed to return after going to detox. The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Mondays, and midnight on the weekends. There are two live-in house managers at each residence.
Ken Seeley Communities offers a Recovery Advocate Programs comprised of two levels, with Level Two being more time-intensive. Clients work with a treatment team on a one-on-one basis, similar to recovery coaching. The program includes monitoring, drug and alcohol testing, attendance at 12-step meetings, working with a sponsor and other assignments.
There’s a lot of intensity at these upscale facilities, both of which look like relaxing honeymoon resorts. For clients who are not keen about attending two 12-step meetings a day, this might not be the right place. But for those seeking a beautiful desert retreat and a chance to delve into recovery, Ken Seeley Communities might be the perfect spot.
Ken Seeley Communities
1425 Vía Soledad
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Ken Seeley Communities Cost: $1,200 (30 days). Reach Ken Seeley Communities by phone at (866) 909-9911 or 001-323-932-0077 (international). Find Ken Seeley Communities on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn
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