Founded by James Kingston, who is in recovery, King-Stone Sober Living operates five gender-specific sober living houses in Riverside, Moreno Valley and Hemet, California. The houses all offer clean, modern accommodations and are strategically located in close proximity to 12-step meetings and public transportation.
Accommodations and Amenities
One Riverside location features a five-bedroom house inside a gated community. Men are paired in comfortably furnished bedrooms. Amenities include Cable TV, a spacious backyard, a swimming pool, a computer with Internet access, central air and heating. The downtown Riverside Victorian house has seven bedrooms, with two men per room. Amenities include Wi-Fi, an outside patio with barbeque, Cable TV and a house computer for residents to share.
The Moreno Valley house for women is a two-story pink structure with brown trim. There are nine double-occupancy rooms, and each bedroom has a private bathroom. Amenities include Cable TV, computer with Internet access, central air and heating, and a shady backyard patio area. The Hemet location for men is a two-story house with 13 double-occupancy bedrooms. The gated property features central air and heating, Cable TV and Wi-Fi.
Smoking is allowed on all the properties outside in designated areas. Clients are responsible for their own food, and meals are prepared in fully equipped kitchens. The houses have live-in managers ready to provide support to clients.
Rules and Regulations
Clients must have completed detox prior to admission. Weekly requirements include attending three 12-step meetings a week, performing household chores, working the program of AA/NA, getting a sponsor and participating in-house meetings. Length of stay is determined per client’s needs and any form of feasible income is acceptable, including SSI, unemployment and disability.
King-Stone Sober Living provides a relaxed and family-style environment, with the hope that clients will become part of the community and want to go to meetings on their own free will, not because they are required. While the house practices a 12-step protocol, there is the belief that AA cannot be forced on people and that a client must develop the willingness to stay clean and sober on their own.
Random drug and alcohol tests are conducted, but King-Stone Sober Living does not immediately throw a client who tests positive out in the street. They attempt to help a person who has relapsed, rather than practice a tough love policy. At King-Stone Sober Living, there is no set curfew time with the belief that providing an atmosphere that provides the freedom that parallels regular life will prepare the client for a better eventual transition back into society.
As a member of the San Bernardino Sober Living Network, King-Stone Sober Living meets specific standards set by the network for cleanliness, safety and ethics.
King-Stone Sober Living provides a safe and serene environment allowing clients a chance to pursue the 12-steps on their own accord. For those requiring intensive structure, this sober living house might not work because the atmosphere is designed to provide clients the freedom to make their own decision. However, clients who are highly motivated and seeking an opportunity to feel a sense of family while they work their steps, this would be a good fit.
King-Stone Sober Living
4889 Streambay Ct.
Riverside, CA 92505
1821 10th St.
Riverside, CA 92505
24419 Myers Avenue
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
25967 S. Yale
Hemet, CA 92544
King-Stone Sober Living Cost: $500 (30 days). Reach King-Stone Sober Living by phone at (951) 323-2938. Find King-Stone Sober Living on Google+
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