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Costa Mesa CaliforniaThe Basics

Founded in 2012 in Costa Mesa, California, The Lodges provides safe and highly structured sober living for men and women in recovery. The Lodges has onsite staff, including CADCs, who interact with residents, and provide much needed guidance and support. There are three rotating shifts of onsite staff. Around the clock supervision is provided.

Accommodations and Amenities

The Lodges accommodates 36 women and 28 men in gender-specific townhomes, which are comprised of three bedroom units. There are two clients per fully furnished bedroom. Bedrooms are cozy, and include twin beds, nightstands, lamps and closets. Each townhome accommodates six residents. The townhomes include hardwood floors, bathrooms with marble counters and contemporary furnishings.

While clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation, other amenities are available. For an additional $300 monthly, clients receive grocery budgeting services. Each week, a $75 grocery card is allotted and used towards the purchase of food. For an additional weekly fee of $300, a personal chef prepares three daily gourmet meals, and teaches cooking skills. For a monthly fee of $300, transportation is provided to local venues including the grocery store, seven weekly 12-step meetings and the pharmacy. For an additional monthly fee of $500, clients are driven to Los Angeles and other locales, within reason.

The basic 30-day cost is $1,500 and includes a welcome package, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, Cable TV, Direct TV and central heating. The welcome package includes fresh linens, bedding, towels and bed covers. Single rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis, for an additional cost.

Rules and Regulations

Potential clients seeking a spot at The Lodges must have been clean and sober for a minimum of 80 hours and must pass a preliminary drug and alcohol screening. Other requirements include attendance at seven 12-step meetings, performance of household chores and participation in “double scrub,” a weekly Sunday cleaning event that takes place after the mandatory house meeting. The Lodges does not believe in a “one size fits all” approach in regards to recovery. Clients who don’t want to go to AA/NA/CA are encouraged to check out alternatives, including SMART Recovery. Some residents participate in outpatient treatment and attend local drug rehabs including True Recovery. The outpatient tracks are typically from 4 pm to 7 pm, between three and five days a week.

Drug and alcohol screenings are conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Lodges practices a zero tolerance policy. Relapsed clients are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Those who slipped over the weekend and are remorseful, are given a second chance. Client who bring drugs and alcohol to the house and threaten the safety of other residents are immediately evicted from the premises.


Other services, included in the rent, include resume building, vocational and educational guidance, and recovery coaching.

The Lodges is located in close proximity to the beach, freeways, shopping, a few local colleges and local businesses.

In Summary

The Lodges offers a highly structured approach. Men and women focus on building a solid foundation in recovery plus learn basic life skills, including cleaning, as evidenced by the mandatory Sunday “double scrub.” Staff is on hand to provide support, and various other amenities, including prepared gourmet meals are available. The Lodges does not like to disclose their address, for the safety and privacy of clients.

The Lodges
Costa Mesa, CA

 The Lodges Cost: $1,500 (30 days). Reach The Lodges by phone at (866) 610-4480.

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