Oasis Women’s Recovery Community offers female-only non-profit long-term residential treatment in Sylmar, California. Executive director Anjanay Berrocal, who has longstanding sobriety, established Oasis Women’s Recovery Community in 1991. Her mission is to help women recover from chemical dependency and from the trauma that often accompanies addiction.
Accommodations and Food
Oasis Women’s Recovery Community accommodates 14 residents who live in a 3,292 square foot single-family house. There are four dorm-style rooms, with three or four women per sleeping area. The house has three bathrooms. Smoking is allowed, in a designated area outside in the large fenced yard.
Women rotate in groups that take turns with household chores such as cooking, cleaning and yard work. Cooking includes food preparation for the entire household. Residents eat together, family-style in a comfortable dining room.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment length is six months, and broken into three phases that include addiction counseling and education followed by life skills development and finally goal setting and re-entry planning. Group therapy is incorporated into each phase. Using a combination of CBT and the 12-step approach, group topics include relapse prevention, anger management, addiction education, self-esteem, trauma, parenting, communication skills, domestic violence, women’s health, nutrition, life skills and interpersonal relationships. Residents wake up at 7 am and lights out is at 10 pm. Residents are required to attend daily 12-step meetings off the premises. Prior to discharge, they must get a sponsor and complete their steps.
While women are at Oasis, they are considered “disabled” which allows them to receive state benefits that cover the monthly cost of $750, plus food stamps (which cover groceries). Typically, there is no out-of-pocket cost during a resident’s stay.
Anjanay Berrocal runs Oasis Women’s Recovery Community, with the help of volunteers. She is an LADC.
The women have the opportunity to learn vocational skills that include computer training. They perform community service activities, such as catering for local community events, gaining hands-on work experience.
Residents participate in extracurricular activities such as live theatre, comedy shows, sober dances and picnics. Yoga is also offered once a week.
This rehab is an oasis for financially-challenged women seeking a spiritual approach to recovery. Healthy habits like daily meeting attendance, plus no-nonsense tactics help residents get their lives back on track. Keep in mind that there is a waiting list, and it typically takes three to five weeks to get a bed.
Oasis Women’s Recovery Community Location
13832 Polk Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
Oasis Women’s Recovery Community Cost
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