Seattle Sober Living Review
Founded in 2015 in Seattle, Washington by executive director David Gould who has been sober for three years, Seattle Sober Living offers upscale and highly secure sober living for men. Situated on Puget Sound, Seattle Sober Living maintains a serene atmosphere, while clients work on their recovery. Gould began his recovery in the Los Angeles area, but he opened the house to fulfill a much-needed demand in the Seattle area.
Accommodations and Amenities
Seattle Sober Living’s Puget sound home accommodates 15 men, including Gould and a house manager, in a high-end brick building named Beachwood. The facility has a 19-bed capacity and includes 10 units, where the men are housed. Residents are housed in single or double-occupancy rooms furnished with twin or full-sized beds, dressers and closets. A luxurious leather couch, matching armchairs, a black coffee table, flat screen TV and an entertainment center make up the living room. The residence boasts wood tile and wall-to-wall windows with a view of the ocean. The fully equipped kitchen has a granite countertop and stainless steel appliances.
The second men’s facility is in Kirkland and the accommodations are similar. The rules are the same in both facilities. There is also a women’s facility in West Seattle on the water. Rules and accommodations are the same as the men’s West Seattle building.
Clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. This community dinner encourages fellowship. Amenities include all utilities, detergent, paper supplies, cable TV, Wi-Fi and laundry. The residence has an outdoor patio with chairs.
Rules and Regulations
While ninety percent of new clients have graduated from a 30 to 90 day residential treatment program, Gould looks for men who express a strong willingness to work on their recovery. Additionally, all applicants must have undergone detox and pass an alcohol and drug screening. Gould also checks references for each prospective client. After that, he conducts a face-to-face interview with the applicant to ensure it’s a proper fit. Clients on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), including Suboxone, are not admitted. Narcotic medications, including benzodiazepines, are prohibited.
Gould works with clients one-on-one, and often requirements are individualized, based on each man’s needs, and their recovery protocol. Basic requirements include attending an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), working, going to school or volunteering. Residents must attend recovery support group meetings seven days a week, and also attend the Monday night house meeting. Occasionally there is a meal provided after the meeting. While this program is 12-step based, some men may choose to attend Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist oriented recovery program or SMART Recovery. Those in IOP can use group therapy towards the weekly meeting requirement.
Other rules include acquiring and maintaining an active relationship with a sponsor, working the steps, performing household chores and waking up between seven and eight am, Mondays through Fridays. Clients must be out of the door, and ready to start their days by 9:30 am. The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and one am on Fridays and Saturdays, but Gould reserves the right to adjust the curfew, especially if a client appears to be struggling and it seems to be in his best interest to have him return home at an earlier time. Random drug and alcohol screening is conducted. Clients who have relapsed must leave the premises, but staff ensures they reach a safe destination.
Other services besides housing include money management, transportation (if appropriate), outpatient and psychiatric referrals and help with daily goal setting. Being close to the beach, allows clients to participate in a plethora of recreational activities including swimming, running and kayaking. Clients can expect monthly outings paid for by Seattle Sober Living such as bowling, an escape room, Mariner’s games and the trampoline park.
Gould and his house manager work closely with clients, providing them with individualized attention. This is a highly supportive sober living community where men experience a strong sense of camaraderie, and learn to hold each other accountable. For men seeking a top-notch sober living in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Sober Living is a great option.
Seattle Sober Living Location
Seattle Sober Living does not like to disclose their address for the safety and privacy of their clients.
Seattle, WA 98116
Seattle Sober Living Cost
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