With two houses in Los Angeles, California’s San Fernando Valley, one in North Hollywood, and the other in Van Nuys, Sobriety Central steers newly clean and sober men down the road of recovery. Their quaint sober living homes are highly affordable, and Sobriety Central is also a member of the San Fernando Sober Living Coalition, which requires its affiliates to maintain high quality homes.
Accommodations and Amenities
Sobriety Central has a total 35-bed capacity, with space for 20 men to live in the North Hollywood house, and 15 to reside in the Van Nuys residence. Between two and four men share bedrooms, which include bunk beds or twin beds, dressers, nightstands and lamps. The North Hollywood house, which is the more affordable option, has mainly bunk beds, while the Van Nuys home primarily has twins. With the belief that isolation is detrimental to early recovery, there are no single rooms.
The houses are decorated with antiques, and have a rustic air. Furnishings appear to have been arranged with the expert eye of an interior decorator. Residents are responsible for their own groceries. Each house has a spacious, fully equipped kitchen where meals are prepared. Amenities include cable with movie channels, Wi-Fi, house computers, exercise equipment, and laundry. Smoking is permitted outside on patios that have barbeques, where residents often grill food, and hold get-togethers. Clients are not allowed to smoke in front of the houses or indoors. House managers live on the premises at both homes.
Rules and Regulations
Sobriety Central typically only welcomes clients with a minimum of 30 days of sobriety, but men with less time are accepted on a case-by-case basis. All individuals must have undergone detox. They often accept clients who have graduated from local inpatient programs at Tarzana Treatment Center, Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center and CRI-Help. Sobriety Central also admits criminal justice clients who are referred by parole officers, judges and courts. Such clients are often escorted to court appearances by a staff member, and are provided with letters of progress to give to their parole officers, or an appropriate party.
At Sobriety Central, clients have structure and responsibilities, all designed to help them stay focused on their recovery, and on their new alcohol and drug-free lives. Requirements include attending a minimum of two 12-step meetings a week, performing basic household chores and being at the weekly house meetings. Clients are also expected to gain employment. Job leads are provided to assist with the process.
The curfew is 11 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and one am on Fridays and Saturdays. Violation of curfew is when clients don’t inform staff that they are running late. A series of curfew violations is cause for dismissal. Any latecomers are also subject to a drug and alcohol screening. The men must be dressed when they are in common areas. This means they must be wearing a tank top or a shirt. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. Residents who relapse are usually referred to a detox or drug rehab.
Joey Axelson, who is the director of Sobriety Central, is also in recovery. Clients are referred to as “guests” and not “residents” with the concept that they have to treat the house with the same respect that a visitor would have, if they were invited to another person’s dwelling.
With Axelson, who is passionate about recovery, at the helm, clients are in great hands. Sobriety Central offers clients highly affordable and safe sober living that exceeds the demands of the San Fernando Sober Living Coalition. The location is prime, close to a plethora of 12-step meetings, with shopping malls and Starbucks on almost every corner. For men who are looking for a great sober living, Sobriety Central is a great fit.
15411 Valerio St
Van Nuys, CA 91406
7726 Coldwater Canyon
North Hollywood, CA 91605
Sobriety Central Cost $550-$625 (30 days). Reach Sobriety Central by phone at (818) 326-6499. Find Sobriety Central at Facebook
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