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Sobriety Works operates on the premise that inpatient treatment can be a bit too demanding for today’s working person, while sober living environments without regular treatment are not thorough enough. So it created a program in Santa Cruz, California that combines outpatient treatment with sober living.

One of Sobriety Works’ two treatment options is a couples sober living house with addiction recovery maintenance while the other offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in the evenings along with sober living. Clients stay in four different homes around scenic Santa Cruz, two for men and two for women, as they pursue recovery without putting their entire life on hold. Sobriety Works also welcomes those who are on probation or parole or are completing their Alternatives to Incarceration program.

Accommodations and Amenities

The four sober living homes are all within walking distance of bus stations and a few are located within a few miles of the beach. Each home has about six or seven bedrooms that residents share. The rooms are fully furnished with twin beds, nightstands, dressers and little odds and ends that make them feel cozy. The sober living centers are a bit outdated in terms of style, but most of them feature quite a bit of natural light, on-site laundry and a common area with cable television.

Residents are responsible for buying and cooking their own meals while living at Sobriety Works. Each house has a full kitchen, where residents sometimes cook meals together.

Rules and Regulations

Sobriety Works offers individualized, evidenced-based treatment in both the baseline sober living program and the IOP plus sober living program.

The sober living program includes off-site 12-step meetings, relapse prevention, house meetings, case management (which includes working with judges, lawyers, parole and probation officers and mental health professionals) and access to the women’s group, which meets weekly for two hours.

The IOP accommodates those who work in the daytime, but still want intensive treatment. It includes individual therapy, group therapy and educational seminars as well as all of the meetings available to the sober living clients. The program lasts 12 weeks and includes three hours of treatment three evenings a week for a total of 108 hours of treatment.

A typical day looks a little different for everyone. Unless enrolled in an IOP elsewhere, residents are expected to work or volunteer during the day. In the evenings, residents may attend the outpatient program, a 12-step meeting, a group meeting or a case manager meeting or have an educational seminar.

Sobriety Works employs a staff of about seven, including their business manager/liaison for those in court and county programs, an intake manager/case manager, a clinical director/case manager, a housing coordinator and an executive director as well as certified counselors. Staff is not always on-site at all times.

Extras

As part of the IOP, Sobriety Works offers free weekly aftercare sessions that residents are welcome to attend for one year after leaving the program. They can also refer clients to other mental health care professionals or 12-step meetings as needed.

In Summary

Sobriety Works could be ideal for those who are looking for affordable, intensive treatment and a sober living environment but want to continue working full time, or also those looking for just a sober living environment, but one with more individualized attention, particularly case management. The program appears to be incredibly popular, with prospective residents sometimes spending more than a month on the waiting list. This may reflect the location in Santa Cruz, which is very AA- and NA-friendly and provides a peaceful setting for recovery.

Sobriety Works
105 Post Office Dr, Ste F
Aptos, CA 95003

Sobriety Works Cost: $600 rent + one time $145 registration fee and $250 refundable deposit +$1,140 for outpatient services = $2,135 (30 days). Reach Sobriety Works phone at (831) 476-1747 or via email at [email protected]. Find Sobriety Works on Facebook

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