Founded 15 years ago in LA County’s San Fernando Valley A Step in the Right Direction in Northridge, California, is a drug treatment facility that provides traditional outpatient treatment, as well as gender-specific high end sober living.
Accommodations and Amenities
A Step in the Right Direction operates a female-only sober house, which is located in the Devonshire Country Estates, and a male-only house on nearby De Soto Avenue. The houses cater specifically to those in outpatient treatment at A Step in the Right Direction and are also available for those who have undergone detox, with some sobriety time under their belts. The women’s house accommodates 10 clients, while the men’s house has space for eight individuals.
Rooms are generally private, but a few semi-private ones are available where a new resident lives for a short while with a roommate who has more clean time. After some time in the program, each person is given their own room. Furnishings include a full-sized bed with wooden headboard, matching nightstand, dresser, a desk, lamp and huge windows allowing ample sunlight to brighten up the room.
The fully equipped kitchens include six refrigerators for clients to use. Foods including coffee, cereal, milk, deli meats, fresh fruits and veggies and breads are available for residents. As a rule, residents dine together after a Monday night 12-step meeting. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, laundry facilities and gym memberships.
Rules and Regulations
Requirements vary per client’s needs and include maintaining stable employment, attending school or participating in A Step in the Right Direction outpatient care. Other rules include attending three weekly 12-step meetings, gaining a sponsor and working the steps. Clients seeking an alternative to the 12-steps are allowed to participate in other recovery support groups, including SMART Recovery and AGAPE. A Step in the Right Direction understands that addiction and co-occurring disorders often go hand in hand so dual diagnosis support is provided for those attending outpatient treatment. Curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Cats and dogs are welcome! While some restrictions apply, clients are allowed to bring their fur babies along. The theme of creating an intimate, nurturing environment is strongly reinforced by a daily morning meditation in the women’s house.
A Step in the Right Direction Sober Living provides a tight knit family-style environment in a beautiful high-end setting. Each client receives individualized attention. Additionally, the theme here, depending on the house, is sisterhood (or brotherhood). No matter what recovery support protocol a client chooses, be it the steps or SMART Recovery, individuals are made to feel at ease and at home.
A Step in the Right Direction Sober Living
10251 Aura Avenue
Northridge, CA 91324
A Step in the Right Direction Sober Living Cost: $2,000 (30 days). Reach A Step in the Right Direction Sober Living at (818) 231-1400. Find A Step in the Right Direction Sober Living on Facebook, Google +, YouTube and Twitter
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