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Still Waters Recovery Homes


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For over eight years, Still Waters Recovery Homes have offered a sober living environment for both newcomers and for men with more sobriety time under their belts. Located in a quiet suburban neighborhood in Lancaster, California, their mission is providing a structured recovery program based on the 12 steps.

Accommodations and Amenities

The side-by-side houses are accessible to each other and have large fenced yards. Amenities include a swimming pool, laundry room, covered patio, gym, jacuzzi and gazebo. Each house accommodates five men. They are paired in comfortably furnished rooms that include twin beds and dressers. Bathrooms are shared.

The Phase One residence houses newcomers, who have completed a 30-day minimum of inpatient care at a drug rehab while the Phase Two house contains men with a six-month minimum of sobriety. Many of the residents are Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center’s alumni, a nearby long-term residential drug rehab.

The houses both include dining rooms, large living rooms furnished with couches, a television and fireplaces. Each house has a large kitchen. The newcomer’s kitchen has a refrigerator with a built-in ice machine, coffee pot, microwave and stove. Men purchase their own food and personal hygiene products, including toilet paper. They also cook their own meals.

Rules and Regulations

Prior to admittance, men undergo a screening process to make sure they will be a good fit for the program. The house seeks clients who are enthused about the 12-step way of life. Length of stay is typically between six months and a year, but some residents stay longer. Typically, Phase Two house residents supervise the newcomers. Men receive individualized recovery plans, based on their needs. Initially, a resident must attend six meetings a week, and have a meeting verification card signed. Residents typically car pool to meetings.

They learn about the 12 steps and acquire sponsors. Completion of the steps is mandatory. After step work is completed, a resident focuses on job searching, while offering peer support and transitioning back into society. Curfews are 10:30 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. When clients move to the second house, typically between six and seven months, they earn overnight passes, as well as family visitation rights. The men are subject to random drug and alcohol testing, and the house has zero tolerance for relapse.

Staff includes Drew Harrity, administrator who has 16 years of sobriety and Brian Olinger, managing partner and LADC, who is also in recovery.


Vocational guidance and support is provided, including computer and Internet access, Excel or Word tutorials, resume assistance and help finding job leads. Clients participate in community outreach programs, which teach them accountability.

In Summary

Still Waters Recovery Homes offers a highly structured, 12-step approach for men in recovery. Not only do clients learn about a spiritual way of life, but also they are provided with basic life skills and peer support so that they can get their lives back on track.

Still Waters Recovery Homes
45128 Loma Vista Drive
Lancaster, CA 93535

Still Waters Recovery Homes Cost: $400 (30 days). Reach Still Waters Recovery Homes by phone at (661) 202-7384, (661) 946-1580 or by email at Find Still Waters Recovery Homes on Google+

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