“I was the only young person going to meetings, and trying to stay sober in my area. It made things really difficult, and it was tough to relate to people losing houses, unpaid mortgages, divorces, and children not talking to them. Sober College helped me remain sober and I was surrounded by other people my age. This made it so much easier to relate.”
- Scott S., Former Sober College Student
Sober College has helped to build a large tight knit community of young adults in recovery, founded upon accountability and sobriety. Sober College graduates often remain in Southern California, and frequently stop by just to check in and see what’s going on at Sober College, a place they at one point called home.
It is a rewarding experience for the staff to watch residents grow, develop and stay sober outside of Sober College. It can be difficult for young people to relate to the struggles that take place when drinking and drug use continue past youth. Unpaid mortgages, losing businesses, divorces, cars being repossessed, jobs being lost, and children disowning them are things that young adults find it difficult to relate. Sober College is a community of sober young adults working to better themselves. The young adults that attend Sober College come from different circumstances, but they all have age and struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.
Young adults have the uncanny ability to “fly under the radar” and need smaller, more intimate environments to help hold them accountable and to make sure they get the attention they need. Students have their housemates as well as staff available for support around the clock. Sober College students are under supervision by trained staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assure a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment.
All Sober College residential housing is considered family-style and operates under sober living criteria. However, there is always at least one staff member present with the residents at the houses at all times. This family-style living not only optimizes efficiency and safety of each resident, but it helps cultivate true relationships between residents. The houses frequently participate in group activities and group therapy with one or more of the Sober College counselors. Outings, most fitness related activities, and outside the entire household attends meetings.
Accountable to the Whole
This family- style living environment encourages house members to hold each other accountable for their chores, actions, and as a result their sobriety. The bonds residents make with their housemates throughout the Sober College experience can build some of the strongest friendships residents have ever had. Living in this environment teaches our students they are capable of having healthy relationships with both authority figures as well as their peers.
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