That’s right – 480,000. Almost half-a-million male and female alcoholics and addicts currently reside in recovery homes and sober living homes across the United Sates. That’s more than all the treatment centers combined. But what defines quality sober living? How do you know if you or your loved one will get the help and security they need?
Those are the questions Ken Shonlau, the founder of the Sober Living Network, asked years ago. When Ken couldn’t answer those questions to his satisfaction he realized something needed to be done. This realization led to his quest to establish an organization that would provide the answer.
The mission of the Sober Living Network is to identify quality sober living homes and to enhance, expand and protect them. Those that meet our requirements of standards and practices sign a Code of Ethics and are subject to inspections and ongoing training for staff and managers. In addition we are advocates for the owners and residents within the community, the city and the state.
As the Executive Director of the Sober Living Network, it’s been exciting to watch the network grow over the last 16 years. We now have 6 county coalitions. The boards of those individual coalitions are responsible to the owners and managers of those member structured sober-living homes. They insure proper staff training, code compliance and insurance compliance. When these criteria are met the recovery facility receives its accreditation. The Sober Living Network is the leading accreditor for quality sober living homes in Southern California, and in fact the whole of the United States.
We also help dispel any lingering anxiety a community may feel over the opening of a sober living home in their neighborhood. We do this by working closely with the community to dispense information about the positive impact sober living facilities can have on the community as a whole. Working with community leaders and concerned citizens we create understanding and enthusiasm for quality sober living facilities.
The statistics don’t lie. A person staying in a sober living home for a minimum of 6 months is five times more likely to stay sober than and individual who doesn’t. That can be a blessing for the community in many ways. People come off of the welfare rolls and becoming tax-paying workers. The burden on the justice system drops dramatically as recidivism rates for sober people are far less than those of active users. And the sober living facility costs the community nothing, as the member homes of the Sober Living Network are completely self-supporting.
480,000 reasons for hope. 12,000 reasons for hope in the greater Los Angeles area alone. I like being in the business of giving hope. It makes it easy to get out of bed every morning!Share post