Herbert House is designed around the needs of mature men who are new in their recovery. Herbert House is quite different from most other sober living homes in and around West LA or Culver City. There are a number of differences, but the main differentiation has to do with the type of resident we are tailored to.
Our focus falls within two categories, young men: ages 21-25 who are at least relatively mature in how they live and conduct themselves, and mature men: ages 25 and up, with solid career paths and demanding schedules. Our young men’s population has a somewhat higher level of structure, while still allowing them to meet their responsibilities and maintain their sobriety. We tend to attract male clients who are either working, going to college, attending outpatient treatment or something of a mix. Nevertheless, these are all men who, notwithstanding to their recent struggles with addiction or alcoholism, are responsible enough in their new sobriety to wake up each morning and participate in life as a productive member of society.
Herbert House is not an effective sober living environment for those who struggle with extreme dual-diagnosis issues or are otherwise in need of constant oversight and monitoring. And while we do offer 24/7 onsite staff presence, the purpose for this lies more in offering guidance, nominal structure and ongoing support for those of whom are dealing with outside life issues inherent to those who would otherwise be living on their own. One of many common examples might be, a resident who maybe just scored poorly on a college exam today and is struggling with cravings to drink or use as a means of calming the emotional pain. The irony here is that, while it’s an unfortunate event for him, the growing experience of walking through this pain and emerging on the other side can be a monumental victory for someone so accustomed to numbing the pain. We hate to say it, and we hate to see it, but this type of pain is so often a wonderful opportunity for our experienced staff to step in and help them in carving out new patterns for living life as a mature, sober adult.
Examples of prior or current Herbert House residents:
- UCLA & USC students
- Trade school and community college students (SMC, LA Trade Tech, etc)
- Enrolled in post-rehab outpatient treatment and/or private therapy
- Working in the financial sector
- Those with more simple “early sobriety” type jobs (barista, waiter, retail, etc.)
In a nutshell, this is a sober living environment that greatly discourages the act of sitting around all day and doing nothing with your life. We believe in fun and downtime and relaxation and all of that wonderful stuff, but we also believe that at some point in a person’s sobriety, the act of being sober and nothing more, is no longer enough. After all, we got sober so that we could re-enter life and live by a new set of standards. At Herbert House we put that mindset into action, and we invite you to join us down this road of “Success in Sobriety!”