Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions.  If you don’t find the answer to your question here, and we know you’ve got lots of questions, you can ALWAYS give us a call or send us an email.  You’ll find an email form and our phone numbers on our  Contact Page…


What exactly is sober living?

A sober living facility is an alcohol and drug-free adult communal living environment that serves as interim housing to create a supportive place to transition from the addictive lifestyle to one of sobriety and responsibility. Malibu BeachSide Sober Living operates as a close-knit family. Staff and fellow housemates not only share a number of responsibilities, but they also provide emotional support, love, and encouragement to one another.


What is the difference between sober living and rehab and do you offer any treatment services?

Rehab centers usually offer full-service therapeutic treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in a very restricted environment. Sober living facilities, on the other hand, are intended as a supplement to the formal treatment and recovery process by creating an intermediate sober environment with generally less supervision than found in a rehab, but with more structure and peer support that would be expected in the client’s home environment. Malibu BeachSide does not currently offer therapy, counseling, or other inpatient-type treatment services; but we do work closely with local doctors, therapists, and rehab facilities and are happy to refer you to a medical professional or an IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) that will suit your particular needs and foster your therapeutic growth.


When do I enter sober living?

Many residents enroll in sober living during his or her final days in treatment, especially from a rehabilitation center, and transfer directly to the facility immediately after discharge. Although we at Malibu BeachSide believe that this is the best path to take, it is not an absolute requirement to live in our home.


Are you a “highly structured” sober living facility?

We have basic rules that each client must respect such as curfews, random drug, and alcohol testing, and maintaining some type of work ethic whether it is employment or education; but because we are a small facility (8 beds maximum), the amount of structure to which each client agrees, is tailor-made based on his or her individual situation. For example, one client with only 30 days of sobriety typically has more supervision than another client who has had 6 months clean and sober. Additionally, during the admission process and with our client’s permission, we collaborate with his or her treatment team, significant other, and/or parents (as applicable), to create the ideal structure and environment that will ultimately promote a successful return to society.


What is the cost?

We are located on one of the most exclusive beaches in the country, or perhaps the world; therefore we may not be the best choice for the person on a very limited budget. However, we are a much more affordable choice than many of the other sober living facilities in the area. Additionally, we have a variety of room sizes, views and privacy; so please, contact Andy and/or Matt and they will be happy to discuss pricing.


What about relapse?

As they say at 12-step meetings, “Relapse is a part of recovery”; but if one of our residents uses alcohol or drugs, he or she is discharged and referred back to treatment. Reinstatement is only possible after one has demonstrated proof of sobriety for at least a 14-day period.


What are the entry requirements?
  1. 18 years or older
  2. A serious commitment to recovery
  3. An ability to pay the residential fee
  4. Willingness to honor house guidelines and personal policies
  5. A sincere desire to become an active and supportive member of the household
Will I be able to work?

Absolutely! In fact, during the week, we expect you to be making efforts to move towards your positive transition back into society. This could mean working or looking for work, attending an Intensive Outpatient Program, going to school, or attending some type of self-improvement activity such as meeting with a therapist, working out, and/or attending recovery-based meetings.


What if I don’t like AA/NA?

We believe that a support system outside of the home environment further improves your likelihood of remaining clean and sober. Each of our staff and many of our clients do work the 12-step program, but this is not a requirement to live with us. What we do ask, however, is that you attend several of the local 12-step meetings before making your decision. Then, if you still feel that 12-step is not for you, we will help you explore other options such as Smart Recovery.


I have a court case and a probation officer. Can you help me with this?

Yes. We at Malibu BeachSide are experienced when it comes to working with probation officers, the California Dept. of Corrections, parole officers, judges, courts, etc., to help our clients make legal amends to society. If needed, we can accompany you to court, send progress reports to probation officers, and help you navigate “the system” so that you are able to fulfill your legal obligations and move on with your life.


Is Malibu BeachSide Certified?

Malibu BeachSide Sober Living, LLC is Certified by CAARR (California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources) and approved by the Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition for Health, Safety, Management, and Ethics.