A Natural High – Fitness an alternative to drugs


Fitness A Natural High - As an alternative to drugs Long term sobriety is the main goal of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction but unless treatment is delivered holistically it is not likely to be successful in the long term. Substance abuse does not just take a toll on physical health, mental health is also compromised.  It is essential that both mental and physical health are assessed in order to provide the best therapies with the highest possible chance of success.   As well as being effective, therapies must also engage the client and one of the things that do [...]

A Natural High – Fitness an alternative to drugs2019-10-08T17:11:30-07:00

10 Signs the Party’s Over


Most of us like a good party. There’s just something in our DNA that seems to make us enjoy hanging out with good people, having good fun, and not doing any work. Here in Los Angeles in particular, partying can sometimes feel like it comes with the territory of being a young man in one of the nation’s busiest cities-- and there’s no denying that a good party can often seem like a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and unwind. For many of us, though, partying could also spell danger-- especially when it involves drugs and alcohol. [...]

10 Signs the Party’s Over2019-01-21T12:00:10-07:00

Serenity, Courage, Wisdom: Dissecting the Serenity Prayer Part I


"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." For years, the twenty five words of the Serenity Prayer have acted as a guiding light for those of us battling addiction and our own inner demons. The words embody a few core principles of recovery, and many of us can even recite them by heart. It’s not the ease with which we can remember these words that makes them so powerful, however. It’s the meaning of the Serenity Prayer that makes it such a guiding [...]

Serenity, Courage, Wisdom: Dissecting the Serenity Prayer Part I2019-01-19T12:00:36-07:00

10 Benefits of Getting Sober Young


In his powerful song Starting Over, Macklemore croons some deep verses about recovery, relapse, and his journey to getting sober. One particular verse stands out: “If I can be an example of getting sober, then I can be an example of starting over.” As young men in recovery, getting sober is very much an opportunity for us to start over, as well. When we’re addicted, we can feel like our lives are falling apart. We lose friends, have little control over ourselves, and feel trapped in bodies that don’t feel like they belong to us. Getting sober is all about two [...]

10 Benefits of Getting Sober Young2019-01-15T12:00:02-07:00

Being a Young, Sober Man in Los Angeles


Los Angeles. The home of film, dreams, beautiful people, and activities galore. Being a young, sober man in Los Angeles means tons of exciting opportunities to explore, mature, and strengthen our independence. After all, there’s no better way to enjoy the City of Angels than with a clear mind and a sense of adventure. Here at The Last House sober living community, we help our men make the most of the opportunities Los Angeles offers by arranging social engagements like sober parties, serviceevents, conventions, fellowships and mandatory house outings, all designed to help us learn how to face common challenges with [...]

Being a Young, Sober Man in Los Angeles2019-01-09T12:00:12-07:00

Defining Sobriety: Getting Sober in Los Angeles


By dictionary definition, sobriety is simply the act of not drinking or using substances. In actuality, however, sobriety can mean a number of different things, and the way we choose to define sobriety for ourselves can define our recovery. As a sober living facility for men in Los Angeles, we choose to define sobriety as not just refraining from substance use, but as making necessary lifestyle changes which allow us to be the best versions of ourselves we can be. Through sober living methods that teach the importance of brotherhood, unity, accountability, and responsibility, we learn to rebuild ourselves into powerful, [...]

Defining Sobriety: Getting Sober in Los Angeles2019-01-03T12:00:35-07:00

Starting 2019 Sober: Best Year Ever


We’ve made it. 2019 is finally upon us, and with every new year comes new opportunities to better ourselves, achieve our goals, and become the men we always knew we could be. Year one of the recovery journey can duly be one of the most challenging and rewarding years of our lives-- and there’s no better time to get started than right now. As a sober living facility in Los Angeles, many of our men come to us not just for help getting sober, but in order to work on strategies that will help them maintain their sobriety while living in [...]

Starting 2019 Sober: Best Year Ever2019-01-01T12:00:57-07:00

Learning to Make Lemonade out of Lemons


Helplessness is a learned behavior-- but it’s one that many of us, thanks to the power of addiction, learn all too well. The Big Book describes helplessness as the last step before we turn ourselves and addiction over to a higher power: “Having reduced us to a state of absolute helplessness, you now declare that none but a Higher Power can remove our obsession.” In treatment, we learn a number of strategies to help us defeat helplessness. These strategies include things like making amends, forgiving ourselves, and learning to dig deep inside of ourselves to uncover latent issues that may have [...]

Learning to Make Lemonade out of Lemons2018-12-31T23:19:20-07:00

Sober Living After Graduation


Who said the sober living community’s way of doing things had to stop after we graduated? It doesn’t! The purpose of sober living is to prepare us for those “what’s next?” moments of our lives. We all have them. Maybe we return home to find that things have changed, and we need to pivot to get it all together. Maybe we find that living on our own, even after sober living, presents some challenges we didn’t expect to face. One of the best ways to cope with unforeseen circumstances in our home life is to go with what we know: the [...]

Sober Living After Graduation2018-12-28T23:36:44-07:00

Attitude Makes all the Difference


Attitude is probably the single most important concept of recovery. Sound like a bold statement? Not so much! The Big Book mentions the word “attitude” almost forty times, with one key thread: that once we’ve truly recovered, “our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.” Recovery isn’t just about getting over our addictions, or learning the skills we need to live life afterwards without going back to substances. It’s also about adopting an attitude and mindset that allows us to truly make the most out of life post-treatment. After all, what good is treatment if we only return to life [...]

Attitude Makes all the Difference2018-12-26T23:13:38-07:00