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the story behind Karuna

When Karuna founders Lauren Philhower and Stacey Passas met at age 14, they were unprepared for what their friendship would endure: addiction, crisis, and stirring renewal.

From the start, the two did everything together. As high school freshmen, they played on the same basketball team; as sophomores, they shared their first drink; after graduation, they lived and used together. Stacey sent Lauren to rehab in Florida—then followed her friend to clean living. Through all the stages of addiction and recovery, the pair stayed close. When Stacey left treatment, Lauren, the then-Director of Operations at Bodha Recovery Residences, brought her on as a house manager. And the rest is history.

about us

the story behind Karuna

When Karuna founders Lauren Philhower and Stacey Passas met at age 14, they were unprepared for what their friendship would endure: addiction, crisis, and stirring renewal.

From the start, the two did everything together. As high school freshmen, they played on the same basketball team; as sophomores, they shared their first drink; after graduation, they lived and used together. Stacey sent Lauren to rehab in Florida—then followed her friend to clean living. Through all the stages of addiction and recovery, the pair stayed close. When Stacey left treatment, Lauren, the then-Director of Operations at Bodha Recovery Residences, brought her on as a house manager. And the rest is history.

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we believe in each other

Seeing each other through sobriety did more than seal this legendary friendship. It illuminated a common goal—helping others recover and transform. So the two founded the Karuna Recovery Residences, luxury Los Angeles and West Hollywood sober living. Their goal was to make the path to long-term sobriety as rock-solid as their friendship.

A tight-knit community bloomed and thrived. Karuna residents don’t live in a facility; we share a home we take pride in. We don’t follow arbitrary rules; we engage in a contract that benefits all residents. Working together, we help each other identify patterns and habits, and replace them with informed choices so that we can create the lives we want to lead.

“Karuna residents don’t live in a facility; we share a home we take pride in.”

Lauren + Stacey
Founders, Karuna Recovery

our founders

passionate about helping others

“We foster drama-free, healthy environments where residents can grow in recovery and we offer leadership opportunities to those with a flair for it.”

Karuna Recovery

our Philosophy

Defined.

Whether you are seeking treatment for the first time or leaving treatment, it can be disquieting and confusing to know what is best for your recovery. After months of hard work, you run square against triggers you left behind without the support of the people who helped you get sober.

At Karuna Recovery, we believe that in the months or years following rehab, the best way to acclimate is through semi-structured, affordable sober living combined with continued treatment and aftercare. We subscribe to this philosophy because it’s what worked for us.

We don’t believe that a sober home should be a sparse one. In fact, we think the opposite is true. Responsibility, structure, comfort, and fun all contribute to community at Karuna and community is what makes our residents’ recovery possible.

Our houses are well furnished, spacious and clean, and equipped with the right framework and resources to facilitate sobriety. Our residents provide each other with compassion, friendship, and accountability. Our house managers help residents learn or relearn self-care, and enforce house standards that promote reflection and keep residents on track. We foster drama-free, healthy environments where residents can grow in recovery and we offer leadership opportunities to those with a flair for it.

client expectations + standards

We provide a dignified, loving, and comfortable space for our residents to ease back into mainstream life. All residents must abide by the following Karuna Recovery Residence Standards:

  • Abstain from mind-altering substances
  • Honor treatment commitments
  • Attend daily recovery meetings
  • Work with a sponsor or advisor
  • Sleep in home nightly for the first month of residence*
  • Submit to drug screen requests
  • Leave the home for 24 hours in event of relapse
  • Attend nightly house meetings*
  • Observe curfews
  • Take direction from House Managers
  • Complete assigned house chores
  • Observe our good-neighbor policy
  • Pay monthly fees on time
  • Never engage in violent or aggressive behavior