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Karuna Recovery Privacy Policy

All communication through KarunaRecovery.com is strictly confidential. We do not share, sell, distribute, display, or otherwise transfer your information to any third party, person or entity, except when you request to communicate with an individual or organization directly. All information transferred through this site is encrypted for your privacy and security.

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their 'Personally Identifiable Information' (PII) is being used online. PII, as used in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, phone number, credit card information or other details to help you with your experience.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order, fill out a form or enter information on our site.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

  • To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
  • To quickly process your transactions.
  • To send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services.

How do we protect visitor information?

Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible. We use regular Malware Scanning.

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

We implement a variety of security measures when a user places an order enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.

All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.

Do we use 'cookies'?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site's or service provider's systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to understand and save user's preferences for future visits.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser's Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you disable cookies, some features of this website may not work properly. However, you can still place orders.

Third Party Disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. Ever!

Third Party Links

We do offer third party products or services on our website. However your information is only transferred to these third parties for the purposes of responding to your communication requests. Any form filled out on this website is deemed as your permission and consent to be contacted by the third party provider from whom you request information.

Google

Google's advertising requirements can be summed up by Google's Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. You may view Google's Privacy Policies in regard to advertising by visiting their website. We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site but we may do so in the future.

We have implemented the following:
We along with third-party vendors, such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together track site visits, pageviews, and Google search results.

Opting out:

Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising initiative opt out page or permanently using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law's reach stretches well beyond California to require a person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals with whom it is being shared, and to comply with this policy. - See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously. Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page, or as a minimum on the first significant page after entering our website. Our Privacy Policy link includes the word 'Privacy', and can be easily be found on the page specified above.

Users will be notified of any privacy policy changes:

  • On our Privacy Policy Page

Users are able to change their personal information:

  • By emailing us
  • By logging in to their account

How does our site handle do not track signals?

We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our site allow third party behavioral tracking?

It's also important to note that we do not allow third party behavioral tracking.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online. We do not specifically market to children under 13.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:

We will notify the users via email:

  • Within 7 business days

We will notify the users via in site notification:

  • Within 7 business days

We also agree to the individual redress principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or a government agency to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:

  • Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
  • Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders.
  • Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM we agree to the following:

  • NOT use false, or misleading subjects or email addresses.
  • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  • Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
  • Monitor third party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
  • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can follow the instructions at the bottom of each email, and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

Karuna Recovery Residences
(800) 563-1215
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Never Get Stuck in a Bad Sober Living Home Again

Sometimes sober living home residents don't take their recovery seriously. Sometimes sober living home managers contribute more to the chaos than the peace. But this isn't what a sober living home is supposed to be. A sober living home should be a place to find community, recovery support, and rest.

All of these are very common problems in sober living homes. There are very few legal requirements in place for sober living homes in California, which means its very important to research sober living homes before choosing one. Many people have horror stories about their experiences in sober living, but the good news is that its almost completely preventable with a little research.

Here are five simple tips to help sober living home seekers navigate sober living and use it to their full advantage during the recovery process.

1. Meet the people

For many of us in recovery, meeting new people is difficult. We often bypass talking to others or reaching out for new friendships based on bad experiences we've had in the past. While this is very common and understandable, meeting and getting to know the people who live in the sober living home is very important. These people will become family and primary support. In order to be safe and feel comfortable in sober living, potential residents want to know who their housemates are.

This can certainly be a task, but given the opportunity to tour the home one will most likely come into contact with at least one or two other residents. Ask questions about how they like the house, the others there, and the management. A good reference is someone who has been living in the home for some time and has the knowledge of how the house is run and its group dynamics. From there, one can begin to get an idea of what life will be like as a resident of the sober living home and whether its a good fit.

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2. Tour the home

When calling a sober living home for the first time, ask the manager for a tour of the home. Almost all sober living home managers will accommodate this, and if they won't allow a tour then move on. If the home can't be toured, then too many variables are at play. Moving into a home sight-unseen means that the safety, security, and cleanliness of the home can't be verified. Choosing not to stay in the sober living home at that point will usually mean a forfeiture of any fees already paid.

Once a tour date is set, make sure to write down and ask about any specific needs that will arise as a resident. Make sure that the schedule and environment of the home will promote a healthy lifestyle. Ask questions to ensure that the management is helpful and encouraging. How do they provide accountability to the residents to stay clean and sober and work their recovery programs? How do they handle relapses, drug tests, late rent, and household conflicts? It may be important that rooms be free of the smell of cigarette smoke due to allergies or other factors, so its important to know if potential roommates smoke or if the smoking area is right outside of the bedroom window. All of this can be handled with a simple tour of the home.

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3. Read the reviews

This may seem like a no-brainer, but navigating reviews can be a tricky task. All businesses are likely to have both positive and negative reviews, even for the best sober living homes. Bad reviews don't always mean that the sober living management can't be trusted, but having a lot of good reviews doesn't always mean that trust is warranted either. Read through the online reviews for any sober living home. Facebook is a great place to start as its so widely used and handles a lot of reviews.

Remember too, that the majority of people will not leave reviews unless they are either very happy or very unhappy. With sober living, many bad reviews are also left when a person is removed from the home for frequent relapses or ongoing conflict. In either case, bad reviews are highly subjective and often emotionally charged. It often helps to contact the manager of the sober living home and ask about any concerns regarding their reviews. What is their opinion about the situation? How do they handle things differently now to avoid that situation in the future?

Its common to see a dozen good reviews on a sober living home's social media page mixed in with a couple bad ones. Its impossible to please everyone all of the time. However, read through all of the reviews and pay close attention to those who write about familiar experiences.

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4. Work with the management

Sober living home managers are the ones who will be the point of contact for everything related to staying at a sober living home. This person will be a confidant as well as the front line person who will provide accountability for a resident's recovery program. The sober living home will set and enforce the guidelines of the home and be a live-in guide for life in recovery. Its important to find a manager who understands the residents' basic needs and is willing to work alongside residents to help them obtain their life recovery goals.

In recovery, when we run into problems the first thing we're encouraged to do is to ask for help. A huge part of this is ensuring that the people we place around ourselves are trustworthy and of good judgement. A sober living home manager is the same. Managers have the ability to be of great assistance in the residents' recovery journeys. On the other hand, there are many horror stories of sober living home managers using their positions for personal gain. Finding a sober living home with good management is essential to maintaining healthy growth in recovery.

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5. Work a good recovery program

Its important to make sure that a recovery program is in place and adhered to, and advice given by mentors and sponsors is followed. Ultimately, no one will ever be happy in any sober living home while stuck in a cycle of irritability, restlessness, and discontent. These are internal problems that are common in recovery, and they can't be corrected by making adjustments to external influences. It helps to maintain a constant focus on our own growth in recovery and mindfulness about where we still hold on to our character defects. The best sober living homes in the world will hold us to that accountability standard and challenge us to grow through our problems.

There's no doubt about it...almost every aspect of recovering from an addiction is difficult. Recovery forces us to look at ourselves and challenge our old ideas in ways that we've never experienced before. Sober living is intended to provide a strong support system for us in the early weeks and months of recovery as we learn to take inventory of our lives and work to make it better. Therefore, one of the most powerful things anyone can do for themselves in recovery is to seek out relationships and solutions that will build on their existing recovery programs.

At Karuna Recovery Residences, we've developed sober living for people who are serious about their recovery. We offer a strong support system for our residents and work diligently to help them achieve their recovery goals. Our passion isn't just helping our residents stay sober, our passion is helping others realize and achieve their goals and dreams in life!

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Relationships in Early Recovery

While there is no exact timeline in which the recovering addict/alcoholic should enter into a relationship, it is suggested that one year of sobriety is good guideline. In early sobriety, the addict is learning how to cope with life again without the use of drugs and alcohol, which in and of itself is very challenging. The stresses of every day life can seem overwhelming as they have been numbing themselves for a long time.

The reality of what has become of their lives because their addictions can seem daunting. And, it is not uncommon for those in early recovery to seek out new relationships as a distraction from uncomfortable feelings such as guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

It may be too soon to begin dating in early recovery if the addict and alcoholic can’t manage the feelings of a breakup or jealousy or feelings of abandonment. The “one year,” guideline is a suggestion since 12 months can provide the recovering addict to experience a variety of emotions due to new jobs, moving to a new home, traveling sober, holidays, celebrations, disappointments, etc. They have worked with a sponsor and completed their 12 steps, been of service to others, learned how to handle a variety of situations without drugs and alcohol.

Relationships are challenging for even the most well balanced individuals. Dating in early recovery can set up the alcoholic for an unnecessary relapse as their focus point is now on the new relationship rather than on their recovery.

There is plenty of time to pursue relationships after one gets their footing in sobriety. And, those relationships will be more meaningful and have a greater chance of blossoming into a long term, healthier one. The 12 steps of AA and NA are designed to clean house, clear up the wreckage of your past, recover, and become of service to others. A year under your belt sounds like a great suggestion all the way around!

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Contact Karuna

Karuna Recovery Residences offers caring homes, honest relationships, and structure and accountability supporting a life worth living—one rewarding day at a time.

800.563.1215

Thank you for your interest in Karuna Recovery Residences! We're excited to meet you! Please call us at the number above, or fill out the form on this page and we'll respond promptly.

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Karuna FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Karuna Recovery and sober living.

What's the difference between sober living and a rehab facility, outpatient program, or 12-step community?

Unlike outpatient treatment or 12-step, a recovery residence is a place to live. And unlike a rehab facility, sober living is flexible, semi-structured, and feels like home. Because sober homes don't have the resources to see patients through detox, most of our clients have been in primary treatment at some point.

 

How will living in a recovery residence help me stay sober?

Learning or relearning how to care for yourself requires practice. Sober homes provide just enough structure to help you master self-care in a supportive environment—while enjoying freedom and normalcy. Eventually, what you learn at Karuna becomes second nature.

 

Moving in to a Karuna home

What are the requirements to live in a Karuna Home?

In order to qualify as a resident, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be serious about your recovery
  • Have achieved at least 24 hours of sobriety
  • Agree to Karuna Residence rules and standards
  • Have no history of sexual or violent crimes

 

How long should I stay?

Sobriety is a different journey for everyone. You can stay with is for as little a month but we recommend you stay at least 90 days to develop a routine. If you'd like to stay longer, you're welcome to, as long as it's helping your sobriety.

 

What's included in my monthly fees? When do I pay?

Your monthly bill includes: utilities, telephone service, HD premium TV, and wireless internet and unlimited use of house computers, printers, and washer/dryers, paper goods, cleaning supplies, hand soaps and sanitizers, laundry needs, and coffee/sugar. A well-maintained kitchen with modern appliances, coffee maker, microwave oven, pots, pans and cooking implements is also included. You'll pay your first month's fees prior to moving in.

 

Life at Karuna Recovery

What's the curfew? And will I be able to stay elsewhere overnight?

Between 8:00 AM and 10:00 PM, Karuna residents work, go to school, go to meetings, volunteer, and participate in countless enriching activities. If a specific activity interferes with curfew hours, let us know and we can make exceptions.

For the first month, we require that you stay at Karuna every night to build routine and get comfortable. After that point, overnight stays are welcome with advance notice.

 

What if I relapse?

If you relapse, we discharge you from the house immediately. If your case allows, you may return, sober, 24 hours later. Continuous relapses may require acute care. We can recommend a program, and you can always return to Karuna afterwards.

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Los Angeles Sober Living

Highland House | Los Angeles Sober Living

Beautiful and spacious. Exquisitely appointed. Highland House is the multi-million dollar home of your dreams. Located in the historic and affluent Hancock Park neighborhood of West Hollywood, Highland House is not your typical recovery residence. With its spacious bedrooms, huge picture windows, and light and airy decor, you'll find a real reason to call Highland House your new home. Built in 1928 and meticulously maintained, our newly-remodeled home houses up to ten residents in its four spacious bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.

Located on Highland Avenue in West Hollywood, Highland House is within walking distance of the business districts along La Brea Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard. World-renowned shopping, dining, entertainment, 24-hour gyms, and even yoga studios are within the distance your feet can take you. Highland House has lots of parking for your personal vehicle, but is also just feet from the nearest public transportation routes.

Beautiful, spacious, and built just for you. Highland House is the recovery home of your dreams.

The resident community in Highland House sober living is low-key and tightly bonded. Residents respect and support each other in a healthy group dynamic and come together to reflect during daily meetings. Highland House is staffed by managers with calm and collected leadership skills, and a solid core of sober residents provides grounding so you can make your life yours again.

So pour yourself a cup of coffee, grab your favorite novel, and relax. You're home.

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Olympic House | Los Angeles Sober Living

On Olympic Boulavard just west of La Ciegega sits the prestigious and spacious Olympic House. With nearly 4,000 square feet of living space, our Los Angeles sober living home is a beautifully restored and exquisitely decorated 1930s architectual masterpiece. Bright colors, large picture windows, and new, modern furniture top off Olympic House with comfort and style.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Olympic House sober living is surrounded by West Hollywood, La Brea, Beverly Hills, Beverlywood and Mid-Wilshire. There is no limit to your options in entertainment, recreation, shopping and dining. Olympic House is also close to all major Southern California beaches, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, golf, and more!

Olympic House blends modern conveniences with beautiful 1920s Los Angeles neighborhood charm.

The resident community at Olympic House sober living is low-key and tightly bonded. Residents respect and support each other in a healthy group dynamic and come together to reflect during daily meetings. Olympic House is staffed by managers with calm and collected leadership skills, and a solid core of sober residents provides grounding so you can make your life yours again.

If you're looking for premium Los Angeles sober living home, then Olympic House is the place! If you've just come from treatment, and even if you're still receiving aftercare, Olympic House is the ideal place to experience life in recovery. Call or email us today to schedule a tour!

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Strickland House | Los Angeles Sober Living

Just a block away from the intersection of Wilshire Boulavard and South La Brea Avenue, Strickland House is a peaceful safe haven amongst the big, bustling cityscapes. With nearly 6,000 square feet of living space, Strickland House is our largest Los Angeles sober living home. A recreation room with ping pong and pool tables is a welcomed addition to Strickland House.

Strickland House sits square in the center of the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles. It is surrounded by the communities of Miracle Mile, Park La Brea, Hancock Park, and Central LA. Our house also has a high walkability score with multiple grocery, shopping, and dining options just a block away. Of course in Los Angeles, recreation and entertainment are never hard to find and Strickland House is no exception. Television studios, museums, theaters, and restaurants are all available within a mile of the house.

Beautiful, spacious, and built just for you. Highland House is the recovery home of your dreams.

The resident community at Strickland House sober living is low-key and tightly bonded. Residents respect and support each other in a healthy group dynamic and come together to reflect during daily meetings. Strickland House is staffed by managers with calm and collected leadership skills, and a solid core of sober residents provides grounding so you can make your life yours again.

If you're looking for premium West Hollywood sober living home, then Strickland House is the place! If you've just come from treatment, and even if you're still receiving aftercare, Strickland House is the ideal place to experience life in recovery. Call or email us today to schedule a tour!

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West Hollywood Sober Living

Crescent Heights House | West Hollywood Sober Living

Sweeping balconies. Rich hardwood floors. A rolling backyard, with guest house. Formerly an artist's West Hollywood refuge, our flagship Crescent Heights House sober living home is a luxurious space for recovery. You won't find a better option for West Hollywood sober living in Los Angeles.

Within, this fully furnished sober living home offers comfort, impeccable detailing, and plenty of communal space. Modern art pieces bring allure and sophistication to every room, and a grand piano is the perfect practice instrument for the musically inclined. With four bedrooms in the main house and a spacious loft in the guest house, Crescent Heights House's West Hollywood sober living accommodates up to 10 residents at a time, including a house manager and an assistant house manager. Take a stroll down bustling Melrose, and you'll find restaurants, grocery and drug stores, recovery meetings, a 24-hour gym, and public transportation.

Crescent Heights House is Los Angeles' best luxury sober living environment, located right in heart of West Hollywood.

The resident community in Crescent Heights House sober living is low-key and tightly bonded. Residents respect and support each other in a healthy group dynamic and come together to reflect during daily meetings. Crescent Heights House is staffed by managers with calm and collected leadership skills, and a solid core of sober residents provides grounding so you can make your life yours again.

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Detroit House | West Hollywood Sober Living

No West Hollywood sober living home is more beautiful, accessible, or modernized than Karuna's Detroit House. And at nearly 3200 square feet of living space, Detroit House offers ample space and few distractions to foster your newfound recovery.

Detroit House can best be described as a dream sober living home available for less than the cost of the average West Hollywood one bedroom apartment. That's not all that makes it special, however. Detroit House is a true community of supportive individuals with varying lengths of sobriety, and every member of the household works toward helping each other succeed at recovery and life. The resident community at Detroit House is low-key and tightly bonded. Residents respect and support each other in a healthy group dynamic and come together to reflect during daily meetings. Detroit House is staffed by managers with calm and collected leadership skills and are always available to help you make your life yours again.

West Hollywood sober living is redefined by the community and family that reside within Detroit House.

Located near Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, Detroit House is well within walking distance of shopping, dining, grocery stores, Starbucks, and endless entertainment and career opporunities. TCL Chinese Theater (formerly Mann's) is less than a mile away on Hollywood Boulevard, as is Sunset Boulevard, The Pantages, Hollywood Palladium, and El Capitan Theaters. Go for a walk down Santa Monica Boulevard, or grab a bus just a block away from the house. Detroit House is also just a short drive or bus ride from Melrose, Fairfax, La Brea, Wilshire/Mid-Wilshire, and the Miracle Mile.

If you're looking for a premium West Hollywood sober living home, then Detroit House is for you. If you've just come from treatment or you're still receiving aftercare, Detroit House is the ideal place to experience a new life in recovery. Call or email us today to schedule a tour!

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Locations

We put our hearts into providing a welcoming, loving sober living home for every one of our family members.

At Karuna Recovery Residences, our residents discover their lives and passions in a comfortable, supportive, and convenient environment. All of our sober living homes have the following amenities:

  • Private and semi-private rooms
  • Flat screen/plasma TVs with premium cable
  • High speed Wi-fi
  • Fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances
  • Free access to the washer/dryer
  • Free standard supplies (i.e. toilet paper, paper towels, laundry supplies)
  • Free street parking
  • Patios or backyards
  • Storage space for bicycles, golf clubs, surfboards, and other equipment
  • Unlimited coffee

Karuna Sober Living Homes

Karuna has sober living homes and recovery residences in Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Our sober living homes are located in safe neighborhoods and are designed to remove distractions from achieving successful, lasting recovery.

To learn more about our individual sober living homes, click on one of the locations below.

LOS ANGELES SOBER LIVING WEST HOLLYWOOD SOBER LIVING

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Meet the Founders

Meet Lauren Philhower

Lauren Philhower was destined for leadership although no one could have predicted its path. "My parents demanded perfection from a young age. I couldn't have sleepovers, my calories were restricted and the more they pushed, the more I fought back," says Lauren, Director of Operations and co-founder of Karuna Recovery Residences.

Lauren's resistance spiraled into a debilitating addiction. She left college to seek rehab in Florida, then moved to a sober home in San Francisco, where she received her initiation into sober living.

The experience was transformative. Lauren achieved long-term sobriety, and discovered her calling. "In this supportive, family-like environment, something just clicked. Taking responsibility, helping others like me it all just made sense," she says.

Once sober, Lauren rechanneled her ambition to win into changing lives through love, care, and structured living. She became a house manager first for the home she lived in, then for a home with Bodha Recovery Residences. She quickly rose to Director of Operations of Bodha, overseeing the entire operation and staff. When Stacey joined the Bodha team, she and Lauren decided to branch out and create their own brand of sober living guided by love, compassion, and commitment.

In the process of her supercharged career, Lauren has gone from testing the waters of leadership to taking rightful command. Today, she values luxury sober living for the same reasons you do: rock solid community and an unwavering loving-kindness that jumpstarts new beginnings. "Through your interaction with the others, you discover the traits that you value, and learn who you want to be," says Lauren. "I watch others lead and that made me the leader I am today. This job chose me, not the other way around."

Meet Stacey Passas

Karuna co-founder Stacey Passas is a force of nurture. "I've been taking care of people my whole life," Stacey says. "I made sure my friends were okay, I stepped up when my dad got sick before I got sober, I took care of everyone but myself."

Instinctively protective, Stacey was responsible for sending Lauren to rehab. But it took deep reflection before Stacey would afford herself the same care. "I thought Lauren would come back," she says. "But when I saw the life she had, I understood that's what I wanted, too." Stacey summoned her courage and entered primary care, then a sober home.

Sober living equipped Stacey with the tools to take care of herself as well as provide better care for others. "At first, I tried to bend the rules, get a later curfew," Stacey says. "My older housemates set examples that saved my life. I fought back, but if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here." Over time, Stacey developed an unshakable confidence, and became a leader in her own right.

As co-founder of Karuna, Stacey channels her self-assurance into setting an example for others. "By standing up for what I believe in, I let people know that they can do what I've done and recover," she says. Through honesty, compassion, and selfless action, Stacey helps Karuna residents during some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Tough and compassionate, Stacey listens to residents, gives advice when asked, and keeps the peace throughout the house. "I don't need anything back. I just want people to have the kind of life I have," she says. "That's enough."

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