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Reality House Sober Living

Torrance, California - USA (Los Angeles County)

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  1. Addict

    BE WARNED. Reality House is a HIGHLY structured sober living that consists of 2-6 hours a day of chores an hour of "book study" that is an excuse for the managers to take a lunch break, a meeting and lots and lots of yelling. Reality house is truly a bubble, you cannot leave without a member of the house with you and you may get yelled at for spending time by yourself. The emphasis in Reality House is not on the steps, it is on upholding the dogma and rules of Reality House. This includes HUNDREDS of rules whose consequences include writing hundreds, sometimes thousands of words or being forced to stare at a wall. Another aspect of Reality House is the practice of pulling covers. If you do anything against the dogma of the house you must sit while the other members scream evil vile things at you, you cannot react or more consequences will fly your way. This can get very demoralizing. Reality House does not teach people how to be sober in the real world because the real world resembles nothing of Reality House. They also have programs where if screaming and degrading you is not sufficient they will force you to do humiliating acts such as dressing up as a homeless person for a period of time or yelling every word you speak. These are called "programs" but there reasoning is vague. The house is designed to keep the children docile and trapped and the parents happy as they shell out the exorbitant cost of the house. If you visit on a Saturday everything seems fine, in fact it may seem like the best sober living you have ever seem. It is clean because that is most of what the house members do and the residents seem happy to be there because they have no choice. Expressing any doubt as to being there carries with it heavy consequences in the form of words, wall time (staring at a wall) and programs where you are put in uncomfortable situations. You cannot express any disagreement to your family because they have "been through enough already." The real reason is that most

  2. Addict

    I totally disagree with the comment above. My son is happier than he has been in years after only being at New Life for four months. Yes, it's hard work but it is exactly what my son needed. We take a different house member out with our son each weekend for fun and they all seem to appreciate all that takes place in the house. It's not fun being told what you need to work on but how else are you going to change? My son wants to change his life and they are giving him all the tools to do it. I'm actually in awe of how they think of everything. They have helped him through anxiety, fear, lack of work ethic,.... Everything! When he calls he actually wants to know how we are doing! He is groomed perfectly, cleans up after himself, and he's proud of himself now, yet not arrogant anymore! They also try to continually improve the program which I think is pretty dialed in already. In my opinion I wouldnt want my son anywhere else. I think the $ is more than worth it for what you get! We have our son back and he is changing for the better every time we seem him!

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