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Frequently Asked Questions

What to Bring?

Clients are advised to pack as if they are going on a three week vacation.  The dynamic coastal city of Huntington Beach has a sunny Mediterranean climate with average temperatures between 65-80 degrees.  Temperatures are cooler at night.  It is best to leave valuables at home.  Here are a list of items that would be good to bring:

  • Medical and RX Insurance card
  • Photo ID
  • Social security card
  • Casual slothes
  • Jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt
  • Walking shoes and sandals
  • Night clothes
  • Undergarments
  • All toiletries (blow dryer, shampoo, toothbrush, soap, make-up, etc…)
Dress Code

All guests must dress appropriately.  Dress that is considered inappropriate is wearing undergarments only, sleepwear, low-rise pants or shorts with underwear showing, and provocative clothing.  Shoes must be worn at all times and billed hats must be facing forward.  Gang related attire is not allowed or any other attire that would draw attention to the client as appearing as though they are a part of a gang.

What not to bring?

Please no not bring any medication that is not approved by a medical doctor, that is not your prescription, or that is a medication that is not approved  such as mouthwash with alcohol in it.  Do not bring furniture, as all residents are fully furnished, a desktop computer (a laptop is allowed), or pets.  Although there are pets on the premises, outside pets are not allowed.

Technology – What is allowed?

Phones, laptop computers, I-pads, are all allowed in the sober living homes.  Guests need to be considerate of others while using such devices.  These devices, however, are not to be used during group sessions and house meetings.  If technology is abused, it may be restricted for a short period of time.

What is a pass?

A pass is an overnight stay outside of the sober living home and is allowed only after 30 days if guest is abiding by all of the rules and if it is approved.  A pass can also be used for an extended curfew.

What is provided by Orange County Recovery

All residents are overseen by a House Parent and a Peer Coordinator, which is a senior resident and each house is equipped with a house phone, cable or Dish TV, internet access, cooking utensils, dishware, and a washer and a dryer unless their is a laundry mat within walking distance.  Guests are assigned daily chores and are required to keep the residence clean which includes making their beds upon awakening.  Bed linens, a pillow, a bath towel (if necessary), and an alarm clock (if necessary), are provided in each bedroom.