Clean and Sober Transitional Living: Testimonials

At the end of my 30 day rehab at St. Helena I was advised very correctly by my counselor that if I wanted to stay sober I would need to do a transitional living situation. Of course I wanted to go home and get my old life back. Which is absolutely the wrong thing to do. So, I listened, and chose Clean and Sober Transitional Living after visiting several others in the Sacramento area. I stayed at Clean and Sober Transitional Living for a year. I continued to work at my high profile job, as my superiors had no idea nor interest in "where" I was living. I continued life as I knew it, with the exception of living with other drunks. This was a privilege and it kept me sober. I value my time at Clean and Sober Transitional Living highly and at the end of the month, I celebrate four years continuous sobriety.

My name is Jeb and I am 21 years old (2010). I have been in treatment for alcoholism and addiction 6 times. Once I really decided I had to change, I became willing to follow suggestions. During my last stay in treatment I was told my best shot at long-term sobriety was to move into a sober living environment immediately following treatment. I agreed and moved into Clean and Sober Transitional Living in early April 2009 directly from my release.

I lived in Phase I for 3 months. During this time I got connected, found relationships, and built a solid foundation for sobriety in a safe and recovery-conducive environment. Here I was able to work out some of the heavy issues from my past and gain momentum in the program. I moved into Phase II for 6 months and enjoyed more freedom while still being surrounded by recovery orientated & supportive people.

While in Phase II I got a job where I am still employed today, returned to school and got involved in recovery service. Clean and Sober Transitional Living has been an integral part of my recovery – it provided me with the security and support while I recreated my life and I am forever grateful. Today I live a wonderful life, clean and sober in Folsom, CA with two close friends in recovery and our dog "Roody". I work part time and attend undergraduate college in Folsom.

I moved into Clean and Sober Transitional Living (Phase I) in May 2008, at the age of 47, after seven tumultuous years of attempts at addiction recovery—the enormous wreckage and pain I had caused my family; the difficulty retaining my employment; visits to psych wards; and the physical and emotional damage I brought to myself constituted the fallout I brought with me upon entry.


When I arrived at Clean and Sober Transitional Living, I was done—I had finally "hit bottom" in my addiction as it were. And I was ready to do the work suggested to me—and I did it to the best of my ability! By the six month point, I became heavily involved in the community's leadership, serving on both of Clean and Sober Transitional Living's resident committees, began managing one of the Phase I houses, and began guiding other men in their twelve step programs. At the nine-month point, I moved into the largest Phase II home in the community. I lived there a year before taking on the house manager position that I currently hold. I have lived at Clean and Sober Transitional Living for twenty-seven months now, and I am making continued strides toward the eventual goal of re-entry into mainstream society.

Clean and Sober Transitional Living Management often says that they bring "the facilities" and the residents bring "the program" making the successful team that we are. It has afforded me the opportunity to define a program of recovery to initiate the growth process. I can't say enough about the effectiveness of this team approach that promotes the tools needed to really attack the disease of alcoholism and addiction. I would recommend Clean and Sober Transitional Living to anyone who is serious about their recovery. As with any endeavor, ultimate success depends on the individual's choice to make the necessary effort--Clean and Sober Transitional Living fosters an environment to make that choice.

Recovery is a lifelong journey. I have already learned from my experience that there are many phases of adjustment, prioritization, and corrective action needed along the path of recovery--the task of repairing the destruction we have caused ourselves and our loved ones is a daunting one. Today, I'm grateful to be on a path that offers solutions!

"I am a professional engineer and an alcoholic. I had a great job ($$) and a wonderful family, but my drinking began to rule my life. I was one of the lucky ones, my employer paid for me to go through a 28 day rehab program. After I got out I went back to my normal life at work and home. Unfortunately I was back to drinking in less than three months (worse than before) and this time I lost both my job and my family. I heard about Clean and Sober Transitional Living and decided to check into their program. I went through the detox center and then moved into their transitional living program. It was the best thing I ever did. It was the right program for me. It gave me the support I needed from other alcoholics and a structured living arrangement. I got my job back, went back to work while living at Clean and Sober Transitional Living and reunited with most of my family. After one year I moved out of Clean and Sober Transitional Living and into a house with two other recovering alcoholics. I now have 3 ½ years of sobriety and I am living back in my house and living a great life of recovery! I would not be where I am today without the time I spent at Clean and Sober Transitional Living."



My name is Dennis C. I lived at Clean and Sober Transitional Living for 14 months. I was a mess when I came and I was flat out broke. I am a contractor and one of the benefits of Clean and Sober Transitional Living was not only did they let me work and live there, they encouraged it. I was able to rebuild my business, my self esteem, and the necessary recovery I dearly needed at the same time. The mixture of these items and the AA program I worked was great. The results surpassed my hopes and goals. In Clean and Sober Transitional Living, we are a family of non perfect people who help each other to overcome our life and addiction problems. I no longer live at Clean and Sober Transitional Living, but I am a participating member and proud to call these people my family. The interaction of the residents, along with meetings being on site is beneficial to one's recovery. Don Troutman, the founder, is a crusader for recovery. He has living costs reasonable and affordable. This place saved my life. I recommend Clean and Sober Transitional Living to anyone who wants recovery and change their life.

My name is Jordan M. and I am 21 yrs old and a recovering drug addict. My addiction led me to being homeless, hopeless demoralized and miserable with contemplations of suicide on a daily basis.  I felt as if I had nothing to live for, my older brother passed away from addiction two and a half years ago and he was my best friend and my hero. Ever since then I was on a downward spiral that led to me sitting on a curb, robbed, homeless, cold, miserable and ready to kill myself.  I was given a lifesaving opportunity to move into CSTL nine months ago.  Unlike past sober living environments I had been to, CSTL's structure and strong recovery based program was exactly what I needed to get some sobriety under my belt and life knowledge to get back on my feet.  I am currently living in Phase 2 of CSTL and am working on starting my own business and starting a new sober life that I am progressing daily in.  I must give CSTL credit in playing a huge part in saving my life and helping me get to the place that I am today.

After completing a lengthy stay at an inpatient residential rehab, I moved into a room rental situation with some family members. And even though they were sober and involved in recovery, this is usually not the best thing for the family or the person in transition. The history and personal involvement we have with family members often makes recovery basics complicated.
Needless to say I was over a year clean and sober before moving to Clean and Sober Transitional Living and was concerned that I was taking a step backward instead of forward in my transition to normal healthy living in society. These fears were unwarranted, as Clean and Sober Transitional Living has the ability to accommodate a wide variety of recovering people's needs. My needs were not that strict, I moved into a phase two house after a brief phase one tenancy, and continued to enjoy the freedom of my own room, yet safety of being around others with the same needs, and low cost living for several years.

The last week of my stay at New Dawn Recovery Center they started suggesting a follow-up program after my 30 day stay. We talked about transitional living, I spent about 6 months in an out of different places before going to Clean and Sober Transitional Living, the place saved my life, without a doubt the best decision I ever made towards my recovery.

I stayed at Clean and Sober Transitional Living for more than three years and even became an Assistant Manager. I feel that transitional living is the best course to take for a person in early recovery from substance abuse. Clean and Sober Transitional Livinghas so much to offer to a recovering addict in the way of support, meetings on property, and a structured life style that helps a person cope with the real world without the use of drugs or alcohol.

I am from Monterey, California where I grew up, became a painting contractor and raced motorcycles for over 20 years. I am also an alcoholic. Through the help of my sister and the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula I found Clean and Sober Transitional Living in 2006. I became a resident and lived there for about 10 months before returning home. Unfortunately, I relapsed and with the urging of my ex-wife and my family I returned to Clean and Sober Transitional Living in April of 2009. I first went to their Detox, with very little hope, for 10 days and then moved back into the community. I have been sober ever since. I remembered a comment I heard at an AA meeting that went something like "if nothing changes, nothing changes". Well I knew I had to change and living at Clean and Sober Transitional Living makes that transition a lot easier. I consider Clean and Sober Transitional Living my 2nd family and I am proud to be a member of this community. My relationship with my daughter, Morgan, and the rest of my family in Monterey is simply wonderful. Today I reach out to the newcomer with acceptance, patience and respect. I owe my life to Clean and Sober Transitional Living

For a tour or more information, contact Clean and Sober Transitional Living of Fair Oaks at (916) 961 2691