Thoughts from Don Troutman, founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

People move into the Clean & Sober Transitional Living community because they want to learn how to stay sober. And while our residents sincerely seek to build a resilient recovery, sometimes relapse can rear its ugly head. Typically, those relapses occur during the first three to six months of occupancy.

Looking at the newcomers in our community, it’s impossible to figure out who is going to relapse – or not. While the spirit may be willing, not everybody is going to embrace the resources we offer here. Different people have different ways of approaching their sobriety, and not everyone is going to want to change and grow. Instead - like water - people tend to take the path of least resistance. For some, that means marching towards the bright light of recovery, one day and one step at a time. For others, that means following the seductive siren song of alcohol or drugs.

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The Secrets of Recovery Housing

From Clean & Sober Transitional Living

The Secrets of Recovery Housing From Clean & Sober Transitional LivingThere’s a saying in the world of recovery that “It works if you work it,” and that certainly holds true for living in a sober living or recovery community. But how, exactly, does transitional living work? And how do you “work your life” in transitional living to build the best recovery possible? Forged from the experience of more than 6500 residents since 1989, The Secrets of Recovery Housing tackles those questions. The topics we explore help residents (and their families) understand what it means to truly thrive in in the CSTL community of integrity and recovery.

If you seek to build a resilient recovery, The Secrets of Recovery Housing is the place to start.

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clean and sober transitional living sacramento phase II kitchenPhase II offers shared housing similar to a home shared by college roomates, with the important distinction that Phase II homes are drug and alochol-free.

  • Phase II is less restrictive than Phase I housing, and it is available for those who have been successful in the Phase I and wish to continue to stay in a clean and sober environment as they resume work or return to school.
  • Residents may apply for Phase II after one month of residency in Phase I; transitioning into Phase II depends on the availability of rooms.
  • This two-phase approach offers a unique continuum of support as residents strengthen their recovery. In contrast, in most other sober living facilities, residents move away and become lost without the peer support they have become accustomed to.

Phase II homes are located in beautiful neighborhoods close to the CSTL's Main Block on Madison Avenue in Fair Oaks. Rents in Phase II, which includes all furnishings, kitchen needs and all utilities, cost about one-third of what one bedroom furnished apartments rent for in the area. All rooms are private single occupancy and the houses are modern, clean, roomy and comfortable. The kitchens are well equipped and many residents cook or barbeque together for a "family style" setting. Most houses have between 4 and 6 residents.

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Phase II Key Benefits:

  • Stable living arrangement in nice homes in beautiful neighborhoods.
  • Completely furnished single rooms.
  • Cable TV in all common area living rooms. Cable TV outlets provided in all bedrooms.
  • All utilities paid.
  • clean and sober transitional living sacramento phase II outsideClose to public transportation.
  • Free parking.
  • Nice yards and barbeque areas.
  • Still connected to the Clean & Sober Community.
  • Still have accountability.
  • May stay as long as they like as long as they are clean and sober.
    (We have residents live with us for years.)
  • Can have overnight guests.
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Professional reference letters available.


clean and sober transitional living sacramento phase 1 roomPhase I sober living housing offers a room and board community that is governed "by the peers, for the peers." Each house is overseen by a house manager who is a senior resident. All residents abide by an agreement to live in an environment of integrity and accountability. When people enter the CSTL community in Phase 1, they agree to respecting curfews, passing random drug tests and living a life of integrity. (Some of the restrictions, including curfews, are lifted in Phase 2 as residents strengthen their recovery).

Phase 1 housing is emphasizes community, and the bedrooms are designed for two people. Men and women live in separate houses. All of the Phase 1 houses are on "The Block," just steps away from the Meeting House where we host AA, NA and Big Book meetings throughout the day.

The price for room and board includes three nutritious meals a day. Typical breakfasts include or are a combination of eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, waffles, pancakes, cereal, and fruit. Lunches are "build your own" from bread or bagels with lunch meat, tuna fish, cheese, peanut butter & jelly, miscellaneous salads or leftovers from the previous night's meal. Our dinners are awesome! Always a feast! We have a lot of roasts (pork and beef), chicken, turkey and a variety of creative menus suggested by the residents. Every Saturday night is "barbeque steak night". Desserts and around-the-clock snacks are always available. Phase I offers the best sober living in Northern California - upscale living on an affordable budget.

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Key Benefits of Phase I:

  • Controlled environment that uses accountability for guidance and does not smother progress.
  • Perfect for people who want to work or go to school. 
  • All furnishings provided. Nothing to bring except your personal belongings.
  • Free laundry including laundry detergent and supplies.
  • clean and sober transitional living sacramento phase 1 togetherAll normal toiletries - tooth brushes and tooth paste, shaving cream and razors, soap, shampoo, deodorant, feminine products for ladies and more.
  • 12 step meeting at the Main House. There are approximately 15 meetings a week that include; AA, NA, Big Book Studies, Bible Studies and more…
  • Peer support is built in into our daily routines and becomes a way of life.
  • Free WiFi internet access. Bring your laptop and sign in at no charge. If you do not have a laptop, you may use one of our house computers.
  • Recreational facilities such as free weights and a variety of exercise machines, pool table, ping pong table, darts, small library, play station, and board games.
  • Cable TVs in all common area living rooms. Cable TV outlets for all bedrooms. Every Saturday a double feature movie night on the big screen TV in our huge meeting room.
  • Beautiful landscaped grounds and designated smoking areas.
  • Close to public transportation.
  • Professional reference letters available.
  • SASCA Approved
  • Certified by California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionsal(CCAPP) . We are considered a "best practice| by the Alcohol Research Group.
  • Affordable sober living in a desirable location… It would cost 3 to 4 times our total fee to duplicate what is provided.
  • Credit cards accepted

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