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What is a typical day at the Clean & Sober residential treatment center like?

7:00am – 7:45am: Wake up and meditation
7:45am – 8:15am: Breakfast
8:15am – 9:15am: Morning chores
9:15am – 9:45am: Morning exercise
9:45am – 11:00am: Group educational meetings
11:00am – 11:45pm: Lunch
11:45am – 1:15pm: Outside AA meeting
1:30pm – 2:15pm: Book Study, 12 Step Work
2:15pm – 2:45pm: Quiet time
2:45pm – 4:00pm: Group educational meetings
4:00pm – 4:45pm: Group activity/exercise
5:15pm – 6:00pm: Dinner
6:00pm – 10:00pm: Outside AA or NA meeting (actual times vary)
10:00pm – 11:00 pm: Relaxation time
11:00pm: Bedtime

  • Family sessions are on Tuesday Evenings and Sunday Mornings
  • Wednesday afternoons we have a fun group outing, such as going to a move.
  • Saturday afternoon we take residents to local stores for personal shopping needs
  • Sunday afternoon is free time with family and friends
  • One-on-one meetings will be scheduled and conducted consistently throughout the week.
  • We provide 40 hours a week of individual/group/education sessions, recovery, or treatment planning

What is addiction or alcoholism?

Addiction/alcoholism (often referred to as "Substance Use Disorder) is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. It is considered a brain disease, which can be treated. Through treatment at CSRS, people learn to live healthy lives free of alcohol and other drugs.

Substance Use Disorder is characterized by the inability to stop drinking or using drugs in spite of negative consequences like job loss, DUIs and family issues. Without treatment or involvement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can lead to disability, premature death or involvement in illegal activities that result in incarceration.

Addiction/alcoholism is a disease that cannot simply be “loved away.” It is a physical disease, NOT a disease of character or willpower. Call us to find out how treatment works.

Will treatment work if someone is “forced” to get help?

In most cases, treatment or “rehab” IS forced because, initially, no one wants to go to treatment. They are forced by the courts, by their families, or by mandates at their jobs. Or their hands are forced by the fear of living on the streets, especially when it is cold and wet outside.

Once the brain begins to heal in treatment, a light bulb often goes on. The addict/alcoholic realizes he or she does want to get better and begins to embrace the community of recovery and the education of treatment. All of this happens because the brain is allowed to start the healing process. As the brain begins to heal, treatment often inspires people to change because they realize their jobs, marriages, friends, families and health are at stake.

Treatment gives addicts/alcoholics the choice to walk away from their disease. Once their brains have begun to heal, they can choose to live their lives without drugs or alcohol. Sadly, because substance use disorder is a chronic disease, that choice may be tested over time. But treatment offers hope, a gift that everyone can claim.

Isn’t teenage “experimentation” simply a rite of passage?

“Experimentation” is a one or two-time event; if it lasts longer than that, there is a real risk of developing a dependency on drugs or alcohol. The developing teenage brain is particularly vulnerable to becoming dependent on drugs or alcohol, so the teen years represent a window of great risk and vulnerability. Teens who “experiment” frequently may be heading into dangerous territory. On top of that, remember that underage drinking is illegal and has serious legal raminfications.l

How can our family heal from the trauma of our loved one’s addiction?

The disease of addiction touches everyone in the family. While your loved one seeks treatment, the entire family must seek family recovery by learning about the disease of addiction, figuring out how to set healthy boundaries, and more. This strange new world calls for professional support. Attend the CSTL Sunday and Tuesday night family education meetings. Find support at a local or on-line Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meeting. Work with an addiction counselor or therapist. The staff at CSTL can give your further guidance on getting better….together.

What are the warning signs that a college student may be involved with drugs or alcohol?

A student’s academic accomplishments may muddy the water and make it hard to spot issues with drugs or alcohol. DUIs, binge drinking accidents, sexual assault and failing classes are all red flags of trouble with drugs or alcohol. And a parent’s gut instinct is a good barometer of a child’s mental and physical health.

Young adults have their whole lives ahead of them, and many people have gone back to school after treatment and found great success. Most importantly, taking a critical year off to get healthy will not derail academic success, but addiction or alcoholism will. Call us to find out how we can help.

john denise 2017Denise and John Perry: John Perry (President) and Denise Perry (Controller) founded Clean & Sober Recovery Services, Inc. under the shared dream of providing a safe and successful route for recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. John and Denise envisioned a high-quality recovery home that would be affordable for anyone and would work into the larger framework of a safe and effective movement through the detox, residential treatment, and transitional living stages of recovery. As proud parents of three sons, they also strive to bring the benefits of recovery to entire families by including them in the treatment process.

As an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 19 years, John brings a personal understanding of the trials and tribulations of early sobriety together with his personable disposition to provide a comforting and understanding managerial presence. John is also an Orangevale/Fair Oaks local with more than a 15 years of experience in business management.

Having experienced her husband’s recovery from the perspective of a loved one, Denise carries the perspective of the affected family to the business, and, at the same time, brings her 18 years of management experience and financial experience to our company. John and Denise are fulfilling their love for, and personal investment in, helping others by providing this uniquely personal and high-quality service.

cwright 2017Chris and Charlene Wright also co-founded Clean & Sober Recovery Services, Inc. under a similar desire to aid the community and to help those with addictions recover. The two have gratefully moved into this field, glad to have the opportunity to bring a safe and educational environment to the recovery community and to make families a critical part of that community and a critical part of recovery – Chris and Charlene themselves have been Foster Care Parents.

Through his activity in the 12 step program and his background moving through a 28 day treatment facility, Chris is able to channel his 19 years of experience in Contracting and Real Estate to provide a combination of familiarity with the process of recovery and skills in business management. A Sacramento native, Chris works as the Vice-President and Facility Director. Having worked in the Mortgage Lending Industry for over 30 years and understanding the difficulties faced by an addict’s family, Charlene supplements her activity in Alanon with her work as the Marketing Director.

Chris and Charlene are bringing their desire to work in the community together with their experience in business management to help in providing the unique service that the facility offers.


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