Cultivating a Sober Lifestyle in California

California is known for its diverse cultures, warm climate, stunning landscapes, outdoor sports, the arts, healthy cuisine, and holistic health practices. 

California offers a vital recovery community for individuals seeking lasting recovery and the opportunity to cultivate a healthy sober lifestyle. 

California is home to some of the highest-quality addiction treatment centers in the world. Their treatment centers are known to attract highly trained and sought-after clinical professionals. Many offer luxurious, upscale amenities. California tops recovery destinations for treatment, sober living, recovery groups, addiction therapies, and holistic wellness practices.

California offers an abundance of luxury sober living homes where individuals can reside after inpatient treatment. While in sober living, individuals can participate in outpatient treatment and a recovery group, find work, and cultivate a healthy sober lifestyle.

California offers all the right elements to create an ideal sober life — here are six.

1. A Strong Community of Support

One of the key elements in cultivating a sober lifestyle is a strong community of support. 

We begin to build a community of support through making friends and alliances in treatment and sober living.

Sober living homes provide a safe and healing community of support where we listen to one another and help each other on the journey to recovery.  Many of us develop life-long friends in sober living.

Recovery groups empower and support your sobriety — from 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) to SMART Recovery and Refuge Recovery. You can find a sponsor in meetings and other invaluable sober friends & alliances.

2. Holistic Wellness Practices

California is renowned for its holistic wellness practices, which greatly enhance and encourage one’s sober lifestyle. 

From yoga and meditation to holistic therapies like acupuncture, Reiki, and massage, there are lots of opportunities to explore and embrace holistic healing modalities. 

Many of California’s treatment centers and sober living homes have integrated holistic wellness practices into their programs. These practices are tremendously beneficial during detox and treatment. In early recovery, these holistic practices help to reduce anxiety & stress, prevent relapse, improve our emotional sense of well-being, and develop a deeper connection to ourselves.

Equine therapy is another holistic therapy used in the treatment of addiction that’s very popular in California.

We find equine therapy effective in helping individuals become more aware of their emotional state and gain deeper insight into their behaviors, patterns, congruency, boundaries, and stumbling blocks to recovery.

When interacting with a horse, it can sense how you’re feeling and respond appropriately, letting you connect on a level you might not be able to in other types of therapy. This provides a mirror for negative emotions that you might have a difficult time noticing in yourself.

For individuals in recovery who have experiences with abuse, trauma, or abandonment, forming a bond built on trust with a horse helps heal those wounds.

Working with horses nourishes our sense of spiritual well-being.

3. Recovery Therapies and Treatments

California offers a wide array of addiction therapies and treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Family and Couples Addiction Therapy,  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) — Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Addiction (DBT), Co-occurring mental health and addiction treatment — and Trauma therapy. 

Finding the right therapy/treatment to support your mental health in early recovery can be an essential aspect of your sober life in California.

4. A Healthy Diet

California’s culinary scene is renowned for its emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a wide variety of healthy cuisine options. 

Embracing a healthy diet is an essential component of a sober lifestyle, as it supports our overall well-being and helps restore our physical health. 

From farm-to-table restaurants to vibrant farmers’ markets, California offers an abundance of nutritious and delicious food choices, from which to create a balanced and nourishing diet in early recovery.

5. California’s Outdoor Activities

California’s breathtaking natural beauty provides an ideal backdrop for outdoor activities promoting physical and mental well-being. 

From hiking along the scenic trails to surfing the waves, California offers a wide range of healthy, sober life pursuits.

 Engaging in these lifestyle activities not only helps to improve physical health & wellness but also provides a sense of adventure, a connection with nature, and an outlet for stress and anxiety along our journey to recovery.

6. The Arts

California’s rich artistic community provides us with a tapestry of experiences and opportunities for growth in early recovery and a natural expression of your healthy sober lifestyle.

From visiting art museums and taking art classes like watercolor painting to participating in art therapy workshops, these vibrant artistic opportunities can foster a sense of belonging, creativity, and personal growth. 

Engaging in the arts can also serve as a healthy outlet for self-expression and a means to connect with others.

Cultivating a health (both physical and mental) focused sober life is a journey of self-discovery, embracing the abundant resources available in California. 

From a strong community of support to — exploring holistic wellness practices, a nourishing & healthy diet, engaging in outdoor sports and activities, utilizing addiction therapy, and embracing the arts — California offers a multitude of avenues for individuals in recovery to thrive. 


Steps in the Right Direction provides luxurious sober living homes for women and men within a safe and healing community designed for you to build a foundation for lasting recovery. 

We don’t believe there’s one path to recovery for everyone. We provide our clients with all forms of support to choose from, such as 12-Step meetings, SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery, Mental Health programs, Co-occurring Disorder programs, Counseling, and holistic therapeutic programs. 

Our sober living homes offer a range of amenities and services that promote your overall sense of comfort and well-being.

We offer beautifully furnished, private, and shared rooms with spacious, well-designed common areas. Our homes provide a warm and inviting setting that feels like home.

We love getting out and exploring California’s multitude of opportunities to cultivate a healthy sober lifestyle. 

To learn more about Steps in the Right Direction and our luxury sober living homes for women and men, visit our website at or call Linda Butler at (818) 231-1400 to book a tour.

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