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Madeleine Herron answered some questions for us about the September 2014 launch of the new Real Time Recovery site:
PH: Generally speaking, you are the source for a variety of recovery-related services. What elements of recovery are people most commonly seeking?
RTR: As a family dealing with addiction/recovery for many years, we soon learned the needs of the client searching for a treatment facility or sober living, and knowing which place had open beds- thus our website- to service clients in need first and foremost. We cover only Southern California and want a small but meaningful list. I am doing my best to make sure phone numbers are correct, all facilities are still in operation etc. I develop a close relationship with everyone that lists with me- that way we can best convey what they have to offer the clients. I use a variety of sources to find folks to list with me. We belong to many groups on facebook and linked-in and are well networked in the recovery community. We post a relevant blog every day. And I also meet sober living people like you through referrals.
PH: Are you seeing more men, women, or co-ed sober livings pop up? In terms of pricing, what is the average price point you see in the market for sober living in Los Angeles?
RTR: Our biggest age base coming to the site is 25-34, about 55% male and 45% female. I see prices for sober living started low end at $450-500, and high end $2500-4000.
PH: What trends have you seen come & go in recovery?
RTR: One trend I see in recovery is drug maintence therapy such as vivitrol, natrexone, suboxone, and methadone. In addition, more people today are opting for sober living/IOP because it is more 'true to life' living.
PH: What makes a successful intervention & what qualities should a sobriety coach have in order to get the client to check into rehab immediately?
RTR: In my mind a good interventionist will exude health, present well thought out options for the client, and have family support during the intervention, and of course, no judgement. There's so much to say and your questions are very good and thought provoking.
PH: What advice do you have for people new in sobriety over the age of 40? And what about those under 40, particularly in their 20's, new in recovery?
RTR: Older folks do suffer from addiction. Some of this population has related health problems which are external motivators for change. The 40 and under face a culture of drugs and alcohol which is part of the food/entertainment scene. These people need lots of fun/sober activities and health regimes such as daily juicing, sports, yoga, massage, movies and plays, gallery hopping, classes, spiritual groups. Maybe an addict always wanted to learn Spanish or how to cook, but could never get it together- too stoned or broke from buying drugs. Sobriety frees up spending money!! Make a culture out of sobriety and create new rituals.
For more information check www.realtimerecovery.net