The greater Los Angeles area has a long list of sober living facilities to choose from, but the Westwind Recovery Residences are on the short list of sober living homes that are client-centered, with each house specializing in something different. Whether it’s low income, luxury living, LGBT, co-occurring disorders, all-female, all-male, or coed, the homes offer quality, while maintaining their integrity in providing a safe place to practice the 12-step principles and work a solid program of recovery. With 12 locations that span from West Hollywood, Culver City, Venice Beach, East Hollywood, to Woodland Hills, Westwind Recovery Residences are proven to be effective for those who seek to maintain their newfound recovery at a sober living space that they can trust and call their home.
It all began with three sober friends—Justin Wells, Zachary Ament and Justin White—who decided to embark on opening the first Westwind Recovery Residence, located at a modest property in Hancock Park. Wells, who tried to stay sober at various treatment centers and sober living houses, drew from his last experience at the Vista House Sober Living where he learned the tools that keep him sober today. He approached Ament with a proposal to run a sober living back when he and Ament shared a house with seven of their sober friends on Laurel Canyon, which felt similar to a sober living community (the house would later officially become a Westwind residence).
Ament for his part, always had a lifelong dream to open a drug and alcohol treatment center. He fell in love with psychology as a young man and as a teenager, he told himself he wanted to provide top-notch therapy for patients and develop a program based on what he thought worked and didn’t work in therapy, drawing from the treatment he received in his teens. His love for psychology brought him to pursue his BA in psychology and addictions counseling as a college student.
Wells and Ament brought the idea to White, who at the time was Director of Operations at Hollywood Detox Center. Wells friended White at the Vista House where they both became house managers. White already had valuable recovery experience after working as a Community Mentor at Breathe Life Healing Center.
After some blood, sweat, tears and love, the first Westwind residence opened its doors on October 2014. The three founders combined their vision, which included compassion as a cornerstone in everyday living, drug and alcohol
treatment, structure, and freedoms with a client-centered approach that they felt was lacking in sober living environments. They wanted a strong community feel in their homes where clients felt they lived with family. They also wanted to create a sober living environment free of rigidity and punitiveness and were able to accomplished this by remaining 100 percent involved in the homes, and stressing the importance that mentors, managers, regional managers, and director of operations stay truly invested in the wellbeing of their client.
Growth was not easy, but Westwind grew because the environment it offered to those in early sobriety was very necessary. Today there are 15 homes that opened in less than two years. Westwind now offers a long list of amenities and a large staff that is dedicated to working 24/7. Everyone who works at Westwind has a unique and harrowing experience in sobriety, and are unflinchingly passionate about sharing their stories.
Westwind is also known for organizing fun sober events and outings for their clients which include yoga classes, holiday parties, sponsor speed dating, beach outings, bowling nights and other sober events to instill team-building and make sobriety fun and develop feelings of connectedness.
Westwind Recovery Residences are homegrown sober living spaces that have flourished solely on attraction. The three sober friends/founders say they love what we do. Living sober is the foundation of their lives and the core of every decision they make. As a result of their growth, they’ve been able to successfully help hundreds of clients harness who they truly are inside and stand on their own two feet in the outside world.
For more information on the various homes, programs and amenities that Westwind Recovery Residences have to offer, call 800-223-5759.