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The Oaks House

Sober Living

We have a Women’s Recovery House and a Men's Recovery House

If we want to help people recover from addiction, we need to do more than initiate abstinence. We need to help them build and maintain an effective, sustainable, long term program of recovery.


We work collaboratively with Intensive Outpatient Programs, Addiction Treatment Centers, and Detox Facilities as an integral part of the treatment process. This cooperation with addiction treatment professionals enables us to optimize the transitional phase of treatment, and ensure that an individual is ready for the critical step of returning to their lives. Because the transition is seamless and tailored to the individual, the program can significantly reduce relapse rates and increases the probability of successful long term recovery.


We hold residents accountable to their IOP’s treatment plan and the working of the 12 steps.


We offer residents a qualified step guide, proven 12 step instructions, and a very focused weekly step meeting.


We teach other important life skills; fitness & nutrition, money management, career & education coaching.

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About us

Through specialized and empathetic care, we hope to provide all our residents with the tools they need to succeed once they leave us. The Oaks House Sober Living is more than a place to recover - it’s your home away from home.


Since opening our doors, our homes have provided an open and supportive community to all of our residents. The peaceful and private environment has inspired dozens to grow and overcome their challenges. Here, you will find the support and encouragement you need. 

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Our Mission

Our mission is to set a higher standard in the sober and transitional living phase of the recovery process. The Oaks House Sober Living focuses on helping people build a foundation for long term recovery. It is purposely designed to bridge the gap between treatment and the return to normal life by being more integrated and supportive of the early phases of Addiction Treatment

As you probably know, we are in the midst of the worst drug addiction epidemic in the history of the United States. In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 years old.
More than ever before, it’s time to dig deep and carry the message to as many people possible – but we need to be more effective and efficient if we are going to make a difference.

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Our Vision

The Oaks Sober Living is the program of choice for those seeking recovery from alcoholism and drug dependency. We believe in our expertise and practical experience using the 12 step model of recovery. 

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From a sincere desire to help, we created a safer, more structured and effective sober and transitional living solution. The Oaks House Sober Living is owned and managed by people with the right mix of recovery, experience, and professionalism.


Our Primary Purpose 


Each member of our team has experienced a powerful transformation as the result of the twelve steps, and we spend much of our time carrying that message to the addict and alcoholic who’s still suffering.

We are not addiction treatment professionals, and we’re very clear on that fact. We know how to stay in our own lane. But we have helped hundreds of people recover from alcoholism and drug addiction, and our personal experience proves that the twelve-step program saves lives.


Luciana Monteiro

Co-Founder & Operations Director

Luciana has worked in the Thousand Oaks and Malibu recovery community for 9 years. She was a Residential Advisor for Siesta House, Wildwood Treatment Center, and the Beach House Malibu Sober Living. Her passion for recovery and experience in treatment inspired her to open The Oaks Sober Living home in 2015. Since then, she has taken the unofficial title of “house mom” for the clients and provides a loving, safe place for them to recover.

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James Coburn

Co-Founder & Business Director

Jim has been a part of the recovery community in Thousand Oaks for over 10 years. He has 24 years of experience starting, owning, and operating companies in the Healthcare Industry around the LA area. After finding the solution in the 12 steps, he made it his life’s goal to pass along the solution to other alcoholics and drug addicts. That passion combined with his experience launching new ventures led him to open a safe structured home for alcoholics and drug addicts seeking recovery.

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Our Recovery Program



The percentage of addicts that relapse after completing a thirty-day inpatient, a treatment program can be disheartening for those considering treatment.

A drug and alcohol treatment program requires a substantial commitment, but is it worth investing the time, energy, and money if the relapse percentage is so high?

It’s understandable that a person seeking treatment would have these doubts and concerns. However, there is one critical element that can greatly decrease the probability of relapse – the length of the program.

Experts agree, a thirty-day treatment model is an acute model, which is not clinically appropriate for treating a progressive, chronic disease. In fact, it can actually hinder long-term recovery outcomes.

After a relapse, the person who was once hopeful about recovery often feels a sense of shame and guilt. After learning how to remain sober but lacking the ability to execute, they feel like a failure. But how to recover isn’t the problem; it’s following through that’s challenging.

Each time they relapse, their sense of failure deepens and the hope of recovering diminishes. This can lead to the feeling that they are not worthy of a sober, healthy, happy life, which is clearly not the case.
Permanent sobriety is absolutely possible, and it is something that can be achieved by anyone suffering from this illness – providing they fully understand what is required to recover, are willing to follow direction, and can take the necessary actions.


Thankfully, more and more drug and alcohol recovery programs are moving to a minimum 90 day extended care model with sober and transitional living as opposed to the conventional thirty days model. Simply put, they offer significantly lower relapse rates and are far more effective in producing long term sobriety for the following reasons:


Substance abuse can cause significant damage to the body and the mind. A longer stay allows for more time to heal in a safe, structured environment.

Improved Clarity

A longer stay will allow for changes in a residents belief system and thought-life which translates to better decision making when they transition back to normal life.

New Routine

The daily habits required for long term recovery start to become automatic with more time in treatment. The addict develops a sense of what it looks and feels like to live a sober life.

12 Step Completion

They have sufficient time to work through all of the steps – instead of just the first few. In addition to getting through the step process, a longer stay provides time to practice the guiding principles while integrating into a healthy 12 step fellowship – both of which are necessary for successful long term recovery.



What is the 12 step program of recovery and why doesn’t it work for some people?


The Twelve Steps are "THE PROGRAM OF RECOVERY."
Contrary to popular belief, twelve step meetings are not the solution to alcoholism and drug addiction, and they are not intended to be a form of group therapy. Although they do offer some therapeutic value and the fellowship is important to recovery, meetings alone will not produce the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from addiction.

Typically, an addict or alcoholic gains a basic understanding of the 12-Steps in treatment, and their curriculum will often include some instruction on the first few steps. But as with any program, it’s effectiveness and success depends on it’s completion and application. Although the principles can be learned cognitively, in order to be effective they must be applied.

Application of the 12-steps requires serious discovery into the depths of the addicts personality, an unlearning of old destructive habits and thinking patterns, and the learning and practice of new healthy ones. This level of commitment, self exploration, and discipline goes against the nature of an addict or an alcoholic. In fact, it usually requires a high degree of accountability and support for the addict to stay engaged, complete the process, and make it a way of life.

Permanent sobriety requires a transformation of consciousness. The book Alcoholics Anonymous describes it as a spiritual awakening; a personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from addiction coupled with a profound alteration in our reaction to life.

The 12 steps will produce such a change, but it requires work, self sacrifice, and a strong commitment to a new way of life.


Typically, people who struggle with the program have not gone through the steps and are trying to stay sober on meetings and the fellowship alone. It has been repeatedly proven that for most addicts and alcoholics, this approach to long term recovery is ineffective. Many will not be able to stay sober, and those who do will be extremely uncomfortable in sobriety – which over time leads them back to a drink or a drug.

As with any program of recovery, it must go beyond the elimination of drugs or alcohol. Removing the substance from the body and the lifestyle leaves a void that needs to be filled.

The Oaks House Sober Living program utilizes the 12 step process to fill this emptiness with healthy thoughts (fueled by a change in perspective), contrary actions (based on principles), and daily practices that promote and improve self awareness. These new disciplines and habits combined with a focus on helping others will teach the addict how to be comfortable in recovery and gain a sense of fulfillment with his or her place in the world.

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The Oaks House Sober Living is committed to providing a more affordable and comprehensive extended care program for its clients.
We made our goal a reality by developing relationships with like-minded Intensive Outpatient Programs, Treatment Centers, and Detox Facilities.


It would be reasonable to assume that a ninety-day program would cost three times as much as a thirty-day program. Surprisingly, many extended care recovery programs cost about the same as thirty-day programs. The primary reason for this is a shift in the drug and alcohol recovery industry.


When insurance companies started covering drug and alcohol treatment, many healthcare companies were quick to create recovery centers as a way to take advantage of the insurance payouts. We’re not saying that these recovery centers aren’t helpful or that the counselors aren’t effective, but most of them are only thirty days in length and charge a substantial cost.


Fortunately, private individuals in recent years began developing recovery centers with programs based on what addicts need, rather than what is billable to insurance companies. The result is a longer program with lower rates

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Our approach is not theoretical – it’s based on many years of practical experience. Our program is more effective because it comes from a very intimate understanding of the treatment process, derived from our personal experiences with addiction and recovery. The result is a thoughtful, well-balanced approach with the right mix of transparency, accountability, structure, and support.



We offer enough structure to be helpful, but not so much that it removes the very necessary element of personal responsibility.

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We provide a safe environment to help people feel comfortable being transparent and honest – both of which are essential to change.

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Alcoholics and addicts are usually great starters – but they have difficulty finishing. We help them stay committed to their goals.

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Having a strong support system is important in recovery, and it can literally make the difference between success & failure.

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Sober living and aftercare programs

An effective rehab program can leave you feeling that your life has been transformed on all levels. While the changes in your body, mind, and spirit can be profound, they won’t last if you return to your destructive thoughts and behaviors. Aftercare services help you maintain the coping skills you learned in rehab, so you can continue to build the healthy, fulfilling the life you want after you graduate from a recovery program.

Sober living homes. The transition from rehab back to life in the community is one of the most vulnerable periods for a recovering addict. Sober living homes provide a secure, stable environment where rehab graduates can continue to practice their coping skills in a drug- and alcohol-free setting. Sober living homes have strict rules — such as no substance abuse, mandatory house meetings, regular drug screening, and participation in household chores — but these rules help provide structure. A study of 300 residents of sober living homes published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that the majority of participants had positive outcomes: more days of sobriety, more social support, and fewer legal problems after rehab.

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All Food Included

Nutritional education, meal preparation and cooking

Wifi and Laundry Facilities

Wifi available throughout the house / Multiple on site laundry facilities


Transportation provided to all meetings and appointment

24/7 On-site Support

On-site support staff available 24 hours a day for all your needs

Meetings & Fellowship

We take residents to at least one meeting a day, and help them integrate into a healthy and vibrant 12 step community.

Fitness Memberships

Gym and Yoga memberships included and accessible daily

Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Self-defense and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu membership

Career and Continuing Education Guidance

We teach other important life skills, money management, career & education coaching.

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We have a Women’s Recovery House and a Men's Recovery House

We provide a safe, structured, supportive environment to foster the ideal social
and environmental conditions, and facilitate successful long term recovery.

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Join The Oaks House family and start building your new sober life today!

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We encourage you to connect with us if you have any questions about our program and/or our facilities. And of course, don’t hesitate to call if you are trying to get sober and need help.

Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

(818) 245 5950

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The comments below are just a sample of the hundreds of people
who have been transformed and are enjoying long term recovery.

They got sober, stayed sober, and their lives are thriving!

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Theresa M.

Moving into the oaks house has been such a blessing. The warm and loving atmosphere is just what I was looking for. I felt like I was part of the family on my first day. The staff is committed to helping their clients build a program of recovery that is sustainable - so we can achieve long term sobriety. They brought me to a meeting every day, help me find a sted guide, and got me into a really good intensive outpatient program. They have introduced me to and help me integrate with an amazing recovery community.

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