TLC Residential, Inc. (TLC Clean & Sober Living Homes) Issues Statement of Clarification

San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2011

TLC Residential is a privately owned company that specializes in working with those coming out of primary-care, private-pay treatment centers. TLC Residential is not a “licensed sober home company”. The perception is that this is a negative. The reality is that this is positive for neighborhoods, because licensed sober homes are typically non-profit entities that work with city, state and federal agencies. They work with the courts housing those who are either coming out of jail, prison, other mandatory programs or who are on probation. Licensed sober homes rely on agencies to fill these homes. This is not the case with TLC Clean & Sober Living Homes – we decide who lives in our homes. Because TLC is a private unlicensed sober home company, we decide who lives in our homes, not a local, state or federal agency. This is very important for our neighbors to know because TLC has a policy of not accepting anyone with any type of violent or sexual criminal history – and we don’t have to.

TLC Residential works with private treatment centers that accept insurance and private-pay clients. The vast majority of our clients come from treatment centers in the Bay Area. In the case of our home located at 201 Marin Street, most of these clients are coming from local treatment centers in San Rafael and the surrounding area. Since most of our residents are coming from local treatment centers, most are already residents of Marin County. This is not to say there aren’t individuals who come from other treatment centers located in the greater Bay Area or the United States. TLC is one of the most respected and oldest privately run sober home companies in the United States. We receive inquiries from people in treatment from all over the country who are seeking a fresh start or because they have family or jobs waiting for them in the Bay Area. However, most of those individuals move to one of our homes in San Francisco because San Francisco is a major business and economic hub.

Of course TLC does not give out private information about our residents. However many would be very surprised to learn the demographic makeup of our residents. For instance, in our Marin Home, we have a total of nine residents and two managers. The residents are mostly college educated (or in school), professionals, artists or craftspeople. This is very typical of our client base. What this means is the people who live in our homes are people just like you and me. The only difference is that they are battling the disease of drug and alcohol addiction.

We often hear terms like “halfway house” when people are referring to sober living. A halfway house or “three quarter house” is not a sober home. A halfway house is typically a home where parolees are sent after they leave jail or prison. This is a part of their sentence, or part of the condition of their parole or probation. Whether or not they have a drug or alcohol problem is usually irrelevant. TLC does not make any judgment of this type of home or licensed sober homes; we are just attempting to point out the differences. The terminology of “halfway house” is a term used more frequently on the East Coast of the United States and is sometimes used incorrectly to describe “sober living homes”

The terms “program” and “treatment center’ are also sometimes used when describing sober living. Again, speaking only for TLC Residential, Inc. – TLC is not a treatment center or a program. We work closely with both; however, we do not do any type of therapy or counseling in our homes. Many of our residents attend day treatment, intensive outpatient (IOP), outpatient, and aftercare. Outpatient type treatment is typically for those who have recently discharged from inpatient treatment and are continuing on with their care, coupling sober living and more treatment in an effort to give them the best opportunity to be successful in their quest for long-term sobriety. Many of our residents have demanding work schedules (in many cases this is what has lead them to having a problem with substance abuse) and we highly encourage our residents to attend these types of programs, especially those who are struggling. In some cases this can be mandatory for those who wish to continue to live in our homes.

TLC Clean & Sober Living Homes utilizes a set of standards that all residents must adhere to. The standards include: Not using any mind altering substances, working with some kind of advisor in an effort to move forward in recovery from substance abuse, attending support group-style meetings, accepting direction from house parents, adhering to curfew and quiet times, only allowing guests in the home who are not on any type of mind altering substances (legal or not), and others.