After several stabs at getting sober, I knew something had to change. I had never before considered sober living, but I knew I had to place myself in a safe, accountable environment, far from negative distractions, and find a new way to live. Riviera provided everything I could have asked for. I came from the East Coast, seeking a place to rediscover myself and unearth new passions and, with the help of the staff and the community at Riviera Recvoery, I slowly carved a new, wonderful, sober life for myself. From the safety of Riviera’s walls, I ventured out, tried new things (surfing!), made new friends and, ultimately, re-entered society a happy, whole person again. I couldn’t be more grateful for Riviera Recovery, its kind and caring staff, and my fellow residents.

- Jenn
Less than a day after I left rehab, I walked into Riviera Recovery. I was scared, broken, anxious, and ashamed. The very next day, I felt like I could be myself again. During my time at Riviera Recovery, I went through a lot in my life, things that were beyond my control. A friend of mine that I had met several years earlier passed away from from the terrible disease of addiction. If it hadn’t been for the the help of the staff of Riviera Recovery, I don’t know how I would’ve coped with the loss of a dear one. It was because of Paul, Jose and Riviera that I was able to work through any obstacles that I faced. Each day that I spent there, I learned more and more the importance of maintaining sobriety and all the good that comes with it. I have learned that life isn’t always easy, but one thing I have learned as a result of the 3 months that I spent at Riviera is that I can overcome anything no matter how difficult or painful it is. I will be forever grateful to Jose, Paul and the Riviera Recovery for giving me another chance at recovery and another chance at life.
- Nikki N
Prior to coming to Riviera Recovery, I had been in nine treatment facilities and never managed to stay sober. In fact, many times I would relapse the day I checked out of treatment. While at Riviera Recovery I changed everything. I learned how to live, how to have fun. I traveled, I met really cool people, my eating habits changed, I quit smoking, started exercising, doing yoga, swimming in the ocean, etc., etc.The greatest thing about being at Riviera Recovery was working with Khalil. He went to court appearances with me and helped me repair the damage I caused with my family, whom I had been estranged from. I will be celebrating two years clean and sober next month and am living with my three beautiful children. None of this could have ever happened without Khalil.
- Sarah
I spent four months at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, CA starting January 2009, prior to moving to Riviera Recovery in April 2009, where I eventually lived for twelve months due to the extremely positive experiences I was exposed to.Khalil introduced me to many new and rewarding challenges, including but not limited to, daily yoga sessions, a new and healthy diet regime, enlightening reading materials and of course plenty of local support meetings. I believe that being from the area, Khalil offers a more personal approach to each of us living at Riviera Recovery. He has the ability to connect each personality with the best-suited plan for them.

Khalil and I were able to travel together on some great trips and it was always a good thing to know he was there for me. I know that if it was not for him and his recovery center I would not be as happy and most importantly, sober, as I am today. Even upon moving out a few months ago I feel just as welcome as ever at my second home. I often make weekly visits to the house, whether for yoga, surfing or a sauna session, Riviera Recovery always makes me feel at home.

I highly recommend any persons to be a part of Riviera Recovery. Without them I would not have overcome the hurdles I faced, and would not be ready to face the hardships ahead.

- Rick
I completed 30 days of phase one and 30 days of phase two at Promises Malibu, from October 10th 2009 – December 10th 2009. I then transitioned to sober living as part of my post treatment plan. I visited many sober living houses before making a final decision. When looking at sober livings, I wanted a place that excelled in certain qualities. I did not find many sober livings that catered to my needs. I am 27 and am attending law school next fall, in LA. I am a research assistant for an attorney at USC. I wanted a place that was quiet and did not specialize in disciplining residents, as I already possess this quality. I wanted a place, where I could have a safe environment, people who are committed to sobriety, and, most importantly, I wanted a staff that is knowledgeable, works a strong recovery program, and is available for support.

Upon meeting Khalil, I immediately felt at ease. We discussed my sobriety and what I wanted out of life. Khalil showed me the property, amenities, and told me about the goals of Riviera Recovery. After, viewing other houses, I made my decision to commit to four months. I moved in to Riviera over two days and my transition was easy.I immediately found Riviera to be the right choice. I was encouraged to explore my interests. I found yoga, Khalil accompanied me whenever I wanted to go. Also, at Promises I began to read and immerse myself in Buddhism; I expressed my interest in meditation to Khalil and proposed Khalil let me turn the spare room into a meditation room. He supported this by purchasing crystals, bowls, books, meditation cushions, and pictures, to make the room more comfortable. This was definitely above and beyond what I could have asked for. One of the best attributes of Riviera is the staff; there is always someone here who is sober, and experienced in the recovery field. I found this very comforting, knowing that at the worst someone was a phone call away. Another great quality of Riviera is the dedication to healthy living. I learned to eat well, thereby, making me feel better about myself and see a bodily transformation. Furthermore, Khalil has a large sobriety network in Malibu and Los Angeles. This was very helpful, because I am from Atlanta GA and knew few people here. This made my networking in AA with strong program people much easier. The final and most important thing I took away from my sober living experience was having a large confrontation with Khalil, about one of the other residents, and my situation. As I yelled at Khalil, he sat calmly, letting me finish, and responded by saying he understood my concerns. He suggested that I look at my part in the situation and practice the 10th step. This showed me that even when conditions are difficult, to rely on my program and principles. It would have been easy to cater to my ego and smooth things over, but this conversation has been one of the most important in my sobriety.

The final contribution to my sobriety from Riviera has been the tools I have taken with me since moving out. I continue to live and eat healthy; I participate in yoga 3 – 5 times per week, and meditate daily. Had I chosen a different sober living, I think it is safe to say; none of this would have been possible. After leaving Riviera, I continue to speak with Khalil and staff members weekly and have visited three times in five weeks. I am welcome anytime, for fun, or if I am feeling weak in my program. This gives me a very nice level of comfort. It is a nice complement to Promises Alumni network.

- Paul
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