Archive for the Sober Living Category

Sunny Acres

Recovery guru, Dan De Vaul, is headed to jail.

A while ago, we linked to a story about him and his Sunny Acres sober living ranch, where he was charging homeless, addicted residents $300 a month for substandard housing, the opportunity to work for him, and a couple of AA meetings a week:

For eight years, De Vaul has battled neighbors and San Luis Obispo County code enforcement officers as he’s converted his land from cattle range to a thriving hub of mostly illegal money-making ventures. He sells scrap metal from heaps, salvages parts from dozens of rusty vehicles and hawks produce and nursery stock from a stand near the ranch’s entry on busy Los Osos Valley Road.

But Sunny Acres, his “Mad Max”-style encampment, which also houses clients in tents and the 1908 ranch house, is perhaps his biggest money-maker. It has also drawn the most attention from neighbors and authorities. They call it an eyesore and a threat to the health and safety of the 30 or so people it’s supposed to help. It’s also illegal, according to county officials, who say De Vaul has no authority to run a rehab center.

A frequent target

De Vaul has been the target of numerous orders to shut down the center and clean up his property. But as soon as the authorities go away, he lets the sober-living clients back in.

When the county shut down a barn that was illegally converted into a three-story dormitory, De Vaul continued to house clients in it until county workers nailed the doors shut.

“Government should find a way to take care of them, if they don’t want to put up with what I’m providing,” he said.


Enders Island

This piece has been edited to remove the name of the resident. 

This post has been sitting in my queue since AnnaZed (who is the real Mistress of This Blog, in case you haven’t noticed) sent it to me a few weeks ago. I was up to my ass in alligators that day, apparently.

The story is that there’s a little island off Stonington, CT, called Enders Island. It is home to a Catholic retreat center operated by the Society of St. Edmund.

St. Edmunds hosts a number of family-oriented retreats and events, including their annual Holy Smoke cigar dinner, for which they must apply for a liquor license. St. Edmunds also offers a Recovery Retreat — which seems to be an intense AA immersion boot camp. Continue reading Enders Island

Update on Lance Glock

Look who’s back in the news! It’s Lance Glock, the AA and sex offender who, along with his wife, runs the Johnson Sober Living House in Covina, California. The two have filed a lawsuit against the city of Covina, declaring their new policy intended to hold sober houses accountable and insure they aren’t manipulating the system to be unconstitutional and an invasion of  residents’ privacy. (As a point of clarity, don’t confuse “invasion of residents’ privacy” with “invasion residents’ privates,” which is what Lance Glock did when he 13th stepped a resident who had entrusted her recovery with him.) Naturally, they are hiding behind the Americans With Disabilities Act:

“The city wants to delve into the occupants’ private medical records to show they are protected by fair housing laws,” said Greg Lester, an attorney for Johnson House. “That’s an invasion of their privacy.”

The case centers around a sort of legal tangle.

The city generally prohibits business operated group living arrangements, like boarding houses. But outlawing such arrangements in the case of sober living homes would be a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The act is aimed at protecting home renters and buyers from discrimination based on race, gender, age and disability. And under the act, psychological disabilities, including recovering addicts, are included.

So, to avoid violating the federal law, the Covina City Council approved a policy in December that regulates conditions under which sober living homes can operate in the city.

One of the provisions requires that the facilities prove they aren’t just any boarding house. They must “submit a letter from a medical doctor, social or case worker, handicapped license, or other similar supportive evidence” to prove residents are protected under the Fair Housing Act.

Without such documentation, the city could not know if residents are staying there illegally, City Attorney Marco Martinez said.

But requiring a letter as proof constitutes an invasion of privacy, contend Glock and Repp, who say they would be forced to violate the Constitution or dissolve their business.

“It’s the demands for personal information that would violate the privacy rights of individual residents that is objectionable,” said Lou Fazzi, the lead attorney representing Johnson House.

Covina sued over sober living policy

My sad and bold prediction: Glock wins.


Treatment With a Bang

Lance Glock is still an abusive, manipulative scumbag

Higher Power Finds Parking Spot for Drunk Driver

Drunk Driver Rams SUV into S. LA Sober Living House

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A drunk driver is being blamed for crashing an SUV into a sober living facility in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles – A suspected drunken driver in a Ford Explorer crashed the sport utility vehicle into a sober-living house in South Los Angeles early today.

The driver and a passenger were temporarily trapped in the wreckage at 8005 S. Figueroa St. after the roughly 12:55 a.m. accident, according to police and firefighters.

The two people rescued from the sport utility vehicle and four people inside the building were taken to hospitals, a fire department spokesman said.

The driver was expected to be booked on suspicion of drunken driving, Los Angeles police Lt. Peter Casey said.

A fire spokesman said four patients were taken to hospitals in serious condition, and two other people had lesser injuries.

This Is Not Research

It’s a plug. More recovery parasites:

Study Shows Ted Williams Had Less Than a One Percent Chance of Staying Clean and Sober

Research Indicates That Transitional Housing Greatly Improves Recovery Success Rate

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 13, 2011

Over the last 18 months, the Number 12 Foundation has followed 20 alcoholics and addicts in recovery who have either returned from prison or have come off the street as a homeless man, like Ted Williams. According to Jeff Christian, Founder and CEO of the Number 12 Foundation, “of those who went to live with a friend or family member or found an apartment or house to live in on their own, more than 90% relapsed while 50% of those who went into some sort of transitional housing are still clean and sober.”

Christian continues, “individuals like Ted Williams need transitional housing, they just can’t be forced to address family issues, a job, and their recovery right away, it’s just too much. They need supervision, a curfew, drug testing, counseling, and mandatory 12 step meetings to survive.”

About Jeff Christian

Jeff Christian is the founder of executive search firm CTPartners, and The Number 12 Foundation. Number 12 Foundation is a non-profit foundation with the mission of saving lives and families from the disease of alcoholism and addiction by building bridges to lasting recovery. Go to


Sober house residents break into a convenience store and steal gum:

FALMOUTH — Two Falmouth men who allegedly robbed a convenience store Sunday were arrested after one of them struck up a conversation with a police officer trying to track them down.

Police responded to the Tedeschi Food Shop on Locust Street at 2:03 a.m., and found the glass door broken and several items out of place. The store was empty, police said, but an anonymous caller said the suspects had fled on foot toward Woods Hole. Continue reading Gum?

While We’re On the Subject

Woman Found Dead at Imperial Beach Sober Living Facility

San Diego County Sheriff homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a woman in an Imperial Beach adult sober living facility.

Deputies and paramedics responded to a 911 call about 8 a.m. Sunday at the multi-family residence in the 1100 block of Granger Street, said Lt. Dennis Brugos of the Sheriff’s Department. The woman, who had suffered a traumatic injury or injuries, was found in an upstairs bedroom and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, he said.

The woman’s identity was not released pending notification of next of kin by the Medical Examiner’s office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321 or after hours at (858) 565-5200, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS (8477).

Lester and Glock: Do-gooders back in the news

Remember our old friends Lance Glock, Greg Lester, and Truthseeker?

COVINA – Owners of homes for people trying to stay on the wagon are circling the wagons over a new city policy.

A complaint about a sober-living home led the city to establish a policy about all such facilities, which are loosely regulated but must be accommodated under federal and state housing laws.

Sober living homes in Covina will be required to obtain a “reasonable accommodation permit” under a policy passed by the City Council on Dec. 21.

A permanent ordinance is slated for consideration next year.

Fear about the changes spread after an attorney representing Johnson Sober Living House sent a letter to other facility owners warning they could be impacted by the new policy.

“These homes have been operating for years,” said attorney Greg Lester, who called the facilities an important way for recovering addicts to reintegrate into society. “Judges are very aware of these sober living homes, they provide a service to the community.”

The new policy arose after Lester challenged an attempt to shut down Johnson House and claimed unfair treatment, he said.

In an Oct. 14 letter to Johnson House, the city said it had no evidence that the facility is a sober living home and requested documentation, including the lease, state licensing and house rules.

Read the whole thing…

Pick A New Name For Freedom House

In the latest update on the continuing saga of Freedom House, the slumshack in Kalispell, Montana that is running under the guise of a rehab facility; the powers in charge have decided to take the name away. It also appears that the last group of felons in charge of the place are no longer involved in the day-to-day operations. This shouldn’t come as too much of shock, as it is difficult to run a hell hole like this from jail, which is where former board President, Randall Marr, has been rotting for the past couple of months.

I’ve no doubt that the landlords and Bill Hawk, the current resident in charge, are trolling the rooms of the local AA chapters to find suitable replacements. The last board, which consisted of a hooker, a thief and a pedophile – is a going to be a tough act to follow.

The first thing the new board will have to do is pick a new name this cuckoo’s nest. I thought that we might be able to help them out with a few suggestions of our own. Any thoughts?

Randall Marriffic!

In an update on our story about Freedom House in Kalispell, Montana; it seems that on again, off again president, Randall Marr, is back in the pokey – once again for parole violation.

Now, this serenity fun-bunch is, in an effort to put some lipstick on this pig, has taken down their website, and is considering a name change. Of course, the same felons people are still running the show, and the residents are still in the house.

Any suggestions on a new name?