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Sober Living Residence

Our Los Angeles sober living residence provides a structured community for men in recovery.

Recovery Support

1 on 1 support for young men to navigate education, employment, and family relationships during and after recovery.

Peer Mentoring

Providing community & life experience-based tools to support those who are new to recovery.
Evidence-Based Program

Recovery is

Although Ethos Recovery is not a clinical program, we strive to support our clients and outside providers with third-party, evidence-based outcomes. To measure outcomes, we utilize the OQ45.2 & PHQ-9 which provides a quick and comprehensive snapshot of the client’s current functioning across a wide variety of disorders. This is sensitive to change over short periods of time, making it useful for evaluating client progress at any point during their recovery through the process. Given the long-term nature of the Ethos program, we can get a look at how individuals are progressing through the process. For more information, please check out the Ethos outcomes report. 

House Structure

All residents receive an assessment prior to entry into our Los Angeles Sober Living residence. Daily structure includes house dinner meetings, abstience/12-step based community in recovery, on-site house managers/mentors, an individualized program from community members, daily AA/NA/CA meeting attendance, weekly unity meeting, and regular random drug testing.  Our program also includes weekly family updates, sponsorship recommendations, and court advocacy.


At Ethos House, we provide all meals and full-sized memory foam mattresses in a newly built (2015) Spanish-style home located in West Los Angeles. We provide transportation to most court and probation appearances as well as regular doctor appointments. The sober living residence comes equipped with wireless internet and HDTV, laundry facilities, and an in-house computer for job search and school use. Our house provides bedding, towels, and housewares needed for a comfortable stay.


Ethos is a structured sober living with an intricate understanding of the tools it takes to maintain a healthy and sober lifestyle; open-mindedness, honesty, and accountability. We have created an environment that operates much like a family unit, which promotes camaraderie, self-empowerment, and personal development through peer feedback and community support. Our team is comprised of members of the recovery community that understand the obstacles of new-found sobriety and the effort it takes to maintain long-term recovery. We live and breathe recovery aiming to provide a sober and supportive environment for our house members and alumni.


We provide a variety of referrals to special services, including addiction interventions, life skills coaching, residential treatment prior to entering sober living, individual/family therapists, fitness and holistic professionals, physician/psychiatric services, wilderness programs, and educational counseling. We take pride in frequent communication with our referral partners and parents of individuals struggling with addiction.

What People Are Saying About Ethos

I came into ethos hopeless, with no idea what a future for myself looked like. Or if I even wanted a future for myself. I was in and out of institutions, on probation in 2 states and a high school drop out. Since going through this process I have gained insight on who I thought I was or wanted to be. I got my GED and enrolled in college. I have gained a totally new perspective on life and how I feel about myself. This has been the most quality time of my entire life in terms of drive, goals, and ambition. I’m confident and can keep my head held high knowing I’ve worked hard for a life I wouldn’t give up for anything. I met a community of brothers I can be vulnerable with and lean on. Because of this house, I show up every day and try to be the best person I can be, work hard, and be a real friend to others. This place changed my life.

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I came into ethos at 19 with multiple probation violations, little to no direction, or much hope for a different kind of future. I had bounced in and out from other programs and was not sure why this time would be different. When I walked through the doors I found a community of guys who cared about me and encouraged me into a positive direction. I developed character, work ethic, and self esteem from the direction of this house and the community here. This program not only helped me to get sober but also to become a person I can be proud of. I am truly grateful for the life this process has helped me to create.

Skyler Thompson Read More

Throughout my life I’ve been in and out of programs, Easily fall back into old behaviors and end up back in treatment. I found Ethos through referrals and seeing guys go through the program. This program really presses upon the baseline principles of life and prepares you with coping skills to handle stress. The biggest part of the house is the brotherhood you gain, the feeling apart of, and the support from members who have graduated. Being in this process I’ve been fortunate enough to witness people who have come in lazy and apathetic with not a care in the world and begin going to school, start working and motivated for life. Through this process, I have gained perspective and structure in my life which has propelled me forward. I’ve slowly started to gain self-worth and self-confidence in day to day life. And I’m grateful for this opportunity to get my life back.

Shaun Young Read More

Ethos House taught me how to practice the principals of the program on a daily basis. With the help of the community of men at the house, I as able to get a more clear perspective on myself and work on things that I might not have been willing to take a look at otherwise. Eternally grateful for Ethos, and the life skills it taught me

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Letters From Our Graduates

I am a recent graduate of this program and am really grateful for what the process here has given me. I have spent years in other programs and struggling with addiction. The people and program here have helped build a solid foundation for moving forward with my life and having a positive direction. The support, individual attention and care provided me with everything I needed and more to change the trajectory with my life. I can’t say enough about Ethos and what it has done for me.

-Michael R

Graduated 2019
I am a recent graduate of the Ethos program and I couldn’t say enough good things about the program and the managers running it. I’ve been in and out of recovery since I was 14 and have never been able to get and stay sober until I went through the house. Chris and the staff really take the time to get into you and break down your walls and your ego and tell you how it is. I don’t believe I would have a chance of staying sober without the discipline and structure of the house. I had zero life skills and no confidence in my ability to live life as a sober adult whatsoever. I’m extremely grateful for the house and would highly recommend the Ethos program for anyone that is interested.

- John S.

Graduated 2019
Ethos House is an incredible place where Chris and the rest of the staff actually really care about the clientele. In all of the treatment centers and sober livings that I have been to, Ethos was the only one that worked for me in terms supplying me with the foundation and tools to lead a successful life. Ethos taught me many valuable skills and life lessons, but most importantly, it taught how to be a high functioning adult that no longer needed to resort to drugs and alcohol to cope with my problems. Ethos is in a class of its own when it comes to working with broken people and showing them a new way of life. I am eternally grateful for this process, and what it has done for me, for my family, and my friends that I have went through the house with.

- Andrew L.

Graduated 2019

Ethos Recovery Team

Chris Howard knows first hand the wake of destruction that individuals and families experience as a result of addiction and mental health disorders. A Los Angeles native, Chris grew up in a home with a mentally ill mother and experienced the hardships and challenges that come with caring for someone in a continuously fragile mental state. As a young man, Chris turned to drugs and alcohol to help escape his troubles at home. After more than a decade of struggling with addiction, Chris finally was forced to make a change in 2009.

Initially, Chris had no intention of embracing long-term sobriety. He simply wanted a better life than the day-to-day struggle and chaos of an individual active in his addiction. However, after roughly 6 months of staying clean and sober Chris discovered a newfound sense of purpose in giving back to the community, and this changed him forever. He found tremendous benefit in a highly structured sober living environment/community and utilized it to change his life in monumental ways.

Chris continued his mission in recovery as a Director of a prominent sober living house in 2010. He learned the benefit of mentoring other men struggling with addiction over the course of many months, rather than watching them constantly relapse upon discharge from short-term treatment programs. Chris discovered his own determination to help individuals and their families regain the integrity, responsibility, and joy in sobriety that were once taken away by the disease of addiction.

Consequently, Chris went back to school, earning a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA in 2013 and furthered his understanding of the human mind. In addition, he volunteered at a social justice research lab at UCLA to better grasp real life social dynamics and witness how, and more importantly, why people can change.

At Ethos House, Chris it utilizing his years of personal and professional experience to better the lives of young men who walk through the front doors demoralized and lost. Through the structure and their experience at Ethos House, these men not only learn how to overcome addiction, but also thrive as mature, responsible, and joyful individuals in their journey of life.

Jacob’s journey in sobriety began in 2015. His road to and in recovery has been the least bit simple, and the obstacles he has faced to get to where he is have molded him into the man he is today. Venturing into the cold shackles of his addiction in early adolescence, Jacob’s goals were shunted prematurely. Upon dropping out of high school sophomore year his focus consisted of getting high and consequentially continuing to compile wreckage in his life. As his addiction advanced, run-ins with the law compounded, and failed attempts at rehabilitation persisted, Jacob felt more and more hopeless that he would never be able to end his affinity for self-destruction.

It was not until March 31st, 2015, that Jacob found the solution he needed at Ethos House. Through the guidance of his peers, with an emphasis on total accountability, he felt empowered to change the course of his life for the better. Though unwilling and defiant initially, his role models stuck with him and did not give up. He was pushed and encouraged throughout his reluctance to participate in life and pretty soon opportunities started to present themselves. After completing the program, he had scope and ambition in his life, which empowered him in his role as manager at Ethos House. He had not felt this in nearly a decade.

Jacob went on to re-enroll in school at Santa Monica College while still going through the house. He became fascinated by philosophical thought and reason, which corresponds greatly with the nature of the twelve steps of AA and their application in life. Jacob plans to continue in this field of study, while attending UCLA and continuing to follow true to the values his mentors instilled in him while he was new in sobriety. The contentment Jacob once found through artificial highs and intoxications is now achieved through working with other alcoholics. Jacob believes everyone’s journey is different, but what lays the foundation for change is inordinately the same. It takes support, guidance and a willingness to challenge one’s personal convictions.

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