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About Us

A new, effective approach to recovery

High Sobriety: A Path Towards Life and Choice.

Our Philosophy

High Sobriety supports a spectrum of recovery alternatives for individuals who have been previously unable to stop using alcohol and/or other drugs after attending traditional abstinence-based settings. The sheer number of people that fall into this category is astounding. For example, if you examine statistics from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration), approximately 25% of individuals who undergo abstinence-based treatment, do not relapse. Although any measure of success is encouraging, we at High Sobriety are committed to supporting the remaining 75%, who incidentally, rank in the millions. 

Tradition Vs. Change

The majority of other recovery programs are staffed with “recovering” addicts and alcoholics. Most of these individuals participate (hopefully) in a 12-Step Program, which they believe, is the one path that helped them get clean and sober. Therefore, when a client questions the concept of total abstinence, the staff member will shut it down, citing no real data, except for their own personal experience in 12-Step Meetings.  

Herein lies the crux of the problem; individuals that don’t adhere to the concept of total abstinence, but have improved their lives, do not attend 12-Step Meetings. They are not welcome there, unless of course, they want to stop doing what has worked for them and adhere to a confusing set of internally known but publicly unsung standards about which types of drugs are acceptable in the 12-Step Program and when they can be used. For example, a benzodiazepine prescribed by a Psychiatrist for the treatment of anxiety is probably reasonable, but cannabis prescribed for Crohn’s Disease or a Sleep Disorder is definitely not.

Although these standards may make sense to most traditional practitioners working in traditional treatment settings, they don’t make a lot of sense when considering the needs of the 75% who don’t understand the concept of abstinence, and more importantly, have probably demonstrated an inherent inability to abide by that philosophy in the past.

An Alternative Approach.

What Alternatives Does High Sobriety Offer?

In the interest of serving the 75%, High Sobriety offers several alternatives to traditional recovery approaches including a Cannabis-Inclusive recovery environment.  Additionally, residents must have been unsuccessful at previous attempts to engage in an abstinence-based recovery process and must be currently using drugs with a known lethal dose or with side-effects that have the potential to be life-threatening, i.e. alcohol. These are just two of the 10+ prerequisites required for eligibility in our cannabis inclusive community.  

We support the following alternatives to traditional recovery: 
Harm Reduction 
Risk Minimization 
Alternatives to Abstinence 
Drug Replacement Therapy 
Cannabis-Inclusive Modalities 
Medication Assisted Approach

The Benefits of These Approaches

If you have read this section of the website with an open mind, you can see the benefits of High Sobriety. We have created a community that is designed specifically for those (discarded 75%) who had previously suffered in silent shame after relapse without a sense of hope and who had no other options before but to try and squeeze themselves once again into someone else’s definition of recovery. We have created an environment that is empowering by adopting the philosophy of, “Where there is life, there is hope,” and with a clinical team who believes the journey towards self-improvement should not be discouraged by attacking a vulnerable individual’s character. In the simplest sense, we have created a community that is a partnership, rather than a demand. 

If you think our approach might be able to help you or your loved one call (800) 515-3909. Even if you don’t qualify for High Sobriety, we will help you find a community that will be a good fit for your situation.

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Learn more about how our Cannabis-Inclusive Recovery Solutions can work for you!

Our Mission.

Recovery, redefined. 

For generations, the metric of success in recovery has been “was the drug test clean?” Toxicology testing is an important data point but should it be the only one that matters? High Sobriety has a different take on recovery. We believe recovery is a self-defined state of being for individuals actively seeking to improve physical, emotional, and mental health. High Sobriety doesn’t believe any of us will ever bat 1.000, we are all in a constant state of change and working to reach our better selves. Our goals are broader than the binary question of “was the drug screen clean or dirty”. 

 

To reach our potential, don’t we have to be drug free? Maybe. When you have seen one alcoholic or addict, you have seen just that, one alcoholic or addict. There are no hard and fast answers for any one person, our road maps are all different. Empirically, what we know, is that nobody finds any kind of recovery if they are dead. Recovery isn’t a decision, it’s a process. It isn’t a resolve or promise it’s a commitment, and a game of inches. If the journey starts and continues, there is no way to know the ultimate point of landing. 

At High Sobriety, our first and foremost goal is to eliminate the risk of death from drug use. Cocaine, heroin, meth amphetamine, pharmaceuticals, and other street drugs all have a lethal dose. Alcohol leads the death toll and kills more people than all other drugs combined. Cannabis has no known lethal dose. Eliminating drugs with a lethal dose and using a drug with no lethal dose is a massive improvement and saves lives. For generations we have been told that cannabis is a “gateway” drug and at High Sobriety, we believe it is an exit drug.  We are a unique recovery community that can aid the minimization of harm and elimination of the use of drugs with a lethal dose. We believe, with our guidance, people can live happier and safer lives by switching from lethal drugs to cannabis.

 

In concordium mentis e corpus.

 

High Sobriety believes in the interwoven connection between mind and body – we are invested in ensuring that residents realize physiological improvements alongside emotional and mental health improvements.

How residents use cannabis.

We support our residents’ cannabis replacement approach, where it is in full compliance with law and under medical supervision. Cannabis is used for a variety of medical conditions for treating and aiding symptomatic care. Cannabis can aid in the cleansing process, helping with discomfort, insomnia, and flu-like symptoms associated with the withdrawal process, reducing or eliminating the need for other drugs. After the initial cleansing process, a doctor of the residents’ choice provides a comprehensive and collaborative evaluation to determine an individual’s goals for recovery. The determination of how cannabis is used is ultimately made by the doctor, like any other medication.  

Post cleansing, cannabis continues to be an option under medical supervision. When someone has been using for a prolonged period of time, moving into total abstinence within 30 days may not be a realistic undertaking, it may not even be the best strategy. It certainly raises the question: if total abstinence is the best course of action, why are the results so poor? 

Meet The Team

The High Sobriety recovery community is aided by outside professionals of industries most experienced addiction specialists, doctors and recovery authorities

  • Dr. Sherry Yafai is a classically trained Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Yafai graduated from UCLA Neuroscience Department and went on to complete her medical education and residency training at UC San Diego in 2009. In 2017, Dr. Yafai segwayed into Cannabis Medicine and has been practicing at the Releaf Institute since that time.

    Dr. Sherry Yafai
    Director of Research & Development

Dr. Sherry Yafai M.D.

Dr. Sherry Yafai is a classically trained Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Yafai graduated from UCLA Neuroscience Department and went on to complete her medical education and residency training at UC San Diego in 2009. She has since worked at St John’s Hospital Emergency Department (predominantly), Kaiser ER, West LA ER and Olympia ER over the past 9 years. In 2017, Dr. Yafai segwayed into Cannabis Medicine and has been practicing at the Releaf Institute since that time. In 2017, Dr. Yafai gave half a dozen lectures about Cannabis Based Medication Treatments to her medical colleagues in the Los Angeles area. Her work with High Sobriety began in late 2017. In 2018, High Sobriety and Dr. Yafai have worked together on implementing a more target, goal directed protocol for each individual resident with hopes of providing long term sobriety for individuals. She anticipates joint research projects with UCLA Cannabis Initiative showing that these Cannabis protocols will assist patients in maintaining long term sobriety. Dr. Yafai is also a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and is currently the lead for a committees to make changes on the Medical Board of California’s Decision Tree for cannabis use/protocols.

Residents who reside in our community suffer from...

DUAL DIAGNOSIS

•Depression •Anxiety •Bipolar Disorder •ADHD •Post Traumatic Stress •Obsessive Compulsive •Panic Disorder

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

•Heroin / Morphine •Prescription Pain Medications •Suboxone / Methadone •Cocaine / Methamphetamine •Ecstasy / MDMA •Xanax / Valium •Alcohol

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