TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials 2017-10-23T22:14:44+00:00

“THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP VICTORIA’S HOUSE ARE WHAT MAKE IT SPECIAL”

When I got to Victoria’s House I was broken. They gave me a place to be and people to love & care for me until I could love & care for myself. Five years later, I’m thriving in NYC and have Victoria’s House to thank. But it’s not the place per se. The people who make up Victoria’s House are what make it special.”

BOBBY L

2005

“VICTORIA’S HOUSE IS MY SAFE PLACE”

Victoria’s House is my safe place. Liz and Jen work on and off the clock to make sure each and every client there is safe and comfortable. I was the happiest and in the best spot when I was living there. Liz and Jen were on board with me 24/7 and also on board with my family, my medical team and my treatment team from my previous treatment center where I continued to attend alumni meetings. Out of the many sober living homes I have been to, it has the most reasonable and realistic living circumstances. It was always a safe, clean, calm and easy environment to come back to. The staff truly does care about keeping people clean… they are there to save lives, and they go way out of their way to do it. They are special, all four of them. If you want the help, they are there for you. There was ALWAYS a solution at Victoria’s House. With an AMAZING staff like Lizzy, Jen, Ronda and Dre on site 24/7, there’s no place like home when you’re at Victoria’s House.

K.S.

2005

“VICTORIA’S HOUSE SAVED MY SON’S LIFE”

By the time we got to Victoria’s House, we were scared to death. My ‘beautiful boy’ had had some relapses that made us realize he was fighting for his life. He knew it. We hadn’t realized it yet.

Victoria’s House saved my son’s life. These women understand it, have lived it, and they wanted it for my son as much as I did. Not a business minded sober living but a genuine dedication to sobriety. Their authenticity won my son over. He would have been out of there otherwise, like he was so many times before.

When he finally felt ready to leave, I was afraid. I wanted him there forever. We had a meeting. They told my son that any time, under any circumstances, should he ever feel at all uncomfortable, he always has a place there, even if it’s full. They told him to come sleep on the couch. They weren’t talking about payments. Nor were they trying to rope him in to stay longer. Liz and Jen never give up and they are always available.

This reads like a fairy tale with a happy ending… he is on the road, he now knows where to go if he has trouble and he knows he is loved… What could be better?

ANONYMOUS

2012-2013

“VICTORIA’S HOUSE’S EXCEPTIONAL SUPPORT SYSTEM WAS ABOVE-AND-BEYOND ADEQUATE, AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHERE… MY LIFE BEGAN ANEW”

Simone de Beauvoir says we are “not born woman…rather [we] become woman” and that universal (yet oddly singular) idea of “becoming” encapsulates my, Victoria’s House experience. “Becoming” is a global tenet, i.e., we’re all/always/forevermore constantly dwelling in this sublime state of becoming, and Victoria’s House’s safe, structured, and nurturing atmosphere was perfectly conducive to jump-starting a becoming that resembled something rather evolutionary…

Firstly, I wasn’t your straightforward, run-of-the-mill client, i.e., my co-occurring, dual diagnoses reared their ugly heads (therefore, my sobriety wasn’t as “commonplace,” or “as appealing”, quite frankly….) Despite the fact that Jenevieve’s facility is a sober living (in lieu of a treatment center), Victoria’s House’s exceptional support system was above-and-beyond adequate, and that is precisely where (literally, latitudinally, and longitudinally) my life began anew. The house’s structured schedule (and the supportive staff members/clientele therein) hindered my ability to indulge that familiar, awful ache. Shortly thereafter, I leased my first apartment, matriculated, and–five-or-so months later–I transferred into my first-choice university. I graduated last year, and my life isn’t perfect by any means, but I’m savoring the pilgrimage– my opportunity to become, and to live.

Today, I am very much alive…I’m well aware of the fact that my, personal becoming was wholly stunted, pre-Victoria’s house…a life devoid of options–of mobility–isn’t one worth vying for…

S.R.

2006-2007

“THE MINELIANS DID SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST PROVIDE A SAFE, SOBER ENVIRONMENT FOR ME”

The Minelians did so much more than just provide a safe, sober environment for me. They wrapped their loving arms around me and helped me become the woman and professional I am today. Firstly, they helped ignite a fire in me to further my education. As a result, today I am a registered nurse. But not only that, they helped teach me many valuable life-skills, including: money management, organization, accountability, & work ethic (they even helped me get my first job at a nearby clothing store), coping mechanisms, among many more!

If you choose to come to Victoria’s House, you can end up leaving with so much more than sobriety. The Minelians have truly become my family. Today, I am 8 years sober, which is largely due to guidance, love and support that I received at Victoria’s House. I strongly believe that had I not ended up there, my path may have looked much different.

R.O.

2005-2006

“THE MINELIANS ARE INVALUABLE RESOURCES WHEN IT COMES TO RECOVERY”

What first struck me about VH, honestly, was the decor. Other sober livings I’d looked at felt impersonal and even institutional. VH was the opposite, with its warm, eclectic decor, inviting central patio, and cool ocean breeze. It felt vibrant yet peaceful, it was the only place I could actually see myself living.

I landed at VH after many turbulent years of active addiction and a couple failed attempts at staying clean. Having completed treatment, I knew I was too vulnerable to live on my own and certainly wasn’t ready to return to my old surroundings. I was looking for a safe, supportive environment in which I could begin to build a new, healthier life. VH offered the right balance of structure and freedom. It became the base from which I could go out into the world and gain experience facing different situations without the crutch of drugs and alcohol. It was where I practiced trading old habits for new behaviors and building more honest relationships. It was where I slowly healed.

The experience of living with other clients who were at different points in their recovery was invaluable. However, what really makes VH special is its owners, sisters Liz and Jen Minelian. Personally, I was drawn to their knowledge, energy, experience and genuine enthusiasm for all things recovery. Having walked in my shoes, they were able to understand what I was going through with great empathy, and also to recognize when things were amiss, keeping VH a truly safe and sober environment. I, in turn, was able to trust their advice and look to them as (much needed) daily examples that it was possible not only to make peace with your past, but to go on to live a dignified, sober life that was rewarding, full, and, most importantly, fun.

The Minelians are invaluable resources when it comes to recovery. They are truly gifted at dealing with the newly sober and assessing each individual’s needs, offering support where it is needed and freedom once it’s been earned. This individualized attention is one of VH’s key strengths. Liz and Jen were the first people to believe in me in a long time and that made all the difference in the world for my recovery.

M.L.

2008-2009

“VICTORIA’S HOUSE PROVIDED A SAFE AND LOVING ENVIRONMENT ON MY DAUGHTER’S PATH TO SOBRIETY”

Victoria’s House provided a safe and loving environment on my daughter’s path to sobriety. I was grateful that she found V. H. and especially the she met Jenevieve, who was loving and always available for my daughter on her journey.

A.T.

2005-2006

“IF YOU’RE READY FOR RECOVERY AND WANT A PLACE THAT IS LOVING, SUPPORTIVE AND STABLE – VICTORIA’S HOUSE IS THE ANSWER”

I left Victoria’s House in 2008 and I am now happily married to a wonderful man in the program. Jen, Liz and their mother Victoria were at my wedding because they are still that important in my life. Until now, I never expressed my deep appreciation to them for not only providing me a home but a family and ultimately a job on my road to recovery.

In my opinion, Victoria’s House is a safe and nurturing environment for recovery. It provides structure that is needed but does so in a casual atmosphere that feels like home. Jen and Liz are always there for you and are great listeners. They will show love and compassion but will know when to draw the line and get tough if the situation calls for it.

If you’re ready for recovery and want a place that is loving, supportive and stable – Victoria’s House is the answer.

F.C.

2007-2008

“FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I NOT ONLY FELT SAFE, BUT I FELT LOVE THAT DIDN’T EXPECT ANYTHING BACK IN RETURN”

When I first stepped into Victoria’s House I was young and I was extremely angry. I didn’t want to be clean and sober and I sure as hell didn’t want to live in a house with a bunch of people that did. I gritted my teeth and appeased my family, but I wasn’t able to absorb any of the love and attention I was really receiving. Soon after leaving I relapsed and after enough torture to myself I called Liz & Jen and they welcomed me back with open arms, despite the fact that I was a complete asshole while living there for 6 months. I didn’t have to beg or make any elaborate promises, they simply said “come on back.”

I ended up staying at Victoria’s House for 23 months and the Minelians became my family. For the first time in my life, I not only felt safe, but I felt love that didn’t expect anything back in return. I didn’t owe these women anything, yet they freely gave to me what they had also been given.

Fast forward a few years and after a few years of clean time, a couple of children and my fair share of heartbreak, these women continue to take me in. They have never shunned me or judged me and have never failed to love me through something that I find to be impossible. I will forever be grateful and intend to continue paying it forward…

A.J.

2005-2008

“CARING STAFF”

Spectacular location. Caring staff. Long history of recovery and compassionate care.

LORELEI LESLIE

2017

“THE OWNERS ARE AMAZING AND CARE ABOUT YOU”

The staff are always there anytime you need to talk cry scream yell or you just need a hug. I have been through hell and back and I feel safe and at peace here. I’m never leaving!

KARA MORELAND

2016

“THE BEST OF THE BEST”

Kindness, Love and a sense of belonging to something genuine is the least I can say to describe the environment. Anyone can have a sober house but this is a place one could and does call HOME. Good food, excellent accommodations, fun and involved staff, walk to the beach, great shopping, lovely safe neighborhood etc. etc. etc. Love love love Jen and Liz. The best of the best, why? Cause they give a damn.

GINA PICK

2016

“LOVE IT HERE!”

Amazing location and all the houses are beautifully furnished!! Staff are very loving and always there to support the clients! Love it here!

BRIANNE EMDY

2015

“THIS PLACE HAS STAFF WHO REALLY CARE”

This place has staff who really care, nice living space, great recovery & really close to the beach..

LAUREN WILEY

2015

“I’VE NEVER FELT LOVED AND CONNECTED LIKE I DID AND DO AT VICTORIA’S HOUSE”

BOBBY LUDEMAN

2015

“AMAZING, LOVING AND BEAUTIFUL STAFF AND FACILITY!!!”

SHAWNA ROGERS

2016

“WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR…”

Has nice amenities good recovery and staff that care about the clients and close to the beach what more can you ask for had the opportunity to do some work there so they’re always doing upgrades to make more comfortable for people that are actually seeking recovery.

RORY ADAMS

2014

CONTACT US

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and needs help; don’t wait, reach out today. Victoria’s House has been helping people find recovery since 2005 and we can help you too. You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact us today.

Main Office: 1813 12th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 800.210.1216
Email: info@victorias-house.com