June 2009

Detox Malibu

Soba Living is pleased to announce the opening of Detox Malibu at
Soba. Detox Malibu is a full service drug and alcohol detoxification
facility. We are licensed by the California Department of Alcohol and
Drug Programs.

Detox Malibu at Soba works with independent contracted physicians
and addiction specialists who coordinate with our staff to design
individualized detox protocols for each client. Our staff is trained
and committed to making each client’s stay as comfortable as possible.
Clients will enjoy staying in a private or semi-private beach bungalow
Sobana, while being monitored by our 24-hour onsite staff.

We provide full service transportation and we are pet friendly. Detox Malibu is
designed to serve the individual needs of every client that comes to
us, whether someone is just beginning their recovery journey or
looking to get back on track following a relapse.

Detox Malibu at Soba is extremely confidential, private and discreet. Our location provides
a peaceful and serene alternative to a hospital environment when an
individual is simply looking for a detox facility. Our facility
provides detoxification at a similar price point that a hospital
would, and the length of stay begins at one week and varies depending
on your contracted physician’s protocol.

Detox Malibu at Soba offers clients many different aftercare options which will improve chances of
remaining sober, however our clients are in no way bound to remain in
a resident setting or sober living environment following their stay
in detox. We are like no other facility in Malibu and are pleased to
offer a unique and exciting service to the recovery community.

do not hesitate to call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if we may be
able to help you or someone you know.


Steve – For One Year.

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Sobanas. My mother and I drove into the upper parking lot when she exclaimed “who are all these people!” I replied ” I told you, they’re here to celebrate my 1 year sober b-day”. she said “how nice”. My mother and father didn’t seem very excited when I told them about my birthday. I think they’re in shock. Out of my seven brothers and sisters, four are addicts and alcoholics. I’m the only one who is actively sober. I do have to say that they have been through a lot though.

We had fun at the party. Chef Eamon manned the grill, Aimee bought 8 different types of ice cream and Greg hooked up the tunes. There were plenty of laughs and smiles. As for me this past year I have met so many interesting and colorful people I wouldn’t know where to begin.  With the help of my family and friends, I have turned my life around. To everyone who could make it to the party thanks to you for your kind words and support. For those who couldn’t make it, I’ll see you next year!

Steve we are so proud of you! Soba certainly would not be what it is today with out you! Thank you for all of your hard work!

Food Art and Music on the final Friday of summer months.

Soba Living is starting back up with our monthly Food, Art and Music parties at Club Soba Malibu 22669 Pacific Coast Highway. All are welcome to join us! Also if you have a hobby or a talent you would like to showcase (jewelry you have made that you would like to sell, guitar players, if you have art you make that you would like to sell) we will have little tables you can set up at our functions. If you would like to be in the showcase please email aimee@​clubsoba.​com with subject line: soba party.

If you would just like to come and join in the fun, we will see you all at Club Soba 22669 PCH on June 26th from 8:​30pm-​10:​30pm!

You can r.s.v.p or send any questions to aimee@​clubsoba.​com

Calling All Softball Players

Calling all softball players!

We are forming a softball team for the Malibu Summer Adult Softball League. The paperwork is done, we just need some willing and able bodies!

Games are on Sundays, June 28-August 23, 2009. No games on 7/5. Game times range 9-6.  Rules are available at under Parks/Recreation, Youth/Adult Sports.

If you want to be on the team just respond to this email and you will be on the list!

And know that fans are almost as important as the players- so hope you come out to support even if you can’t don’t want to play!

If you have any questions email Aimee

May 2009

Wreckage Of My Past

So I went to court this morning for my third and last DUI case. The case had been being continued for the last year so I could keep bring in progress reports showing that I’m living clean and sober, and getting better every day.
So basically I’m going to have to go to DUI school and that bummed me out at first but then I started thinking… 3 DUI’s and I never hit and killed anyone. I never injured myself, never spent more than a night in jail due to my DUI’s and amazingly I still have my driver’s lisence!!!! It’s easier to see the few bad things in life than to see the many many good things to be grateful for.

My lawyer was telling me that he’s in the middle of a case right now of a 21 year old girl who is being charged with vehicular manslaughter because she hit and killed someone while driving drunk. He said she is a sweet girl from a nice family and this has ruined her life. They are trying to give her 9 years in state prison. That story gave me the chills because that could’ve been me (or any one of us) sooo many times.

<3 Aimee

Featured Property

SOBA Living West Channel

Soba West Channel provides a healing energy for those with a passion
for being sober. We hope you feel at home in these beautiful apartments
furnished with hardwood floors, stainless steel kitchens, travertine
bathrooms, and plasma televisions. Each apartment at Soba West Channel
accommodates one to two people. The location is ideal for those working
or pursuing education in Santa Monica or Los Angeles and is at the
gateway to Malibu, Santa Monica Canyon, UCLA, and Pacific Palisades.

April 2009

Resident Success

I went to my first treatment center in 1983 for drugs and alcohol. I was twelve years old.

Thirteen more rehabs, two prison terms, and several near death experiences later, here I am today, alive by the grace of God and clean and sober. This is truly a miracle. I am a firm believer that God has plans for this addict.

I now work a program, have a sponsor, a home group, commitments, and I work the steps on a daily basis. I am not from California, but I do reside here now. I live at Soba Living West Channel and it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. This place is awesome. The staff and owner truly care about what happens in my life today. I would not trade this experience for anything in the world. Life is great.

-Ashley, West Channel

Parental Perspective

The day my husband and I found Soba was the beginning of the answer to our prayers. We had managed to get our daughter Joy through a 30 day rehab program and had learned that it was imperative for her to stay in a sober living program for at least another month if she were to have any chance at all with her recovery from heroin addiction.

Sadly, she was very resistant to the idea of sober living and had rejected the idea because it seemed too institutional and restrictive. After talking with John Tarasi and Greg Hannley we felt we might have a chance to save our daughter, if we could just get her to meet them. She agreed, as she said, only because she felt that she owed us that much. John and Greg responded immediately to our call and arranged to meet us within the hour. The girl we brought to them was angry, frightened and had a chip on her shoulder!

We were amazed to see the change come over Joy as she listened to Greg explain the lifestyle and program at Soba. His honesty and understanding disarmed her and we could see her sit up and come alive as she realized that Soba was a place that she could be safe and also be allowed to be her own person. About then a few of the residents came in to meet Joy and share their experiences and stories of how they’d come to Soba and the good life that they’d found there.

After touring the apartments, and falling in love with them, she was happy to sign up for a month at Soba! Greg gave me permission to stay the first night with Joy, as my husband and I were reluctant to leave her there without thoroughly checking out the whole situation. After getting settled in and meeting her roommate we all went to our first NA meeting.

After the meeting we went back to Soba and joined her roommate and some of the other residents out on the deck overlooking the Pacific. Before long we were all laughing and talking and sharing experiences. Joy and I began repairing our relationship that night.

The feeling there was magical, very spiritual and comforting, in that everyone there was on the same quest for peace and dignity in their lives. Joy, and her Dad and I, were confident that we’d found the place for her to continue her recovery. We visited many times during the next month and each time was special and fun. We were so encouraged by Joy’s progress. Joy decided to stay after the first month and that stretched into nine months, with her moving to the Villas for the last few months. She became very involved with her twelve step program and began working hard at her recovery process.

After a few months she was hired to work at a teen rehab near Soba. She loved working with the teens and discovered a real passion for helping others. She’s realized that this is her calling, to share her hard earned wisdom. To this end she has left sober living to return to school to get her masters in social work.

Yesterday she called to tell us she has been accepted at NYU! She attributes her success to the support and guidance she received while living at Soba and the Villas and working at the teen rehab. She is so excited about going to the school she dreamed about years ago, and is really fired up to work even harder now! Her father and I know that without Greg and John touching her heart that first day we might have lost our Joy. We will forever be grateful to them and dedicated to supporting and advocating for Soba  and The Villas at Malibu. Hopefully, in a few years, Joy will have her masters in hand and return to work with the people who restored her to a life worth living!