A Message From Bob Forrest
“I’ve been working with all kinds of addicts on a daily basis, in and out of formal rehab settings, for almost two decades now. As I’ve watched the quality of care in most of America’s rehabs deteriorate over the last few years,
I have started working with a new, innovative, more cost-effective model. Basically, medical stabilization, followed by sober living, in conjunction with low-to-medium intensity out-patient treatment. In between detox and sober living, clients might spend a few weeks in a licensed treatment facility.
Compared to the cost of the average rehab, this kind of alternative care has proved much less expensive, while at the same time, a good deal more effective. I have been amazed to watch client after client who I put through the new model achieving long-term sobriety, and at a much higher rate than I’ve ever seen in traditional rehab settings. I began asking myself, ‘Why?’ Well, the answers are pretty simple. On a whole, the clients are more hopeful and easier to work with. It is obvious to me that this is because they feel they are really, finally accepting personal responsibility for their own recovery. In other words, they are in a less restrictive living situation, a positive, supportive living environment, in which they have to really want sobriety, and be willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve and maintain it. In this sort of an atmosphere, they aren’t just sitting around, but living free with their peers in a supportive, low-pressure, non-judgmental, hands-on recovery setting, a real home, in which they can actively participate in their own individual journeys into sobriety.
For me, the proof is in the results. Each day, I look forward to fulfilling this vision though our work at Alo House, here in Malibu, California – one of the most inspiring, beautiful places on earth!”
About Our Creative Director
The story of our Creative Director, Bob Forrest, ‘Bob and the Monster’ available on iTunes now here.
Running with Monsters: A Memoir
Celebrity Rehab star and Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest’s memoir about his drug-fueled life in the L.A. indie rock scene of the ’80s and ’90s and his life-changing decision to become a drug counselor who specializes in “reaching the unreachable.”
Life has been one strange trip for Bob Forrest. He started out as a suburban teenage drunkard from the Southern California suburbs and went on to become a member of a hip Hollywood crowd that included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Depp, and River Phoenix. Los Angeles was their playground, and they hung out in such infamous haunts as the Viper Room and the Whisky a Go Go.
Always one to push things to their limit, Bob partied the hardest and could usually be found at the center of the drama. Drugs weren’t Bob’s only passion. He was also a talented musician who commanded the stage as the wild and unpredictable lead singer of Thelonious Monster. They traveled the world, and their future seemed bright and wide open. But Bob’s demons grew stronger as he achieved more success and he sank deeper into his chemical dependency, which included alcohol, crack, and heroin habits. No matter how many times he went to rehab, sobriety just wouldn’t stick for him. Soon he saw his once-promising music career slip away entirely.
Eventually, Bob found a way to defeat his addiction, and once he did, he saw the opportunity to help other hopeless cases by becoming a certified drug counselor. He’s helped addicts from all walks of life, often employing methods that are very much at odds with the traditional rehab approach.
Running with Monsters is an electrifying chronicle of the LA rock scene of the 1980s and ’90s, the story of a man who survived and triumphed over his demons, and a controversial perspective on the rehab industry and what it really takes to beat addiction. Bob tells his story with unflinching honesty and hard-won perspective, making this a reading experience that shocks, entertains, and ultimately inspires.
The book can be purchased on Amazon here.