Friendly House La
347 Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90020
Founded in 1951, Friendly House has been helping women break free from the grip of addiction for more than 60 years. The residential facility in LA provides a safe and enriching environment in which women can recover from drug and alcohol addiction and achieve fulfilling and healthy lifestyles. Friendly House follows popular 12-step programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous, and hosts a weekly AA meeting on the premises.
- Los Angeles Location
- Women Only Treatment
- Non-Profit Treatment Center
12-StepThe term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Residential TreatmentResidential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
- Residential Neighborhood
Meet the Staff
- William L. CunninghamPresidentWilliam (Bill) L. Cunningham is the president of Cunningham Development Company, Inc., a Los Angeles-based realty development and property management company. Founded in 1988, Cunningham Development Company, Inc. has been the lead investor, developer, and operator in numerous multi-million dollar projects. The company has developed and managed projects throughout southern California including extensive activity in Los Angeles. The company has affiliated real estate development activities in Texas.
- Peggy AlbrechtExecutive DirectorLike Friendly House, Peggy Albrecht is a success story. Through tenacity, hard work and sobriety, she has devoted her life to the service of others. Peggy has first-hand knowledge of what it is like to rise from the depths of alcoholism. Her own sobriety began over 40 years ago after she realized her world was collapsing around her. In 1971 Peggy was employed as an executive at a Fortune 500 company and was a practicing alcoholic. “I found my drinking escalating and my life collapsing around me. I contemplated suicide and, during my last drunk, knew something had to change,” she says. Peggy called her brother and he took her to her first meeting on May 10, 1971. Peggy has been sober ever since that day.