Leo van Warmerdam is the Owner and Manager of Bay Area Sober Living. Bay Area Sober Living offers upscale structured transitional sober living homes in the Marin and San Francisco bay area. Previous to launching Bay Area Sober Living, Leo served as the Director of Operations for The Canyon treatment center in Malibu California, an upscale dual diagnosis residential treatment program. In 2007 he was recruited as Chief Operating Officer to open Alta Mira Treatment Programs in Sausalito California under its original owner. His background in addiction treatment also includes experience as a counselor and group facilitator in co-occurring disorders residential treatment programs. He is experienced in assisting individuals in early recovery with the challenges of integrating back into their communities and learning to live a sober lifestyle.
In addition to his industry specific work experience in the Chemical Dependency field, he has a degree in Business Administration and Finance and has broad business management and operations experience in international business and business management in the civil and environmental engineering field.
Leo also facilitates workshop and seminars on Toltec wisdom as presented in the best selling book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. He has studied with Don Miguel Ruiz and practiced the philosophy presented by him for 15 years.
The manager’s role is to supervise the residence and not the residents. The manager interviews and screens the residents for the household. The manager provides the direction for the residents to establish a democratic culture and nurture a positive and vibrant recovery community. Maintaining a household that is safe, sober, and recovery-supportive is the primary concern of the house manager, whereas personal recovery is the responsibility of the residents. Each resident is free to develop and utilize the recovery and/or treatment services and resources of their choice. House managers participate in weekly house meetings to address residence issues dealing with operations of the household, such as , maintenance, safety, cleaning and chore duties assignments.