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Friendly House La

347 Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90020
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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.

Facility Highlights

  • Los Angeles Location
  • Women Only Treatment
  • Non-Profit Treatment Center


  • 12-Step

    The 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 Treatment

    Residential 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.

Facility Settings

  • Residential Neighborhood

Meet the Staff

  • William L. Cunningham
    William L. CunninghamPresident
    William (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 Albrecht
    Peggy AlbrechtExecutive Director
    Like 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.

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For more than fifty years, Friendly House has provided residential treatment to women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. According to the facility’s website, it was the first residential treatment program for women in the country, located in Los Angeles. Detox services are not available on-site, and women must not have consumed alcohol or drugs for 72 hours prior to admission. A sober living facility is available to women who have completed the residential program and seek a transitional environment.


With a focus on achieving recovery from addiction, renewed family relationships, and reintegration into the community, this traditional residential program is based on the 12-step model. To achieve their goals, residents of Friendly House attend four daily groups, nightly Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, and weekly process groups. Weekly case management meetings determine the client’s process, and serve as the place where clients set goals for the coming week.

The facility also works with several local medical and mental health organizations to provide additional services to clients as needed. As a holistic care option, residents participate in yoga.

Friendly House’s sober living program provides transitional care to adult women who have completed the residential program but still require structured care in a supportive, homelike environment. Former clients of Friendly House are encouraged to join the organization’s alumni group, called Grateful Hearts.


The treatment team includes a program director and a program manager, both of whom are certified advanced alcohol and drug counselors.


Peggy Albrecht Friendly House operates two residential facilities. The main home, a seven-bedroom house located in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles, accommodates 16 women. The sober living residence, which is in Culver City, is a five-bedroom home that accommodates 11 women. Of the two alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date, one evaluated the facility’s accommodations and amenities, giving it a rating of five out of five stars.


The two former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave Peggy Albrecht Friendly House highly positive reviews. Ligia credited the facility with bringing her back to life, while R.B. awarded the rehab all four and five out of five stars across 15 different evaluated metrics, including holistic and leisure offerings, staff support, connectivity and visitor policies, cleanliness, the staff’s level of training and experience, the counselors’ respect for client treatment preferences, frequency and consistency of meetings, and overall quality of group counseling. The reviewer described the rehab as “very caring but firm on the rules.”


According to the facility’s website, the rehab accepts most PPO insurance plans. Potential clients can verify their insurance coverage on the rehab’s website. One of the two alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date reported using HMO/PPO insurance and told Rehabs.com that the care, treatment, and services they received were worth the cost.

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