The Malibu Juice Magnate

MALIBU, Calif. — I wasn’t eating right. Was I even eating? In that miserable winter in 2011, I couldn’t always be sure. Unlike my impossibly slender, toned new neighbors here, where I’d rented a small apartment on the beach to escape my cold Montana hometown, I didn’t count calories, carbs or protein grams. I only counted pounds, the bottom line. Lately, I’d lost track even of those. A combination of workaholic strain and grief over my mother’s recent death had plunged me into a spiral of self-neglect as I veered between pigging out and going hungry. I was failing as a Southern Californian, and my eyes, as yellow as Post-it notes, were proof. house in Malibu in 2007, called Riviera Recovery. It was there that he crafted SunLife’s signature smoothie, the Wolverine — a date and banana blend with maca, bee pollen and royal jelly. Read More

How a Juice Company Founder Recovered from Heroin Overdose and Jail to Start an Empire

Khalil Rafati intentionally overdosed on heroin in 2001. The next year, he was shot at while using drugs. He suffered stints of homelessness and jail time. Finally, in 2003, Rafati says he “finally reached the bottom of all bottoms.” “There was no more digging left to do; all of my shovels were broken. I was done,” he tells the New York Times. Rafati, now the successful founder of SunLife Organics, a juice company in California frequented by Anthony Kiedis, David Duchovny and other celebrities, recounted his journey from drug addiction to success in his book, I Forgot to Die. He started by founding a sober living house in Malibu in 2007, called Riviera Recovery. It was there that he crafted SunLife’s signature smoothie, the Wolverine — a date and banana blend with maca, bee pollen and royal jelly. Read More

Riviera Recovery Featured on After Party Pod, Rehab Reviews

Jose Hernandez, Founder and owner of Riviera Recovery in Malibu, CA was featured on the After Party Podcast, which is a division of After Party Magazine and RehabReviews.com.  The After Hour Pod is all about addiction and recovery and discusses industry trends, news, rehab reviews, and inspirational stories.  In this postcast, Jose shares his incredible journey from living on the streets addicted to heroin to his recovery and how he now provides hope and recovery to others who are addicted. Read More https://rehabreviews.com/from-homeless-to-healer/