San Diego's Top Sober Living HOME


Welcome to By The Sea Recovery

The accredited sober living home that raised the bar by providing an inspirational community experience.



By The Sea Recovery is a sober living in San Diego that helps men in recovery build a solid life foundation, free from drugs and alcohol. After completing our program, our residents have been able to re-enter society and flourish in all areas of life. Whether you're looking for a sober home after attending rehab, or know a loved one who needs help staying sober, By The Sea Recovery can help.

Call us at 760-216-2077 to find out about our current availability and so we can get to know about your situation and see if we can help you. Founder Mark Gladden has been helping men get and stay sober in the San Diego area for many years and developed By The Sea Recovery to address the need that many men have for a stable and secure place to live while they re-integrate back into society.

By The Sea Recovery sober living home in San Diego is located in “North County” – San Diego’s coastal community. North County San Diego is also home to colleges, recovery resources, drug rehabs, detox centers and hundreds of twelve step meetings. Only 40 minutes from the airport, By The Sea Recovery is ideally located to extend sobriety after leaving a higher level of care at a residential drug rehabilitation center.


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A Vibrant Sober Community "By the Sea" in Carlsbad

Getting initial sobriety isn't easy, so we applaud you for that.  But can the next six to nine months actually be even harder? Some people in recovery say that there is a "pink cloud" that makes the first thirty days of sobriety uplifting and exciting.  But after that awakening, settling in to 'long term sobriety' can be tricky for many people.  There is a discouraging statistic that 90% of those who complete an inpatient rehab program will relapse within the first year*.

Where many men and women run into trouble are the weeks and months that follow initial sobriety, especially if they return home to the setting in which they were using drugs or alcohol.  As you progress in your life and begin the process of  re-entering the workforce or resuming your educational career, it's crucial to stay plugged into a 'recovery community.'  Not only will you be surrounded by others who are serious about maintaining continuous sobriety at By The Sea, our house managers and administrators will be there to provide professional guidance and support so you can achieve long term sobriety. 

While living at our San Diego sober living, you will be immersed in a community of successfully recovering men who are pursuing successful careers, relationships, and physical health.  Our San Diego sober living home is within walking distances to many opportunities to work as well as the gym, recovery meetings, public transit, basketball courts, and restaurants. We are a short drive (or public transit ride) to the beach. Carlsbad was rated 'one of the best places to live in America', receiving an A+ score from

Our house managers work alongside our residents, and often their families too, to facilitate change necessary for lasting recovery. Our comprehensive sober living program includes:

  • Bi weekly drug testing, nightly breathalyzing
  • Access to outpatient therapy/ psychiatry/ family therapy
  • Zero tolerance (creates a positive culture of recovery)
  • 24 hour support and mentoring
  • Transitional living planning
  • Reviewing and resolving personal credit issues
  • Weekly Family communication
  • Daily schedule reviews and time management support
  • Organizational skills development 

Sober Living Details

*source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Whats Sets Our Sober Living Home Apart?

World Class Sober Home

Our By The Sea Recovery sober living home offers an objective based and data driven process, 24/7 on site management by a house manager (trained in CPR and First Aid), and the safety of a zero drug and alcohol tolerance environment.

Experienced Staff

We have over a decade of helping guide the men in our care to successful recovery outcomes in sober housing and post-rehab transitional living with a strong clinical support component.


Our world-class facility management process was founded by family members in long term recovery with a vision of healing from a systemic perspective. By The Sea Recovery sets the benchmark for sober living homes by being accredited by CARF and a certified member of CCAPP, NARR, and SOARR.

Drug and Alcohol Testing

We facilitate a safe and abstinent sober living environment through the use of a complete 13-panel cup, alcohol breathalyzer, and a certified lab 93-panel drug test confirmation process at a local industry leading lab.



Customer Testimonials

  •  Very Friendly staff and a great living facility

    My brother, we’ll call him James to protect his anonymity, came here after attending their detox and inpatient program. He’s had tremendous success and currently has over six months of sobriety!

    - Jeff Hanson

  • This is not your average sober living.

     My family has been reunited and we share a beautiful relationship today. By the Sea is the cornerstone of my recovery and I am forever grateful for the experience I have had with the people I consider my family.

    - Adam Herald

  • We highly recommend Mark and his facility.

    Mark answered a cold call from us when we were confused and desperate trying to help our son. Six months later he is transitioning to living on his own and we are thankful for Mark and the By the Sea community.

    - Google Reviewer

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