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San Diego's Top Sober Living HOME
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Welcome to By The Sea Recovery

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

Sober Living in San Diego

Helping Men Achieve Long Term Sobriety

By The Sea Recovery is a sober living home in San Diego that helps men in recovery build a solid life foundation, free from drugs and alcohol addiction. 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 safe living environment after attending rehab, or know a loved one who needs help staying sober, we can help.

Our 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, secure, and structured place to live while they re-integrate back into society. 

Only 40 minutes from the airport, By The Sea Recovery is ideally located in “North County” – San Diego’s coastal community, surrounded by beautiful beaches.

In 2024, Mark and his family opened Present Moments Senior Living, a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE), that supports sober living for seniors.

Our admissions team is ready to assess your recovery needs. Call us now at 760-216-2077 to see if our Sober Living in San Diego is right for you.

Our Services
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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, and breathalyzing
  • Access to outpatient therapy/ psychiatry/ family therapy
  • Zero tolerance (creates a positive culture of recovery)
  • Support and mentoring
  • Transitional living planning
  • Reviewing and resolving personal credit issues
  • 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?

  • Structure:
    A common timetable, from community meetings to activities, residents begin the journey of responsibility and cooperation
  • Purpose:
    To create an inspiring atmosphere of honesty, creativity, talent development and usefulness.
  • Compassionate:
    The feeling of belonging and having a support system strengthens core esteem, reliance on a
    group, society and above all inspiration.
  • Fulfillment:
    Reintegration and solidified identity with self through service to society and others establishes satisfaction and worth.
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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! - Anonymous
  • 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. - Anonymous
  • 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. - Anonymous

San Diego's Top Sober Living

Extend Sobriety Through World-Class Sober Living What if you could live in a fantastic place, close to the beach, and have the right support for your recovery? Welcome to By the Sea Recovery sober living in San Diego. There is simply not a better combination of location, amenities, and staff out there than what can be found at our coastal homes in Carlsbad, CA. After detox or rehab, let us provide the right amount of attention so you can have a safe place after the first days of drug and alcohol detoxification all the way to school or work. We did it. You will too. As featured on CNN, By The Sea Recovery are San Diego California sober living homes that have set the standard for sober housing. Residing in our sober home can be paired with additional support and counseling through our outpatient programs. By the Sea sober living provides structure in the safe sober environment for individuals in recovery from drugs and alcohol. surfer-sober-san-diego-sober-living

San Diego's Premier Sober Living House

Our sober living house managers work alongside clients, parents, spouses and professionals to facilitate change necessary for lasting recovery. At By the Sea Sober Living San Diego we believe that struggling through early sobriety alone is difficult, but embracing recovery can be enjoyable. By the Sea Sober Living provides professional guidance and support to help you achieve long term sobriety.  While living at our San Diego sober living home, you will be immersed in a community with a group of like-minded recovering drug addicts and alcoholics who are not only serious about success in their recovery, but serious about success in all aspects of life - careers, relationships, and physical health.  Our San Diego sober living home is close to the gym, recovery meetings, public transit, basketball courts, skate parks, restaurants and many opportunities to work. Renew your connection with your career or education without the use of drugs or alcohol at By the Sea Sober Living in San Diego. We can help you achieve the life you want by connecting you to the active San Diego County recovery community. Our residents enjoy activities such as meditation, exercising, surfing, hiking, community involvement and more. These activities are proven to help reduce anxiety, improve gratitude, create healthy self-discipline and cultivate a positive attitude all while helping you integrate yourself with San Diego’s vibrant recovery community. Created By Behavioral Health Professionals and Achieved CARF Accreditation in 2020 By the Sea Recovery is the brainchild of Mark and Amy Gladden, who created Present Moments Recovery, one of San Diego's top drug rehab programs.  This family-owned treatment center offers the entire continuum of care, and every program is CARF-accredited for excellence. We dreamt of a better place to get sober and got in touch with the top drug and alcohol professionals in San Diego to achieve this dream. Your peers in recovery and the house  managers at By the Sea Recovery sober living are passionate about recovery.  This is a family affair, which makes the work we do extremely personal.  By the Sea Recovery sober living in San Diego was designed specifically to allow those who have completed residential drug treatment to transition into a long-term sober lifestyle. Let our clean and safe sober housing next to the beautiful beaches of Carlsbad become your new home.

By the Sea Sober Living is San Diego’s top rated sober living facility

Our comprehensive, structured sober living lifestyle includes peer accountability, a zero tolerance drug policy, 12 step studies and more. Our recovery homes in San Diego are designed to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment to help our residents maintain their sobriety. After detox or inpatient treatment has been completed, it is crucial to create a solid foundation in recovery. By the Sea Sober Living in San Diego provides professional guidance through early recovery so that you are never alone on the path to achieving long term sobriety. meditation-and-self-acceptance We ask our sober living residents to follow several rules:
  • 12-step meeting participation
  • Zero tolerance drug policy
  • Participation in group activities
  • Complete daily chores
  • Adhere to nightly curfew
Sober Living is More than Just 12-Step Meetings Meetings are not enough. Having the right people as peers, experienced management, and working with your counselor can change everything.  At By the Sea Recovery sober living, we believe in versatility and inspiration. This means sober living is designed to support your previous treatment and build upon it.  By the Sea Recovery sober living will help you tap into  long-term sobriety life with practical, evidence-based approaches and experiential activities. Let San Diego become your sober living foundation.

Inspirational Area in North County San Diego

By The Sea Recovery sober living homes in San Diego are located in “North County” – San Diego’s coastal community. This area is home to Tony Hawk, Shaun White, and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. North County San Diego boasts access to colleges, recovery resources, and hundreds of recovery support meetings. Only 15 minutes from the beach, By the Sea Recovery is ideally located to extend sobriety after leaving a higher level of care at a residential drug rehabilitation center. San Diego is the country’s top destination to begin your journey in recovery. With a robust recovery community, low unemployment rate, and climate that supports an active lifestyle, it is the perfect place to find your sober living home. Regardless of your drug of choice, you will be sure to find a supportive 12-Step community to help you begin your new life in sobriety. By the Sea Sober Living provides the guidance, community, and environment that are necessary to enact lasting change in a life of recovery from drugs and alcohol- making it San Diego’s top-rated sober living facility. There are many reasons to choose our San Diego sober living. One of the main reasons people in recovery gravitate toward San Diego is for the laid back beach lifestyle and the many fun and exciting things to do.  When continuing your sobriety after detox or inpatient treatment in San Diego, we can help you completely adopt a new sober life. happy-recovering-resident-in-san-diego-sober-living

MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment) in our Sober Living

We ensure that you can safely continue your MAT or medication-assisted treatment program while living in sober living. Suboxone, Naloxone, and Buprenorphine are medications that save lives. Medical supervision of medication-assisted treatment while living in a safe and alcohol and drug-free sober house can get you the greatest benefits of science and results. Let our sober homes be the support for a sustained recovery. The staff at By the Sea Recovery sober living is qualified and trained to secure and oversee client self-administration of medication like Suboxone and Subutex (brand names for buprenorphine) that is managed and prescribed by a licensed physician. These standards have been adopted from our DHCS licensed detox facility to ensure procedures are safe and supportive to client needs. These policies represent our exceptional dedication to providing the best recovery environment possible. Read more about MAT on the SAMHSA website.

Contact Our Sober Living in San Diego Today

Our founder Mark Gladden is standing by to take your call, check availability, and see if our sober home a good match for you in your current recovery trajectory. Call him now at (760)216-2077.