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San Diego Sober Living for College Students

While substance abuse can affect people from all walks of life, one group of people that often struggle with substance abuse issues is college students. Colleges often get a reputation for a ‘party lifestyle,’ and one that is 'well-earned.' With the stress of studying, lack of supervision, and the struggles of living away from home for the first time, it’s not a surprise that many college students abuse drugs or alcohol. While it can seem like drugs and alcohol can help relieve the stress, they usually just end up making things worse.

Luckily, there are treatment centers where college students and other people dealing with a substance use disorder (SUD) can go to get help. And, for those who are newly sober, a sober living house is a great living environment for the first few months that they return to their academic pursuits.

Signs of Drug or Alcohol Addiction in College Students

If you know someone in college, it’s important to look for signs of substance abuse. Usually, behavioral signs are the first indication that something might be wrong. If you notice someone who is enrolled in college showing these symptoms, they may be struggling with an SUD:

  • More irritability or anger than usual
  • A decrease in motivation
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Going to class less often or not at all
  • An unexplained increase or decrease in appetite,
  • Exhibiting paranoia or anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Acting secretive
  • Using substances while driving

Physical changes can also afford clues, but they might not be apparent, depending on what substance they could be using. Some physical changes to look for are:

  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Lack of self-care and a deterioration in physical appearance
  • Unusual breath or body odor
  • Tremors
  • Slurred speech
  • A lack of coordination

Finally, social changes can also give an indication that there is something to be concerned about. If you notice someone you know in college exhibiting these patterns, they may need help:

  • Acting withdrawn
  • Hanging out with new people at new places
  • Having legal issues
  • Having financial issues and always asking for money
  • Having problems maintaining relationships

College Students and Substance Abuse

There are many things that contribute to drug and alcohol abuse in college students. The three largest factors are:

  • Non-stop parties
  • Students using drugs to help them study
  • Using drugs or alcohol to help them cope with stress

How to Find Help for a College Student with a Substance Use Disorder

Dealing with a substance abuse problem isn’t simple and it can be problematic for college students. Many college students have gradually escalated their use and, quite often, they don’t believe that they have a problem.

Other college students worry about the ramifications of reaching out for help. They can be frightened of what their peers may say or what their families might think of them. There is also the concern that going to a rehab facility would cause them to lose their freedom and put their schooling on hold.

If you think you might be having substance abuse issues, the first step you can take is to just talk to a school counselor. They can help you explore your options so you can find a solution that works for your situation. Your counselor may recommend an outpatient program that allows you to continue to focus on your studies while getting sober. All treatment programs provide discretion, so you can open up to your friends and family members when you are ready.

How By The Sea Recovery Can Help

There are many options when it comes to finding treatment for substance use disorders in college students, and By The Sea Recovery in San Diego is a great option.

By The Sea Recovery is a men’s sober living facility located in San Diego, CA. Our recovery plan is designed to help college students and professionals get sober while continuing to go to school and work. Our facility was created for people that can’t put their lives on hold while recovering from substance abuse.

Our facility also has affiliations with drug treatment programs. These affiliations will allow those suffering from addictions that will require detoxifications to get the medical attention they need, all while living at our facilities.

If you or someone you know will require a medical detox, they can expect a thorough examination to start with. They assess each person’s mental and physical health to determine the underlying cause of their addiction. Then we apply science-based treatment, that may include a combination of DBT, CBT, trauma-focused and alternative therapies to help our residents achieve overall wellness.

Our residence at By The Sea Recovery is in an upscale setting. The home is located close to the ocean in a quiet neighborhood. Residents are within walking distance to nearby stores, the beach, and local meetings, such as A.A. and N.A.

At By The Sea Recovery, our staff has extensive experience in treating a variety of dependence issues. The staff and residents all promote a supportive environment that fosters support for everyone’s sobriety journey. There are weekly and monthly community events and adventures offered, to help ensure your recovery becomes an enjoyable process. We also provide vocation and college support throughout recovery.

It is often difficult for college students to maintain sobriety after getting out of a residential addiction treatment facility. Once people return to college life (and living with students who are not "in recovery"), it can be difficult to avoid old friends who invite them to the parties they should avoid. Returning to residence life in college often means dealing with the same stressors that caused you to use them in the first place.

The staff at By The Sea Recovery provides ongoing support that encourages you to stay sober after completing another treatment program. Our aftercare services include online meetings and in-person events that give you the strength you need to resist relapsing.

If you or a loved one is dealing with drug addiction or alcohol abuse, please reach out to By The Sea Recovery today. We will give you the tools you need to find recovery while pursuing your professional goals.


Some Reasons to Choose By The Sea Recovery

  • Experienced Professionals
    By the Sea Recovery has live-in management to ensure our environment remains safe and secure for our residents. We all work a program of long-term recovery to promote an environment of positive reinforcement through action.
  • Premium Amenities
    From computer station to comfortable bedding and furniture, let an ambience of peace support the transition towards sobriety
  • Location
    With over 100’s of support groups a week, North County San Diego provides on of the country’s top recovery communities with opportunities ranging from entry level jobs and multiple Educational Institutions to Recreational and Leisure Activities
  • Credentialed
    Members of the Society for Addiction Recovery Residences,  the California Consortium of Addiction Professionals, and San Diego Society of Addiction Professionals, By The Sea Recovery goes beyond the standards of San Diego recovery home requirements to set a benchmark in sober living environments and quality of care.
  • Safety
    Supervised. Drug testing. Peer oriented and client centered. We made sure safety and cleanliness were a foundation for recovery to attend every client’s healing, journey and blossoming.
  • Shaped by our Clients
    Don’t take our word for it. Let our clients, family and loved ones communicate the impact of our recovery homes in their lives.
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June 23, 2021

I am the mother of a 32 year old man who has realized great success with his sobriety , living in a By The Sea Recovery house. The support system there has been remarkable. We are so grateful that our son knows he's not unique to this disease. And we know that upon his re-entry in to his community at large he'll have tools learned at By The Sea that are lasting. We are grateful beyond words for the support he has received while @ By The Sea. The management is outstanding. I cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful agency. Thank you By The Sea.

September 24, 2020

My name is Eduardo and I had the opportunity to received the support and reside in By The Sea Recovery for 5 months. I have only words of gratitude and can’t speak highly enough of my experience in the house. I would be always grateful to Mark and Amy for the respect and endless support not only while in the house but through out my recovery. House is clean and very well kept by Delroy while treating you with respect and like an adult. Highly recommended

October 24, 2019

I researched a number of sober living facilities in the area and found that "By The Sea Recovery" was absolutely the best. Mark Gladden is the owner and CEO of the facility and he runs a great program. He communicates very well and tells it like it is with no B.S. He is honest, fair and compassionate. He genuinely cares about the residents and does whatever he can to help ensure success. Debbie is the house manager and she is amazing. She runs a tight ship but also builds comarady among the residents. She knows when residents need privacy but also recognizes when someone is struggling and needs to talk. She is a great cook and her Chili Colorado is out of this world. I highly recommend "By The Sea Recovery" to anyone looking for a sober living facility.

July 5, 2019

I own a Women's Sober Living Home next to Present Moments. One of my residents went there for out-patient and spoke very highly of their program. She would come home at night, excited about everything she learned. She said this was the first time she was able process her feelings in a group. She spoke very highly of the counselors their and was a changed women when she was finished. I appreciate the quality of treatment that Present Moment Recovery has to offer and will continue to refer my residents to them. From a friendly neighbor, Sober Living Today, LLC

November 4, 2018

We highly recommend Mark and his facility. We have dealt with a number of different sober living facilities over the years. This one is by far the most professional and helpful.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. Thank you!

October 30, 2017

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!! James has attended other treatment facilities and sober living homes and liked this one the best. I was able to visit him here and was very impressed by their organization and structure. Very friendly staff and a great living facility. We highly recommend! Thank You Recovery By The Sea

December 31, 2016

Mark is a professional. His knowledge of addiction and rehabilitation as well as timely information on health insurance issues, sober living and recovery for both the addict and their family is invaluable. He is the expert one needs! Leslie Wilson Orinda, CA

June 26, 2015

I came in to By the Sea Recovery on January 17th of 2015. I came in as a resident to a loving and inspiring environment. The love that I experienced when I walked through the doors are above and beyond just any sober living. This is not your average sober living. This is a family and band of brothers who help each other every day in every aspect of life that goes beyond just recovery. The culture of the home can't really be put into words other than love and respect. 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. If you are looking for an inspiring and aesthetic environment where lives are transformed and families reunited through love and integrity then By the Sea is the place for you or your loved one. God bless.

May 1, 2013
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