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Sober Living Is Ideal After Rehab

After leaving rehab, many people don’t know what to do with themselves. While they’re sober and have been given some coping skills, many people return home. The problem with returning to the home environment is that many of the same dynamics that fostered drug and alcohol problems to begin with will still be present. There’s a reason why relapse rates are so high after people get out of rehab.

However, there is a better way. Sober living homes offer a transition to the “real world” after rehab. Many recovering addicts need an extra step between rehab and everyday life. There are many reasons why you should choose a sober living home after rehab. The longer you stay sober, the more likely you will be able to stay in recovery and sober living homes can help.

Making Sober Friendships

People who struggle with addiction often struggle with the relationships in their life. When they go away to rehab and undergo changes, some of those relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners is strained. All parties may be working on rebuilding their trust. It can be lonely for the recovering person, because the others don’t know or understand what you’re going through and how to help you in your sobriety.

After rehab, many people experience loneliness, because many of the friends who will want to spend time with them were the ones that encouraged the drug and alcohol use to begin with. At a sober living house, residents are surrounded with people who know what you’re going through and are also working to help keep you sober. The friendships formed at sober living homes can last for a lifetime.

Sober Living Allows You to Practice New Behaviors Learned in Rehab

While rehab can give you great coping mechanisms, often, returning home is so overwhelming and distracting, that many people  relapse. Sober living facilities allow you the time to practice the life and stress-management skills that you learned in rehab in an environment where there’s more support than you would get at home. You will find that there are less toxicity, temptations, and distractions when you are surrounded by others who are invested in their recovery.

At sober living facilities, you can return to work or school and practice your skills while transitioning back into society. With more freedoms than rehab, at By The Sea Recovery, we also have the support to help you adapt to changes and unpleasant situations without returning to drugs or alcohol.

We have many connections to help you find a job or return to school. This step is the most important. Going back to work and school can allow you to transition from rehab to everyday life while still keeping you out of an environment full of things that may trigger your addictions.

Structured Living in a Sober Environment

While using, substance addicted individuals often focused more on feeding their addiction than anything. Once they’re sober, many people struggle with “everyday tasks.” Routine behaviors like taking good care of yourself, maintaining a routine, and feeding yourself healthy foods are things that many people in recovery struggle with.

Sober living programs offer a structured environment to help you in your recovery. We will help you learn necessary life skills, such as keeping a house clean, creating and following a budget, and healthy cooking. Most rehabs focus on becoming sober, but in our San Diego sober living, we have programs that focus on how to keep you sober.

At sober living facilities, residents are required to:

  • Work and/or attend school
  • Participate in a program of recovery (often, 12-Step meetings)
  • Perform tasks or chores to keep the house in good condition
  • Keep their rooms neat
  • Maintain good personal hygiene

Believe it or not, these small daily victories can lead to the big win of successful long-term sobriety.

Access to Support Staff and Recovery Services

At By The Sea Recovery, we are part of Southern California’s top rehab continuum (Present Moments Recovery). You will have access to our team of therapists. Our staff and programs allow you to apply all of their accumulated expertise so that you learn to enjoy sobriety.

A Safe Place To Continue Recovery

Even after thirty days in rehab, a lot of the emotions that can crop up in recovery are still 'yet to come,' and will reveal themselves when you return to 'real life' pursuits (like your academic or professional career). Many substance-addicted individuals used their drug of choice to keep themselves from feeling or dealing with uncomfortable emotions and life situations.

Now that you’re not using your drug of choice, it can be tough to manage the feelings that crop up. We have the experienced staff and a positive recovery environment that can help you on your path to recovery. The experiences and lessons you learn in your sober living facility will have you ready for real-world distractions once you leave.

Living A Sober Lifestyle

One of the things recovering people can struggle with is how to spend their free time. Before recovery, that time was usually spent with your drug of choice. At our sober living facilities in San Diego, there are many options offered. You can renew your connection with nature. The nearby beaches offer great waves to surf, year-round good weather, and regular activities offered to help you learn to enjoy your free time without your drug of choice.

At By the Sea Recovery, there are numerous hiking trails, parks, and meditation gardens just minutes from the house. These offerings are not intended to just be hobbies, but are also tools that will help you boost your serotonin levels, reduce your anxiety, and enhance your self-discipline.

Sobriety is Crucial so Get the Support of a Sober Living House

Living in early sobriety can be a challenge. There’s a reason why up to 60% of people in recovery experience a relapse. However, a sober living home can help with many of the issues that can cause someone to relapse. Between the sober friendships, being able to practice the skills learned in rehab, staying in a structured living environment, having greater access to support services, having a safe place to continue your recovery, and a chance to live a sober lifestyle, the likelihood of relapse reduces significantly.

When it’s time to leave our facilities, you will be much better prepared to live sober in a world full of distractions and triggers, and even enjoy the experience.

Some Reasons to Choose By The Sea Recovery

  • Experienced Professionals
    By the Sea Recovery has live-in management to insure 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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