I want to live.
I often wonder what the original founders of Sober Living by the Sea were thinking when they started Sober Living by the Sea.
I can only guess, but I have been working there since June 2004 and I believe now I know the answer.
Being in recovery myself and working in the field this long I understand that many people come into detox and primary programs really not knowing if they want to live or die (let alone get clean and sober). Many of the younger people come in and they know they want to live but not necessarily get clean and sober (and stay that way).
The original founders must have been thinking, “we will pick a location in Newport Beach, and supply recovering people with food, beach cruisers, therapists, case managers, and doctors. We will be the most gracious hosts we can be in a thriving 12 step community.We will make life simple and try and show them how great it can be to live life sober.”
If people came to this treatment center they could easily stay and make a living in the area. Most importantly, we have made the lifestyle attractive enough to keep the wandering attention of the recovering individual so that they will stay long enough to build a solid foundation(1 year for many). If they choose, they can go back home (or anywhere else in the world) and stay clean and sober.
People do not get addicted in one day or one month and they will not build a foundation for recovery in that time frame either. It takes time. Patience is a virtue that not to many addicts and alcoholics possess, so many will need to be enticed to get invested in the process.
By picking the perfect location and combining it with the latest cutting edge therapeutic processes, people are able to work or go to school go to meetings on the beach year round and develop a routine.
There is so much to be attracted to here. The ocean, the sunsets, LA , Hollywood, San Diego, the mountains, etc. Within a two mile radius you have from Pacific Coast Highway to the Wedge, you have Balboa Island, the Peninsula, Cannery Village, coffee shops, great resturants, exclusive shopping, hair and nails salons plenty of job opportunities.
In Orange county alone there are over 1500 12-step based recovery meetings weekly. There are frequent round ups, conventions, dances, cook outs, and some of the strongest sponsorship in the country.
Several programs around the country have built exclusive resort style treatment facilities. Though addicts and alcoholics, clients understand that this resort style living is temporary and will resemble their home life very little when they go home. Clients at Sober Living by the Sea can stay with us for 1 year for the same price as other treatment centers charge for 1 or 2 months and the entire treatment process happens in a realistic setting.
Sober Living by the Sea was started for 3 reasons,
1. to have people say “I want to live.”
2. to have people say “I want to live happy.”
3. to have people say “I know it is possible.”
They just did it.
– Kelly K