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Carlsbad CaliforniaFirst Step Sober Living Review

With located in La Costa and Carlsbad, two beach communities in San Diego, California, First Step Sober Living provides safe and structured homes for men in early recovery. The organization is also in the process of opening a sober living home for women in Solana Beach. First Step Sober Living believes in the value of the 12 steps, and residents must find a sponsor, work the steps and attend meetings in the local community.

Accommodations and Amenities

First Step has a 14-bed capacity, with seven clients housed in a large, beige stucco Mediterranean-style house in La Costa, and seven men lodged inside a grey-blue ranch style house with white trim in Carlsbad. At La Costa, residents are typically paired in spacious rooms, which include full-sized beds topped with decorative comforters, a nightstand, lamp, windows and dressers. At Carlsbad, there are four men housed in a room, which includes bunk beds and dressers. The remaining three men reside in another room, which includes a bunk and twin beds.

Residents are responsible for their own groceries, and meals are prepared in fully equipped kitchens. First Step also offers residents the option of purchasing freshly prepared meals from an outside catering service. Amenities include Wi-Fi, Cable TV, laundry facilities, convenient parking, HD media rooms, weekly maid service, gym membership, and a landline with unlimited local and long distance calling. House managers live on the premises.

Rules and Regulations

Potential clients must complete a phone interview, followed by an in-person assessment with staff to ensure that First Step Sober Living is the right match. At First Step Sober Living, residents are taught that working, attending outpatient treatment, going to school or volunteering helps them maintain their recovery, and teaches accountability and independence. Gainful employment has the additional benefit of allowing clients to be able to stand on their own two feet financially.

First Step is keen on the 12-steps, and clients participate in daily morning meditation, attend a minimum of three 12-step meetings per week, read their Big Books and other recovery literature on a daily basis and actively maintain a relationship with a sponsor. They are expected to work their steps, and incorporate the principles of AA/NA into their lives. Residents looking for an alternative approach are allowed to attend Refuge Recovery meetings, as well. Besides attending meetings off the premises, residents are expected to be at the weekly house meeting.

Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. At First Step, residents who relapse must leave the premises immediately to ensure the safety of the entire household. Also, residents are not allowed to bring any guests who are under the influence to the house. Intimate relationships between residents are strictly forbidden. The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and one am on Fridays and Saturdays. Guests must leave by 10 pm seven days a week.


Services, provided at additional cost, include counseling, massage and sober life coaching.

First Step Sober Living is a member of the San Diego Sober Living Coalition, which stresses high quality from its affiliates.

In Summary

For clients looking to incorporate a 12-step program into their recovery, and who want to live in a great seaside community in Southern California, First Step Sober Living is the perfect match. This is a very stress free, recovery oriented sober living, and former residents claim that staying at First Step really helped change their lives.

First Step Sober Living Location

First Step Sober Living
2836 Unicornio St
Carlsbad, CA 92009

First Step Sober Living Cost

$1,100 (30 days). Reach First Step Sober Living at (858) 342-9151 or by email. Find First Step Sober Living at Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

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