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Kaizen House Recovery


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Kaizen House Recovery is an all-male sober living home located in Santee, California. Since this east San Diego County facility was founded in 2013 by Mike Jordan, it has been helping men remain sober with affordable and comfortable accommodations.

Accommodations and Amenities

Kaizen is a five-bedroom home; four bedrooms have two beds each, and a larger master bedroom has three, accommodating 11 men total (including the resident manager). Clients share three bathrooms and are required to keep all rooms clean and tidy.  Each room is furnished with a new bed, clean linens and individual nightstands. Closets are shared.

The house has a communal computer workstation and Wi-Fi is available throughout the home. There is a kidney-shaped pool in the backyard, with laundry on-site and ample street parking nearby.

The house manager is available if clients need help. Although clients are responsible for providing their own food, they cook and eat together regularly.

Rules and Regulations

All potential clients are screened by both the house manager and all current residents before being allowed to live at Kaizen. The screening process is designed to make sure clients are committed to recovery and creating an active and healthy life for themselves.

Kaizen requires clients to attend 12-step meetings and be actively working the steps with a sponsor they must find within the first two weeks of residence. If a client is not employed, Kaizen requires them to attend six AA meetings per week for the initial 90 days and four meetings per week thereafter, and clients must turn in meeting verification sheets. There is a house meeting each Tuesday night when residents read together out of the Big Book and discuss recovery. Friends and family are welcome at these meetings.

Additionally, there is a house meeting once a week to discuss peer issues, chores and anything that needs fixing in the house. All residents are required to help with the upkeep of the house and with regular household chores.

The curfew is 11 pm on weeknights and 1 am on the weekends. Residents are not permitted to have overnight guests and overnight passes are only permitted after 30 days.

Clients are required to be active during the week and working steadily, enrolled in school or attending an outpatient program. If the client is not in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), they are required to be employed or enrolled in school within the first 30 days of living at the house.

Although Kaizen does not offer resume help, they do refer clients to local businesses for work opportunities and assist clients with applying for jobs online.

Kaizen requires a minimum three-month residency. The house conducts random alcohol and drug screenings and has a zero tolerance policy for anyone who tests positive. The house also encourages good personal hygiene habits and respect for other residents.


In addition to the terrific location near San Diego’s famous beaches, Kaizen occasionally hosts barbeques and off-site outings are often arranged for clients, such as attending local baseball games.

In Summary

Kaizen is a good choice for clients looking for an affordable sober living house in east San Diego County. Clients who are comfortable with an independent lifestyle and don’t require a high level of supervision will find Kaizen to be a comfortable fit. Also, the house’s strong focus on AA is best suited for clients who embrace the 12 steps.

Kaizen House
8946 Singing Wood Way
Santee, CA 92071

Kaizen House Recovery: $600 (30 days). Reach Kaizen House Recovery at (619) 592-3558 and email them at mj@kaizenhouserecovery.com Find Kaizen House Recovery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

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