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One Day At a Time


San Diego CaliforniaThe Basics

Founded in 1999 in San Diego, California, One Day At a Time is a community of transitional living homes providing safe and secure housing for men and women in recovery. Out of more than 100 sober living houses in San Diego County, One Day At a Time is one of only five that is certified by the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR).

Accommodations and Amenities

One Day At a Time has a 96-bed capacity, including on-site house managers. This sober living facility is comprised of three eight-unit apartment buildings and includes landscaped yards. Each gender-specific furnished unit has two bedrooms, a common area, kitchen and one bathroom. Clients are paired in double-occupancy rooms furnished with twin beds, and each residence has four clients. Clients are not allowed to bring any private furnishings, except for one shared television, which must be in the bedroom. Televisions and audio equipment are not allowed in the living room.  Amenities include Cable TV, phones with local calling, laundry facilities, Barbeque and all utilities included.

At One Day At a Time, residents are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Besides groceries, clients must provide their own light bulbs, personal hygiene items, bedding and cleaning supplies. Clients with bicycles must use outdoor racks, but off street parking is available for cars. Cars and other vehicles cannot be washed on the premises. One Day At a Time is within walking distance of 12-step meetings, public transportation, the 99 cent store, supermarkets and the Metro Job Center which features a plethora of job postings. Smoking is not permitted inside the residences. Pets are also not allowed, and clients cannot feed stray animals that might wander onto the premises.

Rules and Regulations

Potential clients must have a minimum of 30 days of being clean and sober, as well as have completed primary care at a drug rehab. Some residents are referred to One Day At a Time from local courts and government agencies. One Day At a Time also works with the AB 109 program, as well as Proposition 36, which provide housing, in lieu of imprisonment, for criminal justice clients. There is no maximum length of stay at One Day At a Time. Some residents have lived there between three and nine years.

Requirements include performance of household chores, active participation in a 12-step recovery program and maintenance of a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. One Day At a Time, residents are subject to random drug and alcohol testing. This facility practices a zero tolerance policy. Clients who have tested positively on a screening, or those who are suspected under the influence are immediately evicted. Additionally, some prescription medications, including benzodiazepines are forbidden. There is no set curfew but residents must be respectful of their roommates and the other clients residing at the facility.


Clients receive a reduced rate at the local YMCA, which includes a heated pool, basketball, racket ball and exercise equipment. One Day At a Time is a member of the San Diego Sober Living Coalition.

In Summary

One Day At a Time has a reputation in San Diego as being a well-run facility. While they might appear to be more loosely structured than other sober livings, the staff provide strict oversight and is firm in making sure that the facility is safe and secure for all of their clients.

One Day At a Time
4110-4126 36th Street
San Diego, CA 92104

One Day At a Time Cost: $450-$650 (30 days). Reach One Day At a Time by phone at (619) 379-9049 or by email at [email protected]

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