Carl and Barbara Mosen founded Sober Living by the Sea in 1986, though the pair sold their business in 2006 to the CRC Health Group. Sober Living now operates a number of rehabs and sober living homes for those who want to get sober by the sea (mostly in Newport Beach).
Accommodations and Food
Stays at Sober Living differ depending on gender. Their locations include The Landing, a ten-bed facility for men; The Rose and the Victorian, both six-bed facilities for women; there’s also Sunrise Recovery Ranch, a 30-bed co-ed center. The low bed count of each facility ensures favorable staff-to-client ratios (with Sunrise the only moderate exception).
The men’s facility, The Landing, has comfortable accommodations with interior design that is distinctly Orange County. Though everyone gets a roommate, food is prepared by gourmet chefs and designed specifically for brain health, so lots of fish and vegetables are included. The center is directly on the sand.
Women’s facilities are split between The Rose for drug and alcohol addicts and The Victorian for eating disorders. The housing situation is similar to The Landing. Both have on-site chefs as well, who are also focused on mental and bodily health.
Sunrise Recovery Ranch is exactly what the name implies, a sprawling ranch with scenic mountain views and lots of peace and quiet. There is an outdoor patio, barn and swimming pool. The co-ed six-bedroom house gets lots of natural light and clients eat family style. Food is prepared by an chef with international experience so they can expect variety and great flavor.
Treatment at The Landing includes off-site 12-step meetings, daily counseling sessions and trauma therapy once a week (or more when needed).
Clients at The Rose and The Victorian can expect weekly treatment schedules again including daily one-on-ones, off-site 12-step meetings (including Pills Anonymous and eating-related groups when necessary) and various process groups focused on codependency, trauma and relapse prevention.
Sunrise Recovery Ranch offers an on-site detox that the others don’t. While it serves both men and women, daily programs are separate though basically equal: both have 6:30 am wake-up with chores, breakfast, yoga and meditation. During the day, both groups go to off-site AA meetings and process groups, though these differ for men and women—men’s groups are apparently more structured and focus on conflict resolution and anger management, while women’s groups seem to be more exploratory, and include working through issues like self-esteem, guilt and shame. Both programs offer faith-based tracks, family therapy and individual counseling.
All programs are 30 days (except the Victorian, which is 60), though Sober Living recommends a longer 90-day cycle for recovering addicts through their many sober living and halfway homes in and around Newport Beach.
Because it’s in Southern California perhaps, Sober Living has an “East meets West” approach where residents participate in alternative therapies like yoga, Kung-Fu and Tai Chi. Recreational activities are plentiful as well, with daily gym trips and activities like swimming, hiking, kayaking and surfing (though incidental costs are extra). Some downtime is fixed into the schedule as well, and Internet use is allowed, though monitored.
The Rose also offers Pilates and chiropractic sessions thrice weekly, as well as a weekly Starbucks trip fixed into the schedule.
The pluses for Sober Living are that they are accredited by many different regulatory bodies, have a wide variety of treatment and recreational options and offer a great deal of one-on-one therapy. They should also be commended for their gender specific programs and on-the-sand setting. Ultimately, the location, food and recreation are sure to satisfy.
Sober Living by the Sea Locations
4711 Seashore Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92663
6100 Seashore Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Sunrise Recovery Ranch
6690 Limonite Frontage Road
Riverside, CA 92509
Sober Living by the Sea Cost
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