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Working in Sober Living

Working in Sober Living In my early days of working in sober living, I anticipated the glamour of “saving lives”. Young men would enter, and I imagined I would aid in transforming their life by the end of their stay. This illusion, however, was soon smashed when I... read more

CrossFit and Addiction Recovery

Striving to Change Addiction Recovery Surfside is continually expanding the services we offer our residents in an effort to provide the most comprehensive extended care sober living, focusing on options that will allow men to experience life at its fullest. Over the... read more

NJ Department of Community Affairs – Sober Living

New Jersey DCA Sober Living Regs Department of Community Affairs Sober Living Regulations There is some concern/confusion within the State of New Jersey that Sober Living homes pose certain safety risks related to fire suppression and other potential hazards.  At this... read more

What is Sober Living?

What is Sober Living and are There Benefits? We may hear people discuss “sober living,” but it’s critical that we understand benefits of utilizing this essential recovery resource.  The reality is that sober living can be incredibly beneficial to recovering alcoholics... read more

The Courage to Change

The Real Deal on Change  By Josh Glawe, L.C.S.W Personally and professionally, I have put tremendous time and thought into helping those who successfully make a lasting change in their lives. I often hear of people who have sought help to make one change or another,... read more

If 28 days in Addiction Treatment Doesn’t Seem to Work

Re-thinking the Landscape of Addiction Treatment.  The Analogy of Addiction Treatment: Addiction treatment is not always treatment.  Common definitions of treatment include “medical care given to a patient for an illness or injury,” “a session of medical care,” or... read more

Step 2 – The missing link in sober living in New Jersey

Imagine asking a 14 year old to shop for and cook Thanksgiving dinner completely by himself/herself. I can assume that somewhere between selecting recipes, trying to figure out how to physically get to the grocery store and making grandma’s homemade stuffing, they may... read more

Steps Don’t Work

The Steps Don’t work, we use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Wait, WHAT??!!!?! I recently spoke to a few treatment centers and therapists who have made bold statements like, “The 12 steps don’t work, but have you considered using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy... read more

Cell Phones: The downfall of 12-step recovery

I often wonder what 12-step recovery would be like if during the start, Bill Wilson had an iPhone. With addiction rampant in younger generations, treatment centers pushing folks to 12-step recovery like never before and the recovery statistics not changing; is the... read more

Fostering Motivation in Structured Sober Living

Structured Sober Living: Programming to Foster Motivation At Surfside Structured Sober Living, people often hear about our services and immediately ask how we differ from the typical halfway house, sober house or Oxford house.  When people hear the world “structured,”... read more

12-Step Recovery and Prayer is Evidence Based Practice

Scientists Examine Brain Images of Alcoholics in Recovery Using Prayer to Reduce Cravings Often addiction treatment providers boast their use of “evidence-based treatment,” which often emphasizes the use of a 12-step recovery model of addiction recovery.  And while... read more

Cost of Addiction Treatment

Know the potential cost of addiction treatment The professionals at Surfside Structured Sober Living recognize that addiction is an illness that impacts the addict and their loved ones mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially; the cost of... read more

The “Addiction Treatment” Scam Pt. 3

Quality Addiction Treatment is available! So now we get down to the looming question in this article: What exactly does someone who knows nothing need to know?  The treatment world has many options for addicts and alcoholics in need of help.  For every shady... read more

The “Addiction Treatment Scam” pt. 2

A Birdseye view from some providers regarding the problem in Addiction Treatment. While scrolling through Facebook, I recently saw one of my acquaintances post a heated status.  Anthony Curci, owner of Philadelphia sober living, wrote “For the past few months, I have... read more

The “Addiction Treatment” Scam pt. 1

Addiction Treatment is not always “treatment” The addiction crisis worsens with no end in sight.  As drug companies continue to release new medications, addicts continue to find new ways to abuse them.  Alcohol is still one of the most deadly substances... read more

Jersey Shore Sober Living: Recovery is Close to Home

Jersey Shore Sober Living offers recovery close to home. The media’s frequent coverage of the heroin crisis sweeping the Jersey Shore touches on the horrors of substance abuse, but often overlooks an immense recovery network housed in New Jersey, ranging from... read more

The Recovery House: A Useful Tool for Sober Living

What is a Recovery House? The terms “Recovery House,” “Sober Living” or “Sober House” are often used interchangeably, and while there can be a number of variations in the way the houses operate, they are undoubtedly a useful tool in early recovery.  For many folks in... read more

New Jersey Sober House

New Jersey Sober House – A Safe Living Environment in a State Riddled with Substance Abuse At Surfside Structured Sober Living, we are constantly referencing statistics, particularly because statistics from national organizations give us the ability to... read more

The Facebook Obituaries

Ian Koch MS LCADC CAS, founder of Surfside Structured Sober Living, recently wrote a heartfelt article for SoberNation, “I’m Sick of Reading Obituaries on Facebook.”  One of the greatest tragedies of drug overdose deaths in America is that they occur so frequently, we... read more

How can Structured Sober Living Help?

Overdose Now Deadlier than Traffic Accidents: How Structured Sober Living Can Help At Surfside Structured Sober Living, we take the addiction epidemic seriously and are thrilled to work alongside activists, passionate about reducing overdose deaths and ending stigma... read more