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The Mission of Surfside Structured Sober Living:soberlivingnjocean1

Surfside Structured Sober Living will disrupt the cycle of addiction for 18-35yo men. Surfside is a long term extended care sober living in Ventnor City, NJ. We provide a structured sober living environment as our residents transition from addiction treatment through recovery into a new life of independence. Rooted in the 12 steps, we use an array of tools and activities to help these men rebuild, rediscover and recover.

Our Objective:

Surfside Structured Sober Living will teach our residents life-changing principles of honesty, accountability and action. We use measurable goals in our life development program, extensive 12-step immersion and an array of action sports and adventure-based activities.

How Surfside Structured Sober Living is different:

Founded in February of 2016, Surfside Structured Sober Living is a 501c(3) Non-Profit. At Surfside, we provide an intimate and fully comprehensive structured sober living environment unlike any other in the state. We are a recovery program for men, driven by men in recovery.

Our small community allows men to form close bonds with one another. This small group also creates an opportunity for these men to become accountable while taking part in a life changing process of the 12-steps. Our homes have plenty of living space, are kept clean and consistently being cared for. The main house is 20 yards from the bay, which offers great fishing and excellent paddle boarding. In the opposite direction, we are 3 blocks from the beach (about a 5 min walk) and the Atlantic Ocean. New for 2018, Surfside introduced “Camp Surfside”. This is our own 11.5 acre plot of woods 30min west of the ocean. This private and beautifully secluded area offers our residents year round camping with a full paintball and air-soft field. The Surfside comprehensive life development program will teach young men to become self-sufficient and dependable. We intentionally have a high resident to staff ratio to ensure that nobody slips through the cracks, nor do they feel left out or alone. Basically, at Surfside, getting clean and sober is so much more then just trying to not use drugs and alcohol. It is a complete overhaul in the way one thinks about and participates with the world around him. Surfside is where recovery becomes possible. 

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Ian Koch, MS, LCADC, CAS

Ian Koch, MS, LCADC, CAS

Executive Director

Ian Koch began working in the mental health field in 2003 at age 20.  While completely delusional and ignorant to some of his own issues, he got his start working with teens at a youth center while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work.  He had a strong desire to help others but was completely unable to help himself.  He had been in major trouble since age 12 and was even asked to leave Valley Forge Military Academy at age 14. He continued to appear in court rooms around the east coast and eventually got clean on March 7, 2005.  His desire to reach his hand out to others increased and he continued working with youth suffering from mental illness.  Around 2 years sober, Ian moved into the addiction field.  Ian obtained a Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health from Southern New Hampshire University and a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care from Saint Michael’s College.  He is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in multiple states and has received a National Certification as an Addiction Specialist from the American Academy of Health Care Providers. Over the past decade, Ian has worked in various aspects of addiction treatment, including intensive outpatient, residential, medication assisted treatment, detox and private practice.  He has also worked in sober living, provided interventions, run family programs and case management for clients.  His extensive knowledge and experience ignited the desire to create Surfside Structured Sober Living to provide a critical resource that the community lacks.  Ian is adamant that clinical resources are important, which is why Surfside utilizes these services in the community, but he believes the key to lasting recovery is participating in constructive action through a supportive and encouraging environment. More recently, in 2017 he received “An Appreciation for Outstanding Service” in 2017 at the Tuerk Conference and more recently the “Ashley Addiction Treatment Innovator Award” in 2019 at the NCAD East conference. When Ian is not helping others, he can be found spending time with his wife or with their dogs Wilma and Charlie, and you will most certainly find him kitesurfing at the beach or at Surfside’s newest addition Saltwater Athletics.
Dan Miranda, MS, LCADC

Dan Miranda, MS, LCADC

Program Director

Dan Miranda joined the Surfside Structured Sober Living team in the winter of 2017. He recently moved back to New Jersey after living in the south for about a decade. Dan has been working in the substance abuse field since 2009. He is a former United States Marine with a passion for fighting the domestic war against the opiate epidemic. He holds degrees in Psychology and Human Services along with additional seminary training for graduate school and has earned a Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies. Dan is a Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida and more recently became a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of New Jersey. His passion is working with those struggling with addiction and assisting them to find a new way of living. Dan has been counseling families and addicts on a private level for years and prides himself on helping families heal. Dan has worked at every level of care in treatment from detoxification all the way down to outpatient. He has been in an executive role and a program director at several facilities. Dan’s versatility and passion for  recovery are part of what makes Surfside so special. His role in our extended care structured sober living focuses on the life development component of our comprehensive program. Dan’s educational background and his personal recovery has placed him in a position to become a motivational speaker for over eight years and has worked with many men to aid them in the pursuit of living by spiritual principles. Dan even held the role of pastor and spearheaded a church that was focused on the recovery community in Florida during his time there. When he is not helping addicts, he is spending time with his wife and is very family focused.
Nick Geissler, MS, CFI

Nick Geissler, MS, CFI

Director of Recovery Coaching

Growing up Nick was active in sports and went to Western New England University to study History and play baseball. His dream was to play professional baseball but after having 2 surgeries on his shoulder, Nick, just like many other had his first introduction to opiates. With baseball out of the picture he started working towards helping shape the minds of youth. While working on his Master in Education he got a job, working at Bonnie Brae, a residential facility for adolescent boys.

Nick grew very interested in the mental health field and moved to a  job at Trinitas Regional Medical Center working in the child/adolescent/MICA PHP and IOP. While working there he shifted his educational focus to a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. During this time Nick’s addiction progressed from drinking to becoming heavily involved with prescription pills. Nick tried many different avenues to figure out what was wrong with him and how to fix his problem.

After attending 2 rehabs, ER visits, psych wards and individual counseling. Nick thought he had the world figured out but quickly realized his score card read zero. Nick finally decided to try something different and did not return home. He went to a Structured Sober Living in Southern New Jersey and stayed for a significant time. While there he got involved in the recovery community and with the guidance of staff started to rebuild his life.

Nick now works with Surfside Recovery Services Inc. as our Community Outreach Liaison and also helps out with Recovery Coaching when necessary. Nick has completed his Masters Degree in Mental Health counseling and was recently trained as a family interventionist. Nick is an instrumental member of the recovery community and can often be found helping some of the residents at Surfside. When he is not working you can find him relaxing on the beach, working out in the gym or spending time with his family and friends.

Jared Shedrofsky, MS

Jared Shedrofsky, MS

Assistant Program Director

Jared came to Surfside at 24, and was our 3rd resident in the program. His family was not willing to let him move back to New York with them and took a chance on Surfside during its infancy. He came to us late May of 2016 following another failed semester at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a degree which was started in 2009. Jared’s struggle with addiction started in high school, and brought him to new lows through this seven year period in Colorado. Ever since he was a kid he never was able to commit himself to much, having serious trouble initiating anything productive. The only thing that seemed to draw him into action were drugs and alcohol. At 26, Jared’s life is vastly different, through completing Surfside, working a recovery program and now helping others. Jared has now been a Surfside employee since November of 2016, and is a valuable member of the staff. Not only does he have his Bachelors degree in Psychology from CU Boulder, but in 2020 he obtained his Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His Psych background brings a unique approach to interacting with residents, with a strong belief in constructive criticism. Jared also received an opportunity for additional training and became a certified recovery coach. Jared is very active, playing arguably too much golf and actively CrossFitting. He also loves to ski and snowboard, and has previously worked on a ski mountain in Vermont. If Jared was not working at Surfside he claims he would be a dog breeder, although he wouldn’t sell any of the dogs. He hopes to bring a recovery dog into the Surfside family very soon.

Andrew Beatley, BS

Andrew Beatley, BS

Strategic Planning Coordinator

Andrew joined the Surfside team in January of 2019. Andrew hails from Southern Maryland, right outside of Washington DC. He has been an athlete for most of his life, even earning an opportunity to play baseball at Johns Hopkins University. Much like athletics, drinking and drugging captivated a big part of his life. Starting out as a “weekend warrior,” he eventually became a daily drinker and drug user. While in college, injuries forced Andrew to end his baseball career, and he spiraled into a deep depression. He withdrew from life, spending weeks at a time in complete isolation from the world. For many years, Andrew was completely hopeless and returned to the booze and drugs to cope. After college, Andrew worked in the non-profit sector and then in the financial world, but neither were able to curb his drinking and drug use. He began to live the double life- trying to make people believe he was doing better than he was. The double life eventually brought him to his knees, with nowhere to live, and no money. From this rock bottom, Andrew began his journey in recovery. He made it to a long term 90 day addiction treatment program and then completed another 7 months in extended care.

At Surfside, Andrew oversees any business development projects- including fundraising, data collection, digital marketing, and content creation. You may recognize his name from various Surfside articles and blogs. Although not in his job description, he enjoys coming by the Surfside houses and hanging out with the residents and offering assistance as needed. In his free time, Andrew loves Crossfit, the beach, reading and writing, and his favorite DC sports teams.

Alyssa Fountain, BA

Alyssa Fountain, BA

Director of Growth & Engagement

Alyssa was raised in a loving household in Morris County, NJ, where she was known for her contagious positive attitude.  She created a host of problems as soon as she started experimenting with drugs and alcohol, falling immediately into a cycle of lying, stealing and self-medicating.  Confused by her erratic behavior, Alyssa’s family attempted to connect her with the best resources available, which included doctors, therapists, and a private education.  Engulfed by the overwhelming consequences of her substance use, Alyssa was introduced to recovery at the ripe age of 18.  Her fear of a future without drugs and alcohol was nearly as crippling as her addiction, and she was fortunate to be surrounded by a supportive community that encouraged her to set meaningful goals.  She turned 21, graduated with honors from The College of New Jersey, got married, bought a home, learned to how to pay her bills… all without a mind or mood altering substance.
Alyssa was supportive of Surfside since our inception, but officially joined the organization in 2020.  Her 4+ years of business development experience provided a wealth of experience for this new role.  Her greatest goal is to help families see that regardless of one’s age, recovery is possible AND enjoyable.  As Director of Growth and Engagement, Alyssa focuses on educating communities about Surfside’s span of services (including Saltwater Athletics)!  She is spearheading a number of projects aimed at making our services more accessible to families that are struggling in silence.
Outside of work, Alyssa loves CrossFit, an intense eBay bidding war, meeting new dogs and a long, slow run.  Her happiest moments are those spent with her husband and the band Phish.
Thomas Burns, JD

Thomas Burns, JD

House Manager

Thomas  was born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, but spent summers and holidays on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  A good student, Thomas was active in musical theater and choir. For college, Thomas attended The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he studied international relations and geography. Thomas was also active in his fraternity, and that meant fraternity parties and mixers, which meant drinking. After college, Thomas attended the University of Virginia School of Law. For many of his peers, law school was an excuse to return to party antics of college. But for Thomas, is was an excuse to never leave it. Alcohol slowly became a constant companion in his life, and his studies suffered. After barely graduating law school, he moved back to Atlanta, where a DUI derailed his eligibility to take the bar exam.

Continuing to use alcohol to avoid his problems, Thomas bounced from job to job, eventually settling back in Washington, DC, and started a business as a real estate agent. But a change of location and a briefly successful real estate career were not enough to keep alcoholism at bay. Thomas attended a very well-regarded inpatient facility in an attempt to recover, but he did not follow through with his aftercare plan. When he found himself back at the rehab facility just a year later, he decided to choose a more intensive plan for aftercare: sober living. Coincidentally, his first roommate at rehab the year prior was still sober, and working for a place called “Surfside.” So Thomas called Ian and came to Surfside in April of 2019.
Surfside gave Thomas the tools, the time, and the support to complete the Twelve Steps of AA, take full accountability for his past actions, and put the shame and embarrassment of his past actions behind him. Now he works as a House Manager and Support Staff here at Surfside, where he enjoys helping residents work through the program and find new enjoyment in life.
Ryuta Amaike, BA

Ryuta Amaike, BA

Support Staff

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Ryuta moved to Whitehall, PA at 12 years old, where he developed a passion for sports, particularly baseball and wrestling.  He attended Bloomsburg University, and graduated as a member of the baseball team with a degree in Business Administration. In college, Ryuta’s drinking appeared to be under control, as he kept his partying and binge drinking to the weekends, and focused on school and athletics during the week.  After graduation, Ryuta started working in marketing and sales and found some success. However, his drug habit took on a more prevalent role in his life, and he became a daily drinker and drug user. Slowly but surely, he realized he needed help, and he attended his first rehab in 2018. But it did not stop there. He soon relapsed and found himself hopeless and homeless, completely incapable of accepting long term sobriety.  Along the way, he damaged relationships with his friends and family, with no end in sight. Eventually, he gave recovery one more shot, and in the process, found Surfside!

After 7 months of treatment and long term care, Ryuta found the discipline and structure he needed in his life.  He now faces his problems head on and accomplishes goals he sets for himself. As a support staff at Surfside, Ryuta is passionate about helping Surfside residents find enjoyment in life and experience everything that recovery has to offer.  Ryuta is also a certified CrossFit L-1 coach, coaching both our residents and the community at Saltwater Athletics, the CrossFit affiliate operated by our Surfside team!

James Russo

James Russo (or “Russo,” as we fondly call him) was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV with three sisters and a loving family. His experimenting with substances progressed quickly, and he was using opiates by 14. He was sent to a Wilderness Program at 17 in an effort to curtail his drug use and behavioral issues, then moved to upstate New York with an Aunt and Uncle in an attempt to move him far from his unhealthy lifestyle in Vegas. Like we often see, changing the environment worked for a brief period of time before he returned to using substances, battling with drugs and alcohol for the next 10 years.

Russo landed at Surfside at 28 years old with few options and, although he was not 100% committed to recovery yet, constantly harming his loved ones had him truly defeated and willing to try something different. Russo was the perfect example of someone who hadn’t completely bought into the Surfside program, but after a brief relapse he understood that if he embraced the program, he could experience the joy of living in recovery – he quickly pivoted and re-entered our program, now believing that the people around him only wanted him to flourish, grow and love himself. He embraced the 12-steps and got involved in CrossFit (one of the activities offered at Surfside), a hobby he’s truly passionate about. Russo’s kindness and humility make him a strong presence in our home and community, and we are grateful for his dedication to helping others.

Mike Stewart

Mike Stewart is a natural athlete who grew up in Montgomery, NJ with a loving, supportive family. He played a variety of sports throughout his life, which he slowly abandoned throughout high school as drugs became a priority. He started experimenting with substances in 9th grade, creating minor problems which became more significant as his substance use developed into a full-blown heroin addiction. His “party career” quickly became the priority, and he attended college for 6 years (1 year at Cabrini College, followed by 5 years at Bloomsburg University). Drugs ruled his life while in college, but his eventual expulsion from college due to poor attendance/grades helped his substance use spiral out of control. He was unable to maintain a job or save money, and his baffled family eventually asked him to move out of their home. He cycled through inpatient facilities, PHPs with housing, IOPs and struggled to commit to his recovery while in Surfside. Over the course of 4 years, the consequences piled up, relapses became more deadly and he consistently battled the belief that drugs were his only escape. After his last run, Mike decided to take a different approach.

Mike returned to Surfside with a new commitment to recovery and fully embraced the program, believing that it changed the lives of other men he knew along the way. He became invested in service and uses his humor to show others that a life in recovery can be wildly entertaining. He’s an incredible asset to our team, as he’s able to embrace guys who’ve walked a similar path and show them that sobriety is far less difficult than being trapped in the cycle of addiction. He’s a staple at the CrossFit gym and an awesome example of recovery.

Kevin Kittredge

Kevin grew up in Bergen County, NJ with loving parents, two younger sisters and a younger brother. Sports were always his passion, particularly ice hockey. He attended Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, VT with the intention of continuing his hockey career there. By this time, his drug and alcohol use had shifted from weekend partying to daily use of harder substances. He stopped playing sports and was constantly getting into trouble. He was able to graduate in 2012 with a BA in Business Administration, but his addiction to opiates progressively worsened. Over the next 7 years, Kevin cycled through inpatient treatment facilities, IOPs, sober houses and jails. When he arrived at Surfside in 2019, his life was in shambles and he’d damaged every meaningful relationship. Like so many others who’ve walked through our doors, being completely broken finally gave him the willingness to make a change. With Surfside’s program and the 12-steps, Kevin created a new sober life that he never thought possible. He loves seeing live music and it’s almost guaranteed that if he’s driving our residents around, they’re listening to a solid Phish show in the van. Sobriety allows him to enjoy a range of hobbies: snowboarding, hiking, basketball and more – he’s a prime example for our residents that life in recovery can be filled with good times and laughter.

Kevin Loalbo

Born in Union County, NJ, Kevin grew up in a loving, supportive family. Starting at a young age he played 3 sports year round: soccer, basketball and baseball. Kevin loved sports and found he thrived in a team atmosphere. A basketball injury introduced Kevin to painkillers his senior year in high school. He went on to study at Monmouth University and Montclair state University, not realizing the beast he’d awoken and his drug use became problematic early on. He began his professional career as a strength and conditioning coach and later moved to insurance sales. He found he could not keep a steady job due to his addiction. Many failed attempts at sobriety left him hopeless and homeless, 32 treatment centers later. Kevin knew he was working on borrowed time and something needed to change.

Kevin is a true asset to Surfside, as he understands the battle between wanting to change but falling into old habits. He’s able to welcome guys who may be on the fence about committing to a new way of life and uses his dry humor and North Jersey charm to warm people up. We can always count on him to ensure that the house knows the best recipes and local hidden gems for a great meal during parent’s weekend.

Bill Scott

Bill Scott is the man who fixes anything and everything at Surfside – from kitchen remodels, to leaks, to random wear-and-tear, he shows up and finds a solution. Bill learns quickly and as a kid, he excelled at anything he focused his energy on but always believed he was “never good enough.” He started dabbling with drugs and alcohol at 16 and when he entered an HVAC trade at 18, he learned a wealth of skills for his trade while also falling hard into addiction. When he entered his first rehab at 23, he wasn’t fully convinced that he had a problem, although he cycled through rehabs, psych wards, and outpatient programs over the following years. He was able to maintain 2 years of sobriety in his early 30’s, but struggled to do the deep, soul-searching work that is foundational to building a new life in recovery. During his last inpatient treatment, he committed to completing Surfside without worrying about chasing money and getting back to work, which was the barrier during so many of his previous treatment episodes.

Bill has been able to tap into the skills that he developed during the chaos of substance use. Constantly changing jobs and jumping from trade to trade during active addiction had a silver lining: he learned a variety of trades that make his home improvement work a breeze. He often recruits guys in the house for community service projects, teaching valuable skills to other men. His love of sports and fitness returned, and he’s an active CrossFitter and cyclist during his free time. He never complains about problem solving some of the challenges that come with maintaining a 100+ year old home on the bay, and his calm, positive attitude is genuinely contagious.

Ben Goldman
23:28 26 Dec 19
I am forever grateful for the people I have met at Surfside and for the program itself. I ran myself ragged in my alcoholism and addiction. I was able to achieve a lot while using, but I was wearing a number of masks while doing it. I would build up my life than tear it down in 1 day that 1 day would turn into weeks and months. I would rebuild my life again only to tear it down worse this time. The last time I decided to burn my life to the ground I made sure I was not aware I was doing it. I did everything I could to get away from the miserable person I became. I would go through prolonged periods of life not remembering any of it. Since I was prescribed medications at the age of 11 then narcotics at the age of 16. My life was over I did not care if I lived or died. After 13 months separated from prescriptions and alcohol I now pray for life instead of death. I hold every moment dear to my heart. I want to be a positive son, father, brother, friend, and person in society. I work extremely hard every single day to keep growing and over come this disease. It is a lifelong battle and if you can commit every 24 hour day to that you will see there’s no other way you would rather live. Thank you to all the Surfside staff and especially Brian, Ian, and Nick.
Jerry Schwartz
23:04 26 Dec 19
I have had the great pleasure of watching someone go through the program at Surfside. It was an amazing experience. Obviously the first and most important component was to take the necessary steps in the addiction process, which went extremely well. But the extra component is how it shaped Ben into this great guy. Great in believing himself, great in understanding the direction he is going, great in learning how to live his life and fulfilling his future. Ben's personal values have spiraled upward in understanding personal values, commitment to beliefs, and how his life should move forward. There might be a lot of addiction programs out there, but I can't imagine that any compare to Surfside. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone that is facing the challenges of addiction to visit Surfside and see the difference. And I want to thank Surfside for helping someone that I care so much about becoming the new Ben.
Nicholas Kitsos
15:32 13 Nov 19
Surfside has helped me immensely. Coming through this program helped me turned my life around and find the beauty in sobriety and life. I was able to discover new hobbies, make new friendships, and build a network of people that truly care about my well-being. Before this program, I had a hard time getting into AA, but the way they taught it to me and guided me through the program changed my entire perception of it. I had been to about 4 different rehabs and programs and was never able to stay sober. When I got here the staff was able to connect with me and had an interesting program in place that helped me learn to cook, be accountable for my actions, get involved in AA, find a sense of spirituality, and get in the best shape of my life. The location is perfect (right by the beach) and I went on some really fun camping and surfing trips. My entire family is grateful for this program and the positive changes they have seen in me because of it . Thank you Ian, Dan, Jared, Scott and all who helped me.
jack kephart
02:48 13 Nov 19
Before coming to Surfside, I never thought I would ever be able to stay sober for an extended amount of time nor did I really even want to. The Surfside staff and community stands out from other programs I have been to because they showed me that life was fun and worth living without drugs and alcohol. I thought that by being sober, I was giving up on all the fun things people in their 20’s were “supposed” to be doing, but this program really gives you an extended amount of time to work on yourself through the 12 steps and discover new hobbies to replace the unhealthy old ones. This program works if you work it and it saved my life, and I credit the life I have built today and my sobriety to this phenomenal program. If you are serious about getting sober, this is the BEST place to do it hands down!
Patti Anne McAndrews
17:33 29 Oct 19
Ian Koch has an amazing treatment program. I’ve been in the field for over 30 years and rarely do I come across a specialized program that offers such comprehensive care. Ian also has created a community of support that will last these young man forever. We have seen great success with Surfside Treatment Center. Adolescent & Young Adult Advocates looks forward to ongoing opportunities to utilizing the support of our colleagues at the beach. Thank you for your passion and care.
Margaret scheinert
15:50 21 Oct 19
My son had tried many methods/treatment approaches in his attempt to get sober. Nothing worked for any extended period of time until Surfside Structured Sober Living. I believe their phase method of dealing with the whole person - sobriety, accountability, money management, therapy, group culpability, employment, physical health, etc. - saved my son's life. Ian and his staff were a Godsend to us all. If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction, just make the call! I am eternally grateful for the care my son received and for this wonderful network of support he now has. Thank you to Ian and his entire staff!
margo schreiber
20:56 03 Oct 19
After numerous 28-day in-patient and outpatient programs and serious overdoses Surfside showed up exactly when my son was ready and willing to receive help. Their program is long term. My son initiated inquiries into Surfside’s program after hearing several young men speak at the rehab facility where my son was attending. He loved the emphasis on physical activities. He was taught how to enjoy life without the need for substances. He got physically healthy; he learned independent daily living skills. He received a sponsor and now is learning to give back by being a sponsor to another young man! After 8 months my son felt prepared for his next life’s journey. He learns to protect his sobriety by asking for help, by attending regular meetings, by working the 12 steps and by staying close to his sober community. Surfside teaches our sons accountability, they rebuild their self-worth and very importantly they emphasis working the 12-steps in order to successfully navigate life. This is serious business, Surfside, taught this to my son. He now has an amazing life ahead of him. I am so grateful to the staff! Keep on Keep on!
Debbie Kephart
15:21 03 Oct 19
Very grateful for ALL the support & assistance from Surfside to help our son with his recovery & the tools to manage it. It’s not a straight line or a clear path... doesn’t take everyone the same amount of time, not only for Jack but for us as a family. We appreciate the efforts of the wonderful staff to help us manage the financial and emotional stress of addiction as well. Couldn’t recommend more highly - at Surfside, it’s not a program that bandages the situation, it’s one that challenges the individual to clean the wound(s) for better sustained sobriety. ??
Kelly Mencher
12:56 10 Sep 19
I would like to thank Ian Koch and his staff for the challenging work they do at Surfside Structured Sober Living. Ian was very supportive in helping to coordinate the logistics at the beginning as well as lending emotional support throughout the time my son participated in the program. My son connected to the staff from the first day he was there. Jarred was always on top of things and readily available to discuss any concerns or issues that came up. The dedicated staff helped my son build the skills needed to navigate through the difficult times with a tough but compassionate approach. Our son has been is numerous treatment facilities over the years and we finally found a program that we were able to see lots of progress. Surfside creates a strong community of support and a path to sobriety that can be continued on after the program is completed. I am grateful that our son had the opportunity to participate in the program and I would highly recommend this program to those who are struggling with addiction.
Joanne Clarke
12:47 30 Jul 19
I have been contemplating this review for some time now. The program at Surfside saved my son’s life. He literally overdosed and, after years of being in and out of various rehab facilities, halfway houses and such, he asked to enter this program. I was actually NOT an advocate of the program initially because I didn’t think my son had the strength to complete the program. The disciplined but nurturing culture that is provided as a backdrop to a program that encourages inner reflection, action and positive forward movement actually gave my son a chance to see that life can in fact be meaningful and fulfilling. He now has a reason within himself to NOT want to return to drugs - he has a life that he doesn’t want to give up! Showing people who have never learned life skills such as writing a resume, interviewing, creating a budget and literally giving them tools to cope with the normal stresses of daily life is a HUGE part of this program. My entire family is now hopeful and encouraged about my son’s future when before we were completely resigned to the fact that he would never live a good life. I wish I had known about this program earlier and I would encourage any parent or substance abuse victim to reach out and learn more. There is NO comparable program to help young men with this serious issue.
John Schulte
12:07 25 Jul 19
I am eternally grateful for Surfside Structured Sober Living in the journey for finding help for my son! From the first contact with Ian, I was guided through with compassionate care. I didn’t have to worry about asking the right questions, it was as if Ian knew what I was going to ask before I did! They not only gave my son the immediate help he desperately needed, the staff also focused on him in all aspects of his life. Getting him to experience hard work and enjoyable times while sober was an eye opener. I never realized that he hadn’t experienced happiness, fitness and success without substances as a young man! The staff worked hand in hand with my son going through the various stages at his individual pace to merit the greatest success. I am elated to get to see my real boy be the best version of himself. It is humbling to know that they have not only helped him to start realizing his true potential, they are helping me to be the best parent I can be. These guys are the real deal and are pros at what they do! You have my humble thanks.
Jake Mahon
01:41 24 Jul 19
The clinical vision of Surfside and their philosophy towards invigorating lifestyle enhancement is inspiring. I would feel confident referring a loved one to their care knowing the message is empowering and the team, tireless and true. Thank you for providing this asset to the community of recovery.
Kim Haris
11:33 01 Jul 19
I cannot say enough about the kindness of Ian and his staff. I was provided Ian's name by a friend and he spent hours speaking with us and helped us find assistance for our son even before our son was ready to attend Surfside. Ian and his staff are extremely knowledgable and care about the Surfside residents as well as their families. My son is now nine months sober. I thank Ian and the Surfside staff for making that possible.
11:25 28 Jun 19
By a miracle and in an act of desperation we found Surfside and Ian Koch. Surfside gave our son an amazing recovery foundation, which has been extremely valuable. Surfside gave us peace of mind and encouraged our family to also get the help and treatment we so desperately needed. We are grateful to be apart of the Surfside family and highly recommend them to anyone seeking help. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Written by Gretchen Lima
Dan Smith
13:05 12 May 19
Ethical, caring, and professional. I’ve assisted many get to Surfside for sober living knowing they will receive the best care around. Great program and structure. When faced with where I would send family or clients.... Surfside is my top choice.
Matt Sherman
23:10 14 Apr 19
Surfside changed my life. I have been to up to about 12 treatment centers including residential treatment and outpatient programs. Every time I got out I was truly convinced it was going to be different and every time I went back to my old habits. I got out of prison in July of 2017 and from there to September 2017 I was in 5 inpatient treatment centers because I wanted to get sober but every time I got out I did my own thing and went back to old ways. I wasn’t allowed in any treatment center in Rhode Island so I made a phone call and got to a place in south jersey. After doing 28 days I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to go to Surfside. After arguing with my parents about going I finally decided to go and my life grew from there. Surfside taught me recovery because it is a program based on the 12 steps. Not only that, Surfside taught me how to grow and function as a man from doing a household chore to budgeting money and working full time. I was also shown how to enjoy life sober by doing great activities that kept me busy throughout the day. Because of Surfside I am able to have genuine relationships and friendships with people, I am able to be there for my family, most importantly I am able to help others that started out just as hopeless as I was. I strongly recommend this program because it saved my life as well as many other young men.
Joseph Woodfall
00:52 27 Mar 19
Surfside was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I wouldn’t have gotten and stayed sober without the structure and support of this transitional living. I’ve made amazing friends during my journey with them. This place provides so many engaging activities that keep people like me positively motivated. I would recommend this to anyone seeking long term recovery with the ability to have fun in the process.
Leslie Lumsden
19:40 23 Mar 19
Surfside is a wonderful place, my son is getting the help that he needs to stay sober and work his recovery program. I am so thankful that my son has this opportunity. Ian, Dan, and all of the other guys who work with these young men are knowledgeable and understand the disease of addiction. They are kind, loving, professional, firm, and have a passion to help these young men. Thank you all !! I highly recommend Surfside Structured Sober Living.
Gail Licata
00:47 19 Mar 19
I am so grateful to Surfside Structured Sober Living and the program they provide to their clients. I really appreciated the weekly updates Ian provided while my son was a client. As Brian worked through each phase the weekly phone call kept us up to date and informed on Brian's progress and helped to relieve some of the anxiety. Making clients accountable for the successful operation of the house, the grocery shopping,cooking,budgeting, etc really helps to provide life skills needed as the client moves to independent living. I am so pleased that the foundation of the program is rooted in the Twelve steps. I believe that the time our son spent in the program at Surfside was the turning point in his life and set him on the successful sober path he is on, one day at a time. Thanks you Ian, Nick G. and the rest of the staff at Surfside. Keep up the good work!
Seastone Media
15:18 18 Mar 19
Having worked with Surfside and it’s staff on multiple projects. We’ve been given a unique opportunity to take an up close look on the inner workings of their program. They are helping young men and they are getting better.
Tom Licata
14:59 18 Mar 19
Ian and Staff are the best!! I honestly believe that Surfside Structured Sober Living saved my son's life, their dedicated staff engages young men and puts them on the right track for a sober and productive future! My son was in and out of various aftercare programs and Surfside was able to break that cycle and now we have the young man that was raised to be a productive member of society back!!!! I cannot thank Surfside enough and pray Ian and his staff continue to keep up their phenomenal work!!!!!
Brian Licata
14:11 18 Mar 19
As someone who has been to more programs than I would care to admit, I am so grateful to Surfside and the community it has built. I have never been more at peace then I am today. Surfside provided me with a safe place to get my life back in order. It taught me how to grow up and it has enabled me to be a responsible member of my family. I show up early, do what has to be done and I do it because I want to.
Mark Crandall
23:08 17 Mar 19
When it comes to ethical, honest individuals in the treatment industry, Ian is one of a small group. His dedication for providing the best services for clients and their families is inspiring. I've known Ian for the past 11 years. Not only as a member of the recovery community but also a colleague in the treatment industry. Very few treatment providers match in real life what they have on their website, with that being said I would not hesitate to send a family member, or any client/family I was working with to Surfside Structured Sober Living. Ian and his staff are hands down at the top of the ethical standards for services providers in the treatment industry.
Madhuri Dave
13:39 04 Mar 19
I thank God and Surfside for what transformed my son from being hopeless to an active member of the society, a great human being, and a wonderful son! I have no words to express how much thankful we are as a family! Ian had a vision and everything he says in the Surfside video is 100% true! We have experienced it for the last entire 11 months! Surfside and it's staff has given us our son back! To name a few but not limited to are Brian, Jared, Dan, and of course Ian who want to thank from the bottom of out hearts! We know all other staff contributed as well and we want to thank them all! Our son knows how to live life to its fullest now! I wish Surfside the very Best in their endeavor! We are forever indebted to Surfside and its staff!
Annmarie Barry
18:06 14 Feb 19
Surfside Structured Sober Living is a kind of treatment that works ! Engaging young men in their own lives - teaching practical daily living skills. - that have been lost / thrown away , along w a strong emphasis on recovery , the 12 steps of AA And bonding as brothers in the amazing activities available ! The 3 tier program is providing a gateway to A Clean and Sober Happy Joyous and Free way of living ! Kudos to the staff , and the men who have gone thru this program and who continue to mentor the men that are in early recovery !! I am a proud family member of a recovering addict , he finally found his way , once he committed to the work at Surfside !!
Debi Alsager
17:23 14 Feb 19
I am an aunt of a former client and after many tries he came to Surfside and now he is back to being the wonderful beautiful man he was always meant to be. All because of this amazing place. THANK YOU!!!
Patrick Downes
13:54 31 Jan 19
Surfside is an incredible program. Ian and his staff have an incredible way of engaging young men on the path to recovery. I can't say enough about what they've done for my clients and their families over the years!!
Samantha DeMaio
20:15 25 Jan 19
I have worked in the field for the past 5 years. I've seen many relapses, aftercare plans, and sober livings. I've personally seen several patient's come in and out of treatment and Surfside has been the change that made those chronic relapsers achieve long term sobriety. Not only does Surfside teach its residence how to live life again but the residence learn the importance of having fun in sobriety! Surfside is an amazing supportive home that truly produces long lasting sobriety.
Andrew Beatley
21:49 12 Jan 19
Coming out of treatment, I definitely did not want to go to an extended care program. But after checking out the website and talking to Ian, I decided to give Surfside a shot. This place gave me a life worth living. I learned that I did not have to go through recovery alone, and I am now plugged into a network of guys who have my back. This place is incredible and game-changing for any young guys struggling with addiction.
Noah Roger
22:58 01 Dec 18
This place saved my life amazing staff and and amazing program director, I am so thankful to have been able to call this place my home. It's incredible what they do for people here
michael melillo
21:33 01 Dec 18
Surfside is an amazing program. I have struggled with substance abuse issues for half my life and never saw a way out until I went through Surfside. Thank you for helping me on this journey.
Linda Melillo
15:47 25 Oct 18
I had been holding both my breath & my comments until my son had successfully honored the initial 3 month commitment (completion of Phase2)he had made to Surfside. His 10+ year addiction has been an arduous & painful experience for himself & all who love him. This journey has included multiple treatment centers in all 4 corners of the country. Never, had we been fortunate enough to experience a place like Surfside. Surfside is a unique experience both for the client & his family. Owned & staffed by truly honorable men of integrity who have successfully attained sobriety, there can be no doubt that this is a true community. With their support my son has been able to begin to honor his commitments to himself & others. For the first time he has willingly immersed himself in the 12 step program & is no longer feeling hopeless. He has now committed to staying on to complete Phase3! Surfside is truly a place where all aspects of the individual (body, mind & spirit) are carefully considered, honored & nurtured. Life lessons are interwoven with strong support, and a heck of a lot of fun. I am amazed at the scope of activities that are offered as these young men learn how to celebrate a clean & sober life. They are also mentored in the attainment of skills & goals, (long neglected in the pursuit of addiction) which are necessary for a productive life. All who enter the doors at Surfside are both respected & held accountable. I can’t begin to describe what it has meant to me, as a parent, both to be kept informed of my son’s progress & to know that any concerns I might have will be listened to. Please believe this has been a unique experience in our family’s very long journey. We feel so blessed to have found our way to Surfside!
Scott Stalbaum
14:15 23 Oct 18
Surfside is a truly special place for me. Unlike other sober living programs that I’ve been in, Surfside showed me how to have fun in recovery as well as put the tools of recovery to use. They have a staff that truly cares and that only wants the best for its residents. I have been in several sober livings and halfway houses and nothing compares to how Surfside has prepared me for life in the real world. Thanks again to the staff, it truly is a special place.
neil kennedy
18:38 21 Oct 18
Surfside was exactly what I need to start my recovery. The structured environment was key to helping me rebuild my life and family and getting back to my children
Nicholas Vaughan
20:00 19 Oct 18
Surfside changed my life and helped me get my life back together. The staff is absolutely incredible, the activities always kept me busy, the house is always clean, but most importantly the inside work I was able to do on myself gave my mother her son back. Surfside taught me the tools that I will need in the real world to help me become the man my parents raised me to be. Thank you for helping me get my life back! Love you guys
Sean Atkinson
17:41 15 Oct 18
Surfside saved my life. Everything serves a purpose and at the end of the experience - the culmination of work proves to be necessary in continuing with a sober productive life.
Dave Simons
17:00 20 Sep 18
Surfside structured sober living changed my life in a way I never thought possible. I had lost all hope in ever having any type of peace and happiness in my life. After taking they're directions and following a few simple rules I now live a life of freedom and happiness. After 10 years of trails and tribulations, attempt after attempt to get sober surfside got through to me and helped me make the change I needed to live a life behind my wildest dreams.
Tyler Garson
13:09 16 Aug 18
There is no better place to turn your life around. I can say without a doubt that Surfside saved me life. Staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. A+ program. I couldn’t be more thankful for my time there and highly reccomed it to anyone struggling.
lynn R
22:39 21 Jul 18
We are pleased to have found Surfside. Ian and his staff provide a supportive and caring environment that allows the residents to transition back into society at their own pace while providing some piece of mind to their family members during the recovery process. The residents work on the development of some essential life skills and learn how to enjoy life again without drugs and alcohol. Ian and staff are responsive and truly invested in the recovery process of the residents. After completion of the program the young men are encouraged to stay involved with the Surfside community and continue to build the relationships they have started to develop there. There is a need for more programs like Surfside for those looking for a comprehensive approach to the recovery process.
David Megenis
21:01 05 Jun 18
As a professional in the field, it is an honor to give Surfside 5 stars. I like to refer to Surfside because I know my client is going to have a unique experience while being immersed in the 12 step process. Kudos to Surfside for recently purchasing "Camp Surfside", I large piece of land that was acquired for the sole purpose of getting the clients outside and having some fun! Thank you Ian!
Matt Blomquist
17:18 24 May 18
Surfside is a truly expectional 12 Step Based program and is a standard for what Structured Sober Living should offer. I have worked in the addiction services field for several years and can highly recommend Surfside to anyone looking for good treatment. I referred a family member of mine struggling with alcohol issues to Surfside over a year ago and he is still doing well today. The compassion, professionalism, and services offered at Surfside, truly provide their clients with the real tools needed for long term recovery.
Sagar Dave
15:46 06 May 18
I am currently attending this institution and it has provided me with a very structured life. I need the structure so I could build a strong foundation for my recovery. I have been provided all the tools for a strong recovery at Surfside and I hope to continue my life in a positive way in sobriety. I highly recommend this place if you are serious about recovery.
Timmy O’Reilly
00:32 02 May 18
Surfside was a place I went to after treatment without knowing anything about it, I thought it’s name sounded good so I went with it. What I didn’t know is what would come in the coming months(4). It’s a house full of young guys with different backgrounds coming together to work for one common goal. The combination of morning step Work(that took me through the 12 steps), sponsorship from recommended alumni, the various activities that bring the house together, and the house comraderey, set the tone for how and what I need to do in my recovery to stay sober. It’s a place where you can gain so much with hard work and a proper attitude. This structured way of approaching addiction worked for me thus far and it has given me the tools to continue to succeed in life after Surfside.
Lynne Sherman
15:48 27 Apr 18
I am so happy that my son is able to be at Surfside Structured Sober Living. Ian Koch and his staff are wonderful people. They held true to their word and kept me updated on my son's progress from Phase 1 all the way through to Phase 4. These young men need the life skills they are being taught-how to budget money, work the 12 step program, be responsible for chores and cooking. As they advance through the phases, they earn a little more independence. My son went to RCA in Mays Landing, NJ from there to Brace Bridge Hall in MD, and now resides at Surfside. He has nearly 7 months of sobriety and has progressed quickly through the phases. I am so proud of him and truly do not know where he would be in his life right now without Surfside. I highly recommend this facility because not only is my son now sober and alive, he has a whole sober network of friends and has learned many valuable life skills. It is important that these men learn to live without drugs and alcohol and that activities can be fun. Don't let your son trade his life in for drugs and alcohol, send him to Surfside. To my son this is a second family. Thank you so much to Ian, John P., Jared S., and all others at Surfside. HE couldn't have done it without you. Remember "One day at a time". Sincerely, Lynne
Nicholas Geissler
19:16 18 Mar 18
I am forever grateful to have gone through Surfside. The staff was extremely helpful in my early recovery, meeting me where I was at. Its life development program helped improve all areas of my life. I learned how to actually budget money, cook and clean (properly). I was introduced to a 12 step fellowship and a spiritual way of living. While living at Surfside I found a few new hobbies, like kayaking and paddle boarding. Lastly, Surfside gave me the opportunity to improve relationships, especially with my family.
Fred Geissler
15:06 01 Feb 18
Surfside provides the help and guidance for individuals who are looking to rid themselves of the burden of addiction. A structured program helps the individuals to understand that there is life after addiction. The owner and staff do a great job in making this new beginning a reality. I highly recommend this program.
Kevin Garbie
14:34 21 Jan 18
When all hope was lost and it appeared as though I had no options, Ian and the Surfside Staff were available to take me into their home and help me on my journey. The program offers not only the tools for recovery but also the skills to living a sober life. Along the way of learning how to live a sober life; Surfside is structured in a way to remind everyone that life is fun, enjoy it, one day at a time. Even after moving out of Surfside the staff (and residents) continue to be a part of my life, as they have become an extended family to me. I would recommend Surfside to any young man that is seeking the "extra" help and support on the journey to recovery.
Cindy M
22:31 18 Jan 18
We looked at Surfside as an option for our son who ultimately chose not to enter a residential program. We looked at several options and Ian was by far the best person we talked to. He returned calls promptly and was willing to spend as much time with us on the phone as we needed. He was genuine and did not give us a hard sell like some other places we looked at. His passion for and dedication to supporting the recovery of others is clear.
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