Admission Line: 609.709.4205 StructuredSoberLiving@Gmail.com

The Mission of Surfside Structured Sober Living:soberlivingnjocean1

Surfside Structured Sober Living will disrupt the cycle of addiction for 18-34yo 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 his 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. When Ian is not helping others, he can be found spending time with his wife or running with their dogs Wilma and Charlie, and you will most certainly find him kitesurfing at the beach year-round, regardless of the temperature!

Dan Miranda, BS, CADC

Dan Miranda, BS, CADC

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. He is currently back in school pursuing a Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies. Dan is a Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida and more recently became a Certified 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, BA

Nick Geissler, BA

Community Outreach

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 is back in school to complete 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.

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 and data collection. Although not in his job description, he loves coming by the Surfside houses and hanging out with the residents and offering assistance as needed. In his free time, Andrew likes to hit the gym, go to the beach, and cheer on his favorite DC sports teams.

Jared Shedrofsky, BS

Jared Shedrofsky, BS

Transition Manager

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. He has completed all his classes and received  a Bachelors degree in Psychology, from CU Boulder. 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 can often be found in the gym. 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.

John Pelikan

John Pelikan

Recovery Specialist

At 24-years-old, John was living in a rooming house surrounded by prostitution, drug dealers, and crime. From the age of 17 he battled with addiction, homelessness, and multiple attempts at treatment. His methods of treatment included detox, inpatient rehabilitation, intensive out-patient, and medication assisted treatment. Each time, however, John could not surrender to the fact that if he was to stay sober, he would be required to make some drastic changes. His ability to get and stay clean was the result of putting time and effort into his own recovery. During his active addiction, John had grandiose ideas such as continuing his education at the age of 18. His addiction had progressed past the point of being able to attend college with any success, so within the first semester he dropped out of all his classes. 7 years later, John enrolled back into college to begin attaining a degree in Social Work. His passion for helping others had been identified and he set out to achieve his goals. Putting all into his education that he had put into his recovery, he has sustained a 4.0 GPA, and received multiple awards; including the Dean’s List. More recently John was certified as a recovery coach. John’s philanthropic work extends past the point of Surfside Structured Sober Living. You can often find him reaching out to others who are like him, living where and how he was. He won’t hesitate to tell you it is one of his hobbies. Conversely, if you were to go to the bowling alley, beach, boardwalk, or local fitness center, you would find him making the most out of his freedom in sobriety. More recently John got a puppy!

Scott Hansen, BA

Scott Hansen, BA

Recovery Specialist

Scott was born in Lewisville, Texas in 1990. Adopted at birth to two loving parents, Kevin and Terry, and raised in Bergen County New Jersey with an older brother, Chris. Excelled in sports and school and even went as far as to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Baseball career at Don Bosco Prep, class of 2009, led to a Division 1 offer to Lehigh University. First semester at Lehigh is when Scott started to do more than just drinking and occasionally smoking marijuana. Long adderall benders and experimentation with other drugs, coupled with excessive drinking led to a suspension from the baseball team and eventual departure by sophomore year. A second opportunity to play Division 3 baseball was was also thrown away by more partying and careless illegal activities. Scott’s parents sent him to several therapists to get to the root of the problem, but never got the help needed because he was never fully honest about his circumstances. His life spiraled while he lived in a delusion. Between 2011 and 2016, he was in and out of work, in and out of school and in and out of trouble, including 4 arrests, a handful of treatment facilities and a stay at a psychiatric hospital. In October, 2016, he went on his final run, which ended with yet another arrest. The next day he was sent to my last inpatient rehab for 28 days and upon discharge, entered Surfside. Scott stayed for 5 months, even though he made it through all of the phases in a little over three months. Scott thrived in a structured environment and Surfside was what he needed in a time where he didn’t know how to take care of himself. After those five months he became the first resident in the Phase 4 (step down house) where he acted as the house manager for another 3 months until he finally moved out on his own. Within his first year of sobriety, he successfully completed his first IOP program, got off of probation, had his license reinstated, and enrolled back into college.  He graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Stockton with a major in Psychology and minor in Wholistic Health in Spring 2019. From there he hopes to pursue a graduate degree in sports psychology.

Brian Licata

Brian Licata

Digital Media Producer

Brian’s addiction began and ended in New Jersey with stops along the way in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, California and almost every state in between. Having been a patient at most of the in-patient facilities in the tri-state area, Brian’s final stop was at Surfside.

Prior to beginning his recovery, Brian’s innate interest of all things lead him to work as a Congressional Page in Washington, D.C. during his Junior Year of high school.  Following his completion of the Page Program, Brian interned for Major League Baseball and a multi-media company on Capitol Hill.  Upon graduating from high school, Brian fell victim to typical undergraduate peer-pressures.  In his freshman year of college, he was introduced to prescription opiates.  In the following nine years, Brian’s addiction brought him to homelessness, financial dereliction, and complete separation from his family.  

Throughout his addiction, Brian’s family was the motivation he needed to continue on.  After 15+ failed attempts at recovery, Brian was living in East Camden surrounded by scenes of addiction, prostitution, and theft.  In a final attempt, Brian consulted his father for help.  This call for help led Brian to the completion of a 28-day in-patient program.  After tapping his parents financially for the last time, Brian asked his Grandmother for help.  Brian and his Grandmother Adele found Surfside. 

Since Brian has come to Surfside, he has changed tremendously. He now finds himself able to manage his own finances, personal relationships and has even continued on in pursuit of his undergraduate degree.

Brian is Surfside’s Digital Media Producer.  On any given day, you can find him editing video, taking photos, hosting a podcast or working to grow his video production business with his partner, another Surfside alumni.

Andy Matulonis

Andy Matulonis

Support Staff

Andy was born and raised in Middlesex County NJ. From age 15 to 28, he was a successful musician. Jumping from band to band and receiving record deals in the process, the lifestyle filled with drugs and alcohol was a normal one for him. Offstage, Andy was a chef where drugs and alcohol were also very present. But it wasn’t until 2011, after a horrible accident that left Andy bedridden for one year that his addictions really took off. Being prescribed painkillers during and after for his physical therapy, it wasn’t long until he was going outside of his doctors for what he needed.

The years that followed led to two DUI’s, four psychiatric wards, four inpatient rehabs, seven outpatient programs, a long term treatment facility in New Hampshire, deep depression and lots of risky behavior. In the last three and a half years, Andy has tried to stay sober. Attending 12-step meetings along the way, he was always unsuccessful in long term sobriety.

This last time around after a 30 program he found Surfside. Andy attended Surfside for eight months. During his time here, he was asked to participate in a mentoring program at a local rehab center where he ran groups for both the men and women who were there for treatment. He soon realized that was where his recovery always fell short: giving back. Using his experience in recovery, along with all his failures in sobriety, Andy has tried to help those who are still sick and suffering. Moving a few short blocks from Surfside, Andy has made Ventnor his home. He has discarded his dreams of being a musician and has chosen to work in the recovery field for the sake of his sobriety. When asked if he misses the life, his response is, “This is just a different stage.”

Matt Sherman

Matt Sherman

House Manager

Matt was born and raised in Rhode Island. He was athletic, played sports and rode dirt bikes. He was a good student that came from a good family. Matt started using marijuana when he was 12 and the progression of addiction took of from there. He began to party all weekend and skip school to drink and get high. He started using opiates at the age of 17 and barely graduated high highschool.

Matt was able to find a job after high-school and was able to give the appearance that things were ok. He had a car, phone and was able to keep the job. As his progression continued he stated to lose things. He started showing up to work late, begging people for money, skipping out on car payments and stealing from his parents. The round of treatment centers started including medicated assisted treatment (MAT). Matt tried everything including moving and changing his cell phone number.

June of 2017 Matt went from prison to another inpatient rehab for the 7th time, got out and relapsed. From July 2017-September 2017 he was in and out of another 5 different inpatient treatment centers. It got to the point where no facility in Rhode Island would take him back. He became desperate, broke and homeless and was seriously contemplating suicide. After one last desperate call he found himself in a treatment center in Mays Landing NJ. They connected him to Surfside and his life began. Matt diligently worked through the Surfside program and started helping others. Matt is currently working toward his NJ Certified Peer Recovery Specialist credential and will be going back to school for addiction counseling in the spring of 2019.

Ben Goldman, BS, MBA

Ben Goldman, BS, MBA

House Manager

Growing up in Maryland, organized sports were a large part of Ben’s life from a young age. However, he found himself sliding through the cracks in the public school system. He began skipping school and getting in trouble as drinking and drugging played a larger role in his life. To change things up, he enrolled in boarding school for his sophomore year. The move helped him excel in sports and completely turn his academic life around. However, while at the boarding school, he was introduced to hard drugs and started abusing his prescriptions. During the spring term, he got very sick and was informed he needed emergency Neuro-surgery. He spent the next month and a half in ICU receiving heavy narcotics around the clock. This began a long battle with prescription pain killers. He began buying more pills off the street to feed his addiction. He was able to graduate high school and went on to Shepherd University where he graduated with high aspirations. He even went on to obtain his Masters from Lynn University, where he also started his own business. Everything looked great on the outside, but on the inside things were a mess. He finally decided to ask for help and give recovery a chance.

Today, Ben is trusted by his family and friends and has genuine relationships again that he thought were beyond repair. Most importantly, he can look himself in the mirror and look others in their eyes. He has rediscovered his passion for helping others. Ben is pumped to join the Surfside team as a house manager and live his life in sobriety. He now lives free one day at a time!

Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

House Manager

Michael grew up in Central New Jersey to a large and loving family. Being the youngest, and only boy, he felt pressured to fit in when he actually felt different. Michael excelled in music and arts, including writing, and was passionate and deeply invested in his skills.

As he grew older, his parents divorced and remarried. He gained an even larger family full of athletes. He began high school in a new town where he did not know anybody and fell back into the role of feeling “different.” At this moment, he discovered drugs and alcohol as a means to mitigate his suffering. He was bright enough to get into college but squandered the opportunity quickly, as drugs had already had a hold on him. He moved around to different states working in restaurants and other small jobs, and found that he always brought his addiction with him. Michael then returned home and began working at a law firm and quickly worked his way up to a paralegal position, but couldn’t excel due to his drug and alcohol use. After an arrest, he began his journey into recovery with an introduction to a 12-step fellowship and treatment facilities all over New Jersey until he was 27. After experiencing enough pain, Michael finally decided that his sobriety was his top priority and was willing to take any and all steps to do the necessary work to deal with the real issue: himself. After a 30 day residential program he checked into Surfside as a resident and navigated his way through his personal difficulties and the program. He found a sponsor and showed a willingness to work the steps and grow as a person while simultaneously developing healthier habits such as regular exercise and returning to his artistic hobbies such as music and writing.

He came on board as a staff member and took on the role of House Manager where he is extremely excited to be part of our team and help change the stigma around addiction and develop the atmosphere of recovery for our residents in the future.

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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