The Mission of Surfside Structured Sober Living:
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.
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.
Ian Koch, MS, LCADC, CAS
Dan Miranda, MS, LCADC
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
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
Strategic Planning Coordinator
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
Director of Growth & Engagement
Thomas Burns, JD
Ryuta Amaike, BA
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!
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 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 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 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.