We know you because every single one of us has walked in your shoes. While you’re walking your path, we’ll be with you every step of the way to give you the tools to live a self-sufficient, drug- and alcohol-free life. Recover yourself. Reclaim your life. Rediscover your dreams. Come home to Carla Vista.
When we say we offer a home, we mean it. If you think “sober living” means staying in an untidy, crowded house in a rough neighborhood where people are still using, think again. Each of our homes is 100% tour-ready, and when you visit, you can talk to our current residents. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
One of the hardest things to admit is that addiction is a family disease. You never wanted to see your family member suffer. You’ve probably tried to pick up the pieces. More than anything, you want your loved one back—the one you knew before addiction took them away. We can help make that happen.
The stories we share here at Carla Vista are often one of success, positivity, and support. Addiction is not only an assault on the addict but on the family as well. As addicts we hold ourselves accountable for our actions and choices and we help each other in this endeavor. No person, no matter how successful, remained so as an addict. Only when they succumbed to sober living could they fully realize their achievements and go on to greater success.Admitting to the problem of addiction is the only gateway to becoming sober. This is always a very personal journey. There are many paths, setbacks, roundabouts and roadblocks. Each can only be moved through by the addict. All the people who are on those paths with them are in one of two categories, innocent bystanders or fellow addicts.Success can follow many paths. Each is still very unique to the individual. A sober home, a sober living home, is just one of several paths that for a lot of people, leads to the greatest success. Recidivism is rampant on this journey, it’s easy and comfortable. But it always leads to an ever worsening condition.
Surprisingly, the benefits of being sober are not discussed very often. It’s as though people assume that this is a natural inclination, a natural state to be in. In fact, for alcoholics and addicts, being sober is an unnatural state. Therefore, in order to make sobriety make sense, the addict needs to understand the benefits of staying sober. As they go from under the influence to dry and sober, they see those benefits and come to understand the difference.
Living sober means far better health. The health of the addict is sapped by the poisonous constant assault of alcohol. The strength and vitality of the body is diminished. With many drugs, irreversibly. Just take a look at before and after images of meth addicts. It literally advances the age of the body by decades for every year or so of use.
Removing the poison and you return the body to health. Illness will occur less often, strength will slowly increase, and energy reserves will return. This is a key component to restoring oneself to confidence.
Most important of all, sober people are able to enjoy the full existence of life. Being lost in the confines of a booze haze or a spinning high, the experiences you feel so strongly in your chest are never real. The cloud you live in is just to hide life. It never enhances. They are in fact, far less tangible, like vapor.
Living sober brings the full impact of messy, rough, tough, and wonderful life. The challenge that is life. When you feel the joy and happiness of the mess, it helps to work through the harder part of being sober, instead of hiding in a bottle.
Growth and hard work is what defines sobriety. The benefits of being free from intoxication means healing much more than just the physical. It means the bodily strength to handle the emotional. That is the very crux of all the chemical need to drink. Our emotional wounds.
Whether they are brought on by terrible happenstances or our own internal subversive demons, the self-destructive thoughts are the greatest challenge for us. This will always take hard emotional work to overcome.
Sober living assists with this by diminishing the uncontrolled factors of failure, i.e. the environment and innocent bystanders. This is for several reasons. The sober environment removes the possibility of alcohol and drugs. The frequent testing keeps the individual accountable and rewards compliance. The innocent bystanders are typically triggers or stressors that though loved and in many cases desire to help, just do not understand to be able to connect on the necessary levels for the recovery of the addict.
Many people can handle the stressors and their environment and achieve success. For others, a sober living home gives them the transition between the program and the triggers. The recovering addict can focus on themselves, their steps, working the program, and rebuilding themselves in order to be successful.
The requirement to work, go to school or volunteer full time is a very important key to recovery. This transitions the addict from a complete focus on themselves in a rehab center to daily productivity. Many addicts are professionals and can return to a good job. Some have to build back up. Others are not ready for work or need to refocus on different skills and choose to return to school to better themselves. Still others find great satisfaction in giving back and choose to volunteer their time to the needs of people beyond themselves.
All this pushes the recovering addict beyond the sanctuary of the rehab center into the world they will have to survive in. It presses them against those same triggers, but in a more gentle way by still offering the comfort of the sober living home and a very supportive group of recovered addicts.
This support group is another layer of accountability. They know all the excuses. Are well familiar with all the challenges. They alone can offer solutions and set the example of not just living sober successfully but also of coming back from setbacks.
All this is what living sober means. Driven by passion, purpose and giving. The highest standard of sober living. Come, go places with us.