Substance Free Upon Arrival – Admission Information to Help You Get Started

The ideal Grounds member is a young man who is currently substance-free and ready to take charge of his life! We look for members who still need some structure and accountability but can also handle the freedoms and temptations of semi-independent living in a large and complex city. We are not in a remote location and everything the world has to offer is practically in our backyard or within a few hours. Combined with our intentional program design, our environment provides the right combination of challenge, support, independence, privacy, responsibility, and accountability.

All incoming members must have some sobriety under their belt, either from primary treatment, detox, or other interventions. We understand if you’ve had one relapse or many, we understand if you are still contemplating how to live abstinent, and we understand if you aren’t familiar or yet comfortable with the 12 Steps.  While you are with us, we can work through all of those pieces together and help you tackle each one to see what’s right for you.

We do, however, require that you be substance-free upon arrival at The Grounds. We also ask that you arrive open to trying new things (even if it’s a little uncomfortable) and be open to challenging yourself and your current beliefs and thinking.

Beyond Substance Use & Addiction

Besides substance use and addiction, most of our members have also struggled with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, attentional issues, or executive functioning issues. Many of our members have experienced failure, loss, trauma, bullying, isolation, or other life events that can fuel the need and desire for the escape substances provide.

We know that these things all walk alongside addiction and substance use, which is why our program is about “healthy living,” not just “sober living.”  Please contact Scott DeLeau, our Admissions Director, who personally screens and oversees all of our admissions. We know you and your story are unique and we want you to be successful so we’ll decide together if we’re the right place for you. All prospective members have an interview (typically by phone) with Scott and or Alex Zemeckis, our Founder, prior to enrollment approval so that we can answer your questions, get to know you, and better understand your expectations and goals.

Are You a Good Candidate for The Grounds?

Young men who are actively using substances requiring detox, psychiatric or medical stabilization, or other immediate, more acute care and treatment would be considered “not ready” for The Grounds. We welcome your interest and are happy to work with you and your team to guide you towards the care you need. When you are ready and substance free, we’ll be here.

Fear, anxiety, resistance, hesitation, embarrassment, lack of motivation, self-imposed limits, lack of work experience, shame, immaturity, even a lack of commitment to lifelong sobriety, we can work with all of this as we know it’s part of early recovery.

All we’re asking is that you give yourself the opportunity to experience a different way of living. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how to live your life. With a clear mind, a new perspective, tools for dealing with life’s ups and downs, a caring support system, and a renewed confidence in YOU, we think you’ll find a stable, healthy, substance free future much more alluring than drugs and alcohol. We’re confident you’ll experience peace of mind and the clarity of purpose that re-awakens goals and aspirations long buried under the cloud of substance use.

Any condition, diagnosis, situation, or request that limits, distracts, or takes away a member’s ability to fully participate in daily programming, activities, and requirements would be considered exclusionary criteria. Please give us a call to discuss your unique needs.

Examples May Include:
  • History of significant self-harm
  • History of aggressive or violent behavior
  • An un-stabilized psychiatric or mental health condition
  • An un-stabilized or severe medical condition that requires supervision or administration outside of our normal protocols
  • History of sexually predatory behavior

“I just realized one day that my way of living wasn’t sustainable and I couldn’t fix it on my own.  I needed help.  The Grounds helped me transition to where I am today – happy.  I’m doing things with my life now- working, living on my own, and being useful.  I am forever grateful to The Grounds staff that helped me turn things around.”

“Our son had a serious addiction that took control of our lives, resulting in a life-threatening overdose. His recovery journey led us to The Grounds, where he has progressed and is rebuilding his life. The structure, guidance and support of The Grounds has given us peace of mind, knowing he is in good hands with a solid chance of long-term recovery. The combination of round the clock staff, therapy, house responsibilities, fun activities, attending AA meetings and meeting with an individual sponsor all help to build a supportive network. With The Grounds’ encouragement, he found a good job opportunity that may lead to a viable future. While it is hard for us to have him so far from home, the distance has helped us all grow toward what will be a better relationship as a family – two parents supporting the path of a recovering young adult son. Thanks to Alex, Cannon, Cody and all the staff at The Grounds!”

“As a mother, I could never imagine my son would grow into a teen and young adult with such a dangerous drug addiction. The stress was more than my husband and I could bear. After a drug overdose, it became crystal clear that recovery was the only choice. After several steps in treatment, he is on a strong path for long term recovery at The Grounds. He developed a good network of supportive relationships with The Grounds staff and those in recovery meetings. The environment allows and expects the guys to grow in maturity and responsibility. They are shown how a good life can be lived being completely clean and sober. I can sleep at night, without the past nightmares and worry. We feel The Grounds was the best choice, giving him the foundation of a lifetime.”

“The Grounds was a great choice for our family on the road to recovery. There are so many things that make The Grounds unique to all the other programs out there. We loved that The Grounds was a six-month program, gradually allowing more independence as our son grew in his recovery and his independence. They had weekly activities from rock climbing to surfing to rock concerts, all things our son loved to do. They supported our son emotionally with daily meetings and small group meditation. He was able to work and learned how to create a budget for himself. We feel part of our son’s success in recovery and working a good program is due to the foundation that The Grounds helped establish, working closely with our son and our family. We are forever grateful to Alex, Cannon, Henry and the rest of the staff who lovingly supported us all on this journey in recovery.”

“The Grounds Recovery showed me a new way of life that I never knew was possible. It was through this program and everyone involved that I learned how to create a successful program of recovery. I also learned basic life skills which I have applied every day beyond my time at The Grounds. Words cannot express the level of gratitude I have for this program—it helped me get my life back.”