I’ve been to one rehab, and one sober living facility but I tried these venues unsuccessfully for seven long hard years, trying to stay sober and have a job and make my life work out. It wasn’t until I came to Good Heart Recovery and lived at Recovery Santa Barbara that I was able to finally realize my true desires in life, work effectively at my job, have a good relationship with my family and friends, and be a healthy and spiritual person. This place has given me a new outlook on life, a new hope, and a new way of taking care of myself and my responsibilities. Every dollar spent is worth it in my opinion, because who can really put a price on having a new lease on life? I’m so grateful that my family and my health insurance were easily able to grant me the opportunity to stay here. It has been over a year now since I’ve last used my drug of choice, and I don’t have to work the harsh program of places like Alcoholics Anonymous where they just tell you to go to meetings and not drink. That didn’t work for me, although I tried for years. The Salvation Army is too religious and regimented for me. I would have tried it if I had no other options but luckily there is Good Heart. Here they taught me to work on my actual psychological issues that underlie addiction, instead of shaming you for using and trying to count how many days clean you have every day for the rest of your life. Addiction and mental health disorders are poorly understood by the medical community, and Good Heart treats them by gaining a deeper understanding of your own issues. There’s a lot of fun and variety in the group sessions they offer. And as well, a lot of healing. The staff know how to do their stuff, let me tell you. And it’s a good safe place to live for those of us who live at Recovery Santa Barbara, the serene, normal housing facility that is enmeshed in scenic Santa Barbara. Unlike my experiences with other sober livings or halfway houses, this is a simple, Zen like efficient main house on a nice street with two apartments out back for graduates. The beds and rooms are modern and clean and very fresh. The main house is cozy and cooperative. Everyone does their own dishes, takes care of thrmselves, do chores around the house, attend weekly meditation meeting and a weekly dinner meeting where new guests are welcomed into the house and introduced to each other. The house manager is a former client as well, so he knows and respects the conditions and issues that we all have to face in recovery. He is pretty spiritual too, on account of what he has learned here, and isn’t like a shop owner or task master or landlord. He also has well over a year clean and sober. In summary I’ve learned to become a more healthy and health conscious individual, all around: diet, exercise, spiritual balance and harmony, work ethics, community participation instead of isolation, helping others as well as being able to help myself. And I owe it all to Good Heart!