The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous: Step 3

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

As a stage in our process, the first three steps of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are designed to bring us to a point where we are willing to turn our lives over to our higher power, or God as many understand it. The remaining steps are the blueprint of how that is going to happen, and finally, how to keep us on that path. It’s important to remember, however, that we have to be willing to do the work before the work begins. This is the essential lesson of step three. Read more

12 Step Help: The Second Step

The 12 step program has helped many with addictions find a way to heal and recover. In this series, we’re providing 12 step help through insight on each statement that makes up the core of the program. In this post, we’re taking a closer look at the second step:

“We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could return us to sanity.” Read more

The 12 Step Program: The First Step

The 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous has proved effective in helping those with addictions to drugs and alcohol find a way to heal and recover. In this series, we will dive deep into each step, providing insight on its statement and hopefully illuminate its gifts. Read more

Sober Meditation: Benefits & Tips

Sober living programs often comprise elements of faith and discipline. Depending on the environment you are living in, this can take on a religious connotation or one that is purely spiritual. While meditation in itself is not necessarily a religious or faith-based practice, it is a practice that is used to increase clarity of focus and empower self-reflection. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of sober meditation and provide a few tips to help ensure a successful practice. Read more

Find a Sober Living Home: What to Look For, What to Ask

One of the most important steps in a commitment to living sober is finding a place to live that will support your new outlook and lifestyle. Above all, you should feel good about this new phase of life, as you are setting the stage for ongoing success in sobriety. The decision to find a sober living home is a positive move in the right direction. Here are few things to look for and to ask to help you with your search. Read more

The Value of Sober Roommates

Living sober is a personal challenge that can be difficult on your own, left to your own thoughts and devices. Having the support of others who are on the same journey is not only helpful, but in many cases can make the difference between a successful transition and a relapse. Whether you are newly sober or have months or years under your belt, the value of having sober roommates is immeasurable.

Sober roommates share your vision of lasting recovery and likely experience many of the same frustrations and fears that you do. Having somebody to talk to about how you are feeling is important, and being able to do that without fear of judgement may encourage you to be more honest about what you’re going through. Read more

Sober Living by the Sea


One of the most wonderful things about living in Mount Pleasant is our sober home’s close proximity to the sea. Sober living by the sea provides an endless source of peace and reflection, reminding us of the power and beauty of nature all around us. The sea itself is in a constant state of renewal, just like we are. In a sense, we can look at the sea and apply its lessons to ourselves, the coming and going of the tides much like the ebb and flow of life itself.

An Anytime Meditation

Meditation is a useful technique that is often incorporated within structured sober living, with many benefits. Many of us, however, struggle with meditation when we first get sober. We often feel that the peace and stillness required to meditate is beyond our abilities, and we may not want to try because we think it’s going to be too hard. But meditation doesn’t have to mean that you sit quietly in a lotus position on the floor with incense burning. That works for some people, but for those of us who have trouble calming our minds, it might seem like an impossible task.

The sea is one of the most powerful meditative forces in the universe, and it’s right in our own backyard. The best part about it is, you don’t have to have any special knowledge or talent to reap its benefits. A good place to start is just by walking its beaches—or even just finding a place to stand or sit where you can immerse yourself in its sights, sounds and smells. Find clean and sober living wherever you go.

Sober Living Sea Meditation – How To

Now, many of you have experienced the sea at one time or another in your life. Hopefully, these were happy times that you can remember well. When you return to the ocean, you may be able to recall those feelings. Honor those good moments, and then let them go.

Let the salt air fill you with positive energy, and be aware of every sense:

  • Of sound—the way the gulls cry, and the way the surf crashes against the shore
  • Of scent—the salty, earthy smells that can only be found by the sea
  • Of sight—notice the colors of the sky and the water, and every shade in between. See the colors change as the sun shifts in the sky. Notice the sea birds, dolphins, and other marine creatures on the shore.

Notice your breath as you take it in and let it out: just breathing in. Just breathing out. Notice the way that sounds carry on the breeze, and how they distort when the wind changes direction.

Finding Your Stillness while Living Sober in Charleston, SC

Finding serenity at the water’s edge is a time-honored tradition for restless souls seeking peace of mind. Whether you spend a half an hour, an afternoon or the whole day in reflection by the sea, you will most certainly leave with a lifted and rejuvenated spirit.

Embrace this feeling, and keep coming back.

If you are struggling to stay sober and motivated to succeed, a sober living home may be right for you. The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation provides sober living residences in the beautiful coastal region of Charleston, SC. We would love to talk to you about how we can help.

Sober Living in Charleston, SC

Every neighborhood in Charleston, SC offers something amazing to discover, but with our Mt. Pleasant sober living homes, we are lucky enough to have some of the most beautiful surroundings in the entire county close at hand. With our lovely shoreline, expansive parks and fascinating historical attractions, serenity is never far away. Best of all, most of these attractions can be enjoyed free of charge or for little more than the price of bus fare. Here are some of the most popular and fun sober activities in Charleston, SC and the surrounding area.

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