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Hope by the Sea, California Rehab Reviews


To 'Hope By The Sea,' Drug Rehab, California


(Penny, Ernie, Cindy, Sandy, Danny, Renee, Jose, Karl, Jill, Leslie and Dr. Glass)


For those of you sitting at your computer, in a state of confusion and desperation, staring at these names, you just see names.


I look at those names and see loving, caring, honest, compassionate, highly experienced people who actually perform miracles by saving lives.


Here's my story:


My wife had struggled with alcohol for her entire life while denying that there was a problem. She was in and out of recovery meetings for over a decade but had difficulty connecting to any recovery program. While not drinking and not in recovery, she cross addicted to cocaine.


On a Saturday night, she left for dinner at 7 PM and then vanished. I found her at 4 AM at the largest drug dealer's house in Phoenix.


This "man," and his drugs, were fully prepared to commit a murder that night by killing my wife and my wife's disease was going along for the ride.


My wife was completely incoherent and on death's doorstep.


I initially checked her into a facility in Los Angeles. During the admitting process, I had uncomfortable feelings about the people in charge and the facility itself. I left her there overnight, went back to my hotel room and searched the internet in a complete state of exhaustion and desperation until 6 AM when I came across the 'Hope By The Sea' website.


The "Hope By The Sea" facility was started by a loving mother and father who had experienced years of the horror and destruction of addiction in their young son. (Their story is fascinating and I highly recommend viewing it on their website.)


At 7 AM, I called 'Hope By The Sea' praying that someone would answer. I am not a religious man but there is no doubt in my mind that my prayer was answered. Penny, the owner the facility, picked up the phone and talked to me for what seemed like hours. I felt a warmth from her that I hadn't felt in years from anyone.


I immediately got in my car and drove an hour and a half to 'Hope By The Sea' in San Juan Capistrano. Penny met me and showed me both their living accommodations and recovery facilities. It was all extremely clean, bright, very organized and absolutely beautiful. She introduced me to her family and several staff members who couldn't have been more receptive and hospitable. She also introduced me to a gentleman who had spent time at 'Hope By The Sea' recovering from an addiction to cocaine, who had flown back from the East Coast to celebrate a sobriety birthday with the staff. He was glowing and openly grateful for his new life.


I drove back to Los Angeles feeling calm for the first time in a decade. I picked up my wife from her "jail cell" recovery facility, and immediately returned to 'Hope By The Sea.'


And this is where the story really begins.


I am almost at a loss for words trying to describe the gift that 'Hope By The Sea' gave both my wife and I. They gave us our lives back. My wife has been completely clean and sober since the moment she walked through the doors of 'Hope By The Sea.' She has an entirely different understanding of her disease and continues to work her recovery program daily. She has chosen to change the people, places and things from her past that contributed to her disease and now surrounds herself with positive people who have years of successful sobriety. She is an even more incredible woman than the woman I first fell in love with before her disease took her away.


'Hope By The Sea' provided her with knowledge and tools that she implements on a daily basis to keep herself clean and sober, healthy, productive, communicative, peaceful and happy for the first time in her life. And she is alive.truly alive and glowing.


And to Dr. Glass, it is with my deepest and most heartfelt appreciation that I can say that your knowledge, guidance, approach and expertise is nothing short of absolutely magnificent. Additionally, Dr. Glass provided information to help me understand, start to heal from, and deal with my own codependency which contributed to my wife's fall into the abyss.


I can't say enough, or show enough gratitude, to the people from 'Hope By The Sea.'

However, I will say this for those of you reading this letter who feel lost, confused, exhausted, angry, disappointed, embarrassed, guilty, fearful, hopeless, desperate and searching for help.In my humble opinion, 'Hope By The Sea' is a miracle and as close as I have ever come to experiencing heaven on earth.


'Hope By The Sea,' I simply can not thank you enough.


I will keep my last name anonymous but welcome the facilitators at 'Hope By The Sea' to give my phone number to anyone who would like to call me to verify the authenticity of this letter and further discuss our incredible and joyous experience.



The Staff (Family) of Hope By The Sea,

Each and every one of you have touched my heart and I feel so blessed to have found such a loving and supportive family in HBTS. I am so excited to be moving out to California and being able to see you all on a regular basis. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your unconditional love and support. I love you all very much and I will see you soon.


With Lots of Love,
K. G.

Dear Penny,

There are no words to express how much you have done for us and for my son. over the past month. Your loving support and counsel has comforted, calmed and uplifted us. We know we're on a long journey but you and your team have given us a tremendous first step. Please tell Cyndie, and Danny how much we appreciate all of the effort expended on behalf of my son. You are an amazing group of people who deserve many blessings. We will stay in touch.


Dear Penny, Cyndie and everyone,

Thank you so much for everything that you have done for me!! You have made me a totally different person and you have no idea how grateful I am for that. You guys are some of the most caring people that I have ever met, there are not enough words to express how I feel. I will never forget everything that you have done. You will always have a place in my heart. Thank you again!

Love, T.S.

Dear Cyndie,

I appreciate you and all you did for me while I was at Hope By The Sea. Thank you for your warm hugs and gentle smiles. You treated me with dignity and gave me the hope that I could make it. Thank you especially for putting me in the executive house. Living there was as therapeutic as the program itself. It was quiet, my roommates were incredible, and Stacey made the house a home. It was truly a privilege staying there. It really contributed to my recovery. And I am grateful. You are a marvelous addition to the staff at Hope By The Sea. I love the warmth you radiate. It's obvious that all the staff respects and adores you. Thank you for one of the best experiences of my life. I have hope now!

In Love and Gratitude,


I just want you to know that I really appreciate all you have done for me since I arrived a month ago! ALSO - thanks for working with me...Ms. High Maintenance that I am! You have made an impact on me....

Love you,

Dear Cyndie, Penny, and Dr. Carlsen,

Thank you all so much for the opportunity to intern at Hope By The Sea. I have enjoyed getting to know each of you. I appreciate the time and consideration you have shown me. I looked forward to each day I spent at Hope. What an honor to be in the company of such special individuals. I have learned from each of you. Thank you again for this blessed chapter in my life and education.




I want to thank you for the time you folks gave to my grandson. Thank you for caring so much about him and not just about my money. It's difficult to choose a place to send him but I know he is in the right place. Again, Thank You.


With great appreciation,

"Spread your wings and prepare to fly...You have become a butterfly....spread your wings and fly butterfly" - Mariah Carey "Butterfly"

Dear Cyndie,

Thank you for giving me the courage to spread my wings and fly!!! I'll never forget you!

D. (Your Friend Always!)

Dear Penny, Ernie, Kelly, Cyndie, and Staff,

I just took my 18 month chip tonight - thank you for giving me my life back - again and again!



Dear Cyndie and Staff,

We are so very thankful for all that everyone did for S. and for us! S. made special connections with many of you. You reminded her of things we had taught her and you taught her new skills. We will always be grateful! The people, sun, art, group sessions and counseling did wonders!

- B. & J.S.

To everyone at Hope By The Sea,

Thank you so much for all you have done for C.. Not only is she learning and growing through your program, but we are too!

B. & L.B.

Penny, Ernie, Cyndie, Danny, Stacey, and all my friends at Hope,

What a difference a year can make! The grace that filled me up while in your loving care was the greatest gift of a lifetime, for it gave me life, hope, love, faith, belief, and ignited my soul. This is a gift I will always treasure and it is all of you who gave it to me.


With tremendous thanks,
Love, J.

Thank you for being so kind, so caring, so generous. And thank you for making my sobriety possible and the opportunity to help these young men. I have grown and learned a lot. Thank you for Christmas lunch, that was very thoughtful of you. It was really nice gathering with lots of laughs and smiles in a sober setting. Who would have thought that it was possible!



To Penny, Dr. Glass, Jose, Cyndie, and all the staff at Hope By The Sea,

I am honored to be associated with such a high quality, caring treatment facility and all who work there. May you and those you treat be blessed with health, prosperity, healing, new-found joy and peace of mind.


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Each and every one of you have touched my heart and I feel so blessed to have found such a loving and supportive family in HBTS.

- K.G.

Thank you so much for everything that you have done for me!! You have made me a totally different person and you have no idea how grateful I am for that.

- T.S.

You treated me with dignity and gave me the hope that I could make it. Thank you especially for putting me in the executive house.

- T.S.

Thank you for giving me the courage to spread my wings and fly!!! I'll never forget you!

- D.

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