Today I had the pleasure of spending time with The Grounds Recovery staff including Alex Zemeckis (founder and CEO), Cannon Kristofferson (Program Director), and Melanie Baker (Referent Liaison). They are an incredibly wonderful group of individuals who are passionate about recovery and dedicated to helping others thrive in their sobriety.
The Grounds is a transitional residential program for young men between the ages of 18-30 who have participated in treatment and are seeking continued support in their recovery. The Grounds staff have mindfully created a program that is truly holistic as they aim to “address the whole person—their education, vocation, recreation and self-care”. One of the many unique aspects of this program that make it so effective is that they are “a small facility, allowing more personal attention, and reinforcing accountability”. In addition, their members have the opportunity to develop self-confidence and the necessary skills needed to live fully in recovery “through intensive mentoring, support from their peers, mandatory offsite therapy, and community service…”
Further, surfing is encouraged at The Grounds as many of the staff surf and believe that it is “a highly effective recreational alternative to using drugs and alcohol”.
If you are interested in learning more about The Grounds Recovery, please feel free to visit their website: