My son is a recovering drug addict, alcoholic and has been clean and sober while living at Casa Nuevo Vida for six months, after he was released from detox. The help he has received there is priceless. For the first time in many years he is living a happy, sober life. There is extreme care and attention given to each individual living at Casa Nuevo Vida. The atmosphere is one of belonging to a family. David looks after each individual as would a good parent. The home is very comfortable and the food, prepared by Chef David is excellent. I have nothing but the best to say about Casa Nuevo Vida and thank whatever powers may be that my son has had the opportunity to partake in their sober living program.
David’s continuous demonstration of his hands-on involvement in our son’s success in sobriety and making positive lifestyle changes is sincere and genuine. He is all about investing himself in the process. My son did not arrive in great shape… David’s support of him, (and us as his parents..me especially) has been truly life-changing. I am so grateful to him for his kindness, friendship, caring supervision and sensible guidelines that have helped our son recognize and make good choices in his daily life.
Our son is doing great, and on a path that is the right one. We are so proud of the positive changes we have seen in our son these past couple of months and his future looks bright. My husband and I needed to move out of the area as had been planned for quite some time, and we were able to move on with our plans with the comfort of knowing our son was in the “right” living environment and was going to better than “fine” at Casa Nuevo Vida. Any parent who has been through what we have been through, understands the gravity of such words. I mean this from my heart; whether you are young, old, single or married, I have seen what David Marvin does.. and how he and others interact in his home. What he has done for our son…I say to myself, “amazing.” PJ & Mindy, February 2010
Jesse was embraced and supported by David and the other residents. Within a very short time, he felt right at home.This continued a very important part of his journey in recovery. Jesse was held to task for a series of responsibilities, including attending daily meetings, participating in household chores and securing a sponsor that would help him through the 12 step program. With David’s continual loving guidance and his diligence in the 12 step program, he remains clean and sober today. As parents we remain comforted in knowing that David and the other residents of the house are always there for Jesse. We can’t say enough about the care he got at Casa Nuevo Vida. We thank David with all our hearts. Karyn and Todd E.
I have never written a testimonial. If you had met me nine months ago, you would never have thought this was possible; either me being clean and sober, or even being alive. For sure as the sun rises, nobody could have dreamed that I would have six months of continued sobriety today!. Closer to the truth yet, is that if you had told me of such a thing, I would have doubled over, except for the fact that I was always doubled over back then anyway!
Casa Nuevo Vida (CNV), the house of new life! For me, the house of another chance, the house of hope, faith, recovery, serenity and a place, a very special place to get well again, or maybe as in my case for the very first time. What I do for a living has no bearing, since this disease does not discriminate. How old I am also has no bearing, since when I first walked in the doors of CNV I was greeted by eight other men all of which were somewhere between 18 and 65 years of age. So here I was, sitting in the back yard smoking with eight other men, struggling to put two damn words together! Yes, I was broken! Yes, I was torn up! Yes, I was scared! But, when some of these men spoke to me, I actually thought I knew them. Not that I really knew them, but there was a familiarity, an instant fellowship of sorts. I felt something I had not felt in many, many years…some acceptance and a little bit of peace! Anonymous
Morning Meditation” The first time I was woken up at 7:45am I thought I was going to die, since that is what time I use to get home after a night out. Somehow I pulled myself up, grabbed a cup of coffee and my smokes and crawled(half joking) outside to join the rest of the guys. It was beautiful, well maybe it was me feeling some gratitude in the fact that I was still breathing after almost dying(several times). Over the next weeks, then months I never had to be woken again. Somehow I came to understand that when I got up, greeted the day, and shared with my fellow addicts, it was the most serene way for me to engage in life! I believe that meetings are important, actually more than important, and I need to start my day by surrendering to my higher power. I had to give thanks and at the same time, make myself available to others and therefore ultimately starting my day with being of service. Anonymous
I cannot say that every morning was inspired, but what a blessing it is to sit early in the morning, feel the sun on your face, and hear laughter from men who but a moment before were strangers. Strangers whose names were mumbled and lost in the hurried handshakes when greeted for the very first time. Now these suddenly familiar faces shone in the morning light as they shared their deepest thoughts with one another. I like to keep it simple, try it, just for thirty days…if I am wrong(and trust me haven’t been yet) you can always go back to drifting too sometime around noon…I mean that is if you still have another run left in you! Anonymous
Daily Meetings” I was told it was a prerequisite to attend one meeting a day to stay at CNV. Let me just say that I hated meetings! I thought…what a waste of time! This I think is routed in the fact that I always felt superior to everyone my entire life! Lol! The things we learn in sobriety and early recovery! We all hear the same things, “go to a meeting if either you want to and if you don’t want to!” Where do they get these sayings? I really don’t care! All I know is that they work! In my early recovery at CNV, I lost two dear friends to this disease. One my ex-girlfriend and the other a childhood friend that was like my brother. I still have no real idea how I got through either or both of these challenging times clean, but I did through the grace of God(my higher power) and with the support of my fellow addicts and alcoholics. What is amazing is that men and women who seem to be so fragile and weak, that they will break into pieces in a moment, can be the pillars of strength to another in need! My fellows have held me up, carried me through and kept me going in the darkest hours of my life. If someone truly does not understand the value of a meeting, then they have never truly surrendered! Anonymous
The great thing about LA is that there are more meetings in this town and surrounding areas than I believe anywhere in the world. We have old peoples meetings, young peoples meetings, cool peoples meetings, not so cool peoples meetings, last stop meetings and even the tattoo peoples meetings..I mean whatever you are, we have it covered! Find a meeting you like and make it your home group! It’s more than important, it is the difference of staying sober, being dry and going out! And for all of you like me, who sometimes are shy or too cool for the room, get up and get your newcomer chip…get thirty for your first thirty days, you can trade those up later for a healthy and long life…sober…one day at a time! Anonymous
Ten at Ten” One of the most important things at CNV, and unique.In my books, simply brilliant! Why so excited? Simple! I explained how “Morning Meditation” kicks off your day right? Well, ten at ten is the perfect bookend to a day/ Being able to end my day going over gratitudes and resentments, was truly a saving grace for me to make it through my early recovery! It allowed me to clear out my head, regain some serenity and check in with my fellows at the house. If you don’t believe me, then why is it on any night of the week, you will find CNV Alumni hanging around at ten, friends of people staying there, guests visiting in town, people from the Thursday night House meeting staying as well! CNV is known for its gratitude on many levels! The people who come to our Thursday night meetings in the backyard know exactly what I am talking about! With The Ten AT Ten, you have the perfect way to wrap up a day of full recovery and actually have a peaceful mind to get some sleep! For me, it was my favorite time, and most important fellowship that I ever experienced! I recall almost every Ten at Ten that I experienced at CNV. It was a time that I hold with me now. It still keeps me strong and makes me remember just how thankful I am to be sober and alive today! Anonymous
Casa Nuevo Vida was the place that allowed me to have the strength to recover. David Marvin is a man charged with a most difficult task indeed. To own and run a sober living with so many individually demanding people all in various stages of early recovery…well extremely difficult would not do it nor he justice! However, David somehow is able to juggle and balance the near impossible, in a miraculous fashion. I use to say CNV saved my life! I use to say David saved my life! I used to say that AA saved my life! Today, I know now that places, people and things cannot do such a thing, but I do believe that it was such a key ingredient in my recovery that words are hard to muster to truly express my deep gratitude. It is important that you understand just how bad I was when they took me in. I had been on a very long run, I was at the tail end of ten years and had ended up in the hospital several times. Even my family, God love them, were at the end of their rope. All my friends were gone, how could they have been expected to stay? To bury me? It was in a very, very dark place. I remember sitting in the backyard my first night, talking with some of the men and thinking that I never wanted to go to sleep! I felt that I did not want to wake up dead..The irony, after all the years trying to harm myself and killing myself slowly..now I wanted to live! I made a promise to myself that I would stay 30 days. Nobody in my life at that time believed I actually would! Well, I did stay… I stayed 5 months! I stayed until it almost became a joke that I would never leave! Anonymous
When I came to Casa Nueva Vida I was bankrupt in every area of my life. The compassionate, structured environment helped me build a foundation for my sobriety. The morning meditations groups, the group therapy, daily attendance at 12-step meetings and a house manager that is always there to help you tackle any problems that may arise, went a long way in helping me piece together a shattered life. Anonymous
Choosing a sober living establishment is as important as choosing your rehab facility, or at least it was for me. I wanted a clean, secure and structured environment. Casa Nuevo Vida was that and so much more:
They opened their doors and their hearts to help my daughter regain her dignity and responsibility. Not only was she reintroducing herself back into the world but David and Janel also helped her learn how to have safe clean fun along with giving back to society.
The 12 steps are very important but there needs to be more . . . . you or your loved one had lost they're way, they've stumbled and fallen. David and Janel taught my daughter how to be responsible, dependable and to have the stamina to stand on her own, without a substance holding her up, or actually down. They make sure their houses are clean and orderly with no Tolerance ruling so that everyone can feel safe.
There are no promises on these treacherous roads of recovery but David and Janel have the most involved, caring and structured environment that I have found while swimming through the recovery process of this horrible complex realm of diseases.
I couldn't have chosen a better place for my daughter on her journey back to finding herself!
Thank you with all my Heart Robin
Casa Nuevo Vida was my sober living house after rehab. Being 29 days sober, scared, and having to figure out a completely new life, Casa became my home and family. They were completely non-judgmental of my gayness and would let me find my peer group and my own meetings. I became fast friends with many of my fellows at Casa, and I was even able to help one of my friends from the past get into Casa and out of a bad situation. All the Casa houses feel like homes, not hotel rooms as I have seen other places, and the chef does come up with some pretty good dinners, and there is always more than enough. Overall, I would recommend Casa Nuevo Vida to anyone who needs transitional housing and is serious about being sober. John H.
Today is my 100 days of sobriety, and I could not have achieved this milestone without you and your team’s support. I am very grateful to you for giving me this opportunity to be part of this family. I am going to miss all of you very dearly, but I’m also very well prepared to face life on life's terms due to the discipline, support and love that was showered on me.
During my stay at Casa Nuevo Vida the management staff and fellow residents were an excellent support network that I was able to lean on and it was very mutually benefitting for our recovery. We had a lot of fun while preparing ourselves for the real world, and you helped me transition from sober living to the real world.
During my stay I learned to lead a balanced lifestyle with priority on my recovery and also manage my time with meetings, service, work and play. I now belong to the Pacific Group, which is my home group and I have commitments on Wednesday and Saturday. I am learning to surf, and I enjoy biking by the ocean, taking our house dog on walks and practicing yoga and meditation.
It is because of your dedication to help the residents live a meaningful and fulfilled life that this was possible. Your service is greatly appreciated and you have changed my life. I could have lost my life, my loved ones and my career to this disease, but with all your support I now am on the path to leading a healthy, happy and meaningful life.
Thank you again for all your encouragement to help me lead a fulfilled life. I am forever grateful to you. B. P.
I'm truly blessed to have discovered Casa Nuevo Vida in my journey through recovery. The owners David and Janel have worked hard to create a safe and healing group of homes with a kind and considerate staff who keep us all accountable and on track. They stress the importance of daily meetings and group events like dinners and beach outings, and they understand the value of the AA fellowship.
The houses not only attend daily meetings together but the importance of being of service and taking commitments is stressed as well. From my understanding, Casa is of a more serious level of care than many other sober living environments. For instance, we travel monthly to the midnight mission downtown to feed the homeless. We also all have daily chores and are put on restriction if they are neglected. There are also group events that align to the "fun in recovery" theme of course, but overall Casa Nuevo Vida is a recovery environment where the skills crucial to long term sobriety are treated with the respect and life-saving importance it demands. There is no place I'd rather have lived while in early recovery and will be forever grateful for the experience and amazing new relationships. Brian T.
My experience at Casa Nuevo Vida has been very different than what I expected coming into a transitional sober living home. This place has become a home to me, and thanks to David, his staff and the rest of the community, I feel very comfortable and I love it here.
This is the perfect place to learn to transition to a new life. You are treated like an adult and have freedom. The staff is very understanding and always there to help, being in recovery themselves. I have had nothing short of a great experience living here so far. Casa is helping me get my life back and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to stay here. Dan M.
My stay at Casa Nuevo Vida has been instrumental to my recovery process. There is strong accountability, which is something I needed in early recovery. You are mandated to attend a meeting a day, which is the accountability that I needed early on. Now, I enjoy attending my regular meetings. It has also has given me the opportunity to prepare for a successful life outside of recovery. I have been given the opportunity to obtain a full-time job.
The owners and managers have also let me do extracurricular activities, which has allowed me to dive into the fellowship of AA. The house managers have always been there to help anytime I needed advice, or if I just needed someone to talk to when going through a hard time. The house that I currently live in, the Playa Beach House, is nice, very clean and there is always food. We have the best dog—his name is Charles in Charge—super loving and fun to play with. The house is close to the beach at Playa del Rey, so when I’m not working I like to go to the beach and just relax. They have also allowed me to pick speakers for the house meetings, which has allowed me to become more involved in AA.
I have gained long-term relationships with not only the guys I live with, but with solid guys who work for Casa who are serious about the program. That is key to me staying sober. I have found that as long as I am doing what I'm required to do—attending my meetings, I.O.P. , and staying clean—David and Janel allow me to enjoy life, and for that I am grateful. Tyler R.