Recovery a Three-Fold Approach


With over 50 English Speaking AA meetings, we prioritise meetings and step work. We also offer meetings from NA, CA, SAA, OA, SLAA, ACOA, and CODA. There are meetings in Finnish, Swedish, and Spanish. The Annual English Speaking AA Convention takes place every November. We also have access to professional staff such as psychotherapists, counsellors and medical doctors.

Why 12 Step meetings are vital in recovery and how we can help

People from all walks of life come together to solve their addiction problems

People from all walks of life come together to solve their addiction problems

Alcoholics Anonymous was established nearly 80 years ago as a free and community-based fellowship to offer help and support for alcoholics to fellow sufferers support, friendship and a new outlook on life, based on the 12 step recovery system. Over the years the 12 Step programme has proved so successful that it has become the norm for centres treating all kinds of addictive disorders and behavioural problems to offer their clients a chance to take the steps while in treatment.

Our sober companions are all members of one or more 12 Step fellowships and visiting these groups is mandatory for all Marbella Sober Home visitors. We accompany our guests to meetings and aim to help them understand how the meetings and 12 Step programme work.

In residential treatment, clients are bussed to 12 Step groups and have very little chance to speak to other members or learn about the programme of recovery. At Marbella Sober Home the situation is the total opposite. We not only accompany individuals to meeting in person, we actively introduce them to members of the fellowship, sit and drink coffee, chat and allow our guests to find the people who can help support them in recovery.

We help them find an individual member of the fellowship who will offer one-to-one support in practising the steps known in 12 Step groups as a sponsor. We aim to encourage our guests to form lifelong healthy relationships which will lead to long-term recovery and connection with a worldwide support network.

Armed with a positive experience of the fellowship and knowledge of learning the steps and having a chance to practise them while in Marbella Sober Home the chances of relapse are significantly diminished.

2. Diet

We understand that diet is critical coming into recovery. At first, our intake of sugars goes through the roof. Here we advise clients towards Intermittent Fasting, Juicing and Kangen Water. With a fruit, vegetable and fish diet, any excess weight will be lost in a matter of months once the guest commits to a long-term vision of healthy living.

Abstaining from alcohol or drugs is a challenging task, and maintaining good eating habits helps people in early recovery stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Establish a healthy eating routine.

It’s critical for people in early recovery to develop a foundation for good eating. Guests who have been abusing alcohol and drugs have not been practising proper nutrition. Addicts are focused on getting their next high. Many people consuming alcohol excessively do not feel hungry because they are putting a lot of fluids in their body and alcohol provides empty calories. They are not thinking about what to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our guests need to build up their physical strength and their whole foundation of health.

Many of our guests who abuse alcohol and drugs struggle with depression, particularly when they’re trying to stop drinking and using drugs. Following a healthy diet can help mitigate these mood swings, which helps protect their sobriety Depression makes you crave the drug from which you just detoxed. Many alcohol abusers and drug abusers self-medicate to deal with emotions they cannot handle. When they feel emotional distress, they reach for the drug or the drink.

The programme we ensure that our clients eat three healthy meals a day, drink healthy cold-pressed juices, receive supplements and alkalised water (Kagen). Our regime at Marbella Sober Home means that the famous Mediterranean diet followed right next at the place where it originated.

Avoiding Sugar

People trying to kick their alcoholism and drug addiction often battle another habit detrimental to their health: consuming too much sugar. The body converts alcohol to sugar, which causes a spike in blood sugar level when alcoholics quit drinking, their blood sugar levels drop, and they develop sugar cravings. The bodies of addicts perceive they need more sugar; as a result, they start looking for ways to spike their blood sugar levels. Keeping blood sugar levels stable is crucial for alcoholics and addicts in early recovery because dramatic fluctuations could make people feel anxious or depressed and more likely to relapse. Many drug addicts also grapple with sugar cravings. Sugar has a similar effect on the brain’s levels of dopamine – a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres – like drugs and alcohol. Drug and alcohol abuse causes a surge in dopamine levels, which activates feelings of pleasure. Sugar gives you that fast high and deep crash, which provides you with depression.

Guests who have used opiates may suffer from constipation, and Cocaine users have suppressed feelings of hunger. We carefully monitor and customise the diet of the guest based on their condition and diet before entering Marbella Sober Home.

Fresh healthy food, regular meals and supplements the heart of recovery from addiction

Fresh healthy food, regular meals and supplements the heart of recovery from addiction

At Marbella Sober Home we carefully control the regularity of meals, their nutritional content and supplement these health juices and avoid allowing our guest to eat processed and sugary foods.

Restricting Caffeine Intake

People in early recovery should limit their caffeine intake to one cup of coffee daily – ideally, in the morning this is because caffeine can spike sugar levels, she says. An addict in early recovery, caffeine can be highly attractive, because they get a ‘hit’ but are still sober, but there is a blood sugar crash on the other side of the caffeine, When people in early recovery crash, they are susceptible to reaching for their drink or drug of choice.

We carefully restrict the quality of caffeine our guests consume and advise them on this.

Easily Digestible Foods

Drug addicts, particularly opioid abusers, often suffer from gastrointestinal distress Opioid abusers often develop constipation, and when they stop using drugs, they may suffer from diarrhoea and nausea, she says. Easily digestible foods, such as oatmeal and rice and offerings high in fibre, like vegetables and fruits, are suitable for substance abusers who have gastrointestinal problems.


A healthy exercise programme is vital to recovery, and that is why it forms an essential and mandatory part of the plan at Marbella Sober Home Our programme includes swimming, gym and on alternate days we run and cycle. Regular exercise helps to restore our shape physically and our strength mentally. We pay for gym membership for all our guests. Addiction impacts people from every walk of life and no-one’s experience will be the same.

Someone questioning whether their marijuana use is more than a recreational habit will approach recovery differently than someone struggling with long-term painkiller addiction. Popular culture paints drug rehab as hospital beds, IV drips and group counselling sessions. These resources are present in many treatment plans. Physical activity and exercise give your recovery a quick change. Whether you’re walking the road toward sobriety or preparing for that first step, drug addiction treatment can be as close as your own body and as simple as walking outside. That is why Marbella Sober Homes is a refreshing break from the stuffy institutions, where sitting around writing or in counselling sessions is the norm. The beautiful weather most of the year, the equipped private gyms we take you to as members truly make Marbella Sober Home an unbeatable place to enjoy the natural high that comes from being fit and healthy.

Exercise: a Natural Rush

Many recovery techniques work to restore the brain’s balance of “happiness-inducing” chemicals like dopamine — a balance that drug and alcohol abuse disrupts. Physical activity boosts the presence of these chemicals, too. Exercising douses the brain with dopamine, so we exercise more often to release more of it. Our fitness rises, and our mood increases, also. But in recovering addicts, there’s an added benefit. Studies show that exercise and physical activity can help return dopamine levels to pre-abuse heights. The act of practising an exercise routine — and committing to completing some physical activity every week — also keeps the mind off using drugs.

If you think these benefits sound similar to those of more traditional treatment methods, you aren’t the only one. Drug rehab centres across the country understand how physical exercise can help addicts recover. Many treatment programs include training in their recovery plans for this reason.

Popular Exercises for Addiction Recovery

Like addiction treatment therapies, different exercises affect the mind and body differently.


Outdoor exercise in the sun the perfect way to recover

Outdoor exercise in the sun the perfect way to recover

Enjoying the Great Outdoors can boost dopamine levels during addiction treatment. Studies show that a simple 15-minute walk can help stave off cravings when they arise. A brisk stroll outside can also increase overall brain function by supporting new brain cell growth. All that is great but if you are a Northern European country the weather is a big minus for an enjoyable experience, and if you are the city it is even less pleasant. In bright sunshine on the beach or the beautiful mountains around Marbella with eagles swirling around the clear blue sky, this activity is something extraordinary.

Strength Training

Cardio exercises like walking and running get most of the attention, but lifting a few weights also has recovery benefits. Many recovering addicts have insomnia, as they are unable to sleep without using. Weight training or bodyweight exercises like push-ups can help reboot the body’s sleep cycle over time. That is why our local gym has access to weight training, assault courses, boxing, high-intensity circuit training leaving you tired and able to sleep and naturally high from your exercise.

Team Sports

Kicking a football around or shooting some hoops with like-minded friends provides more than a good workout. The camaraderie built playing casual team games can be a crucial piece to long-term recovery. Forming new relationships that don’t revolve around drinking or using drugs helps recovering addicts feel integrated back into society.

Marbella Sober Home give recovering addicts even more fitness options. Obstacle courses, rock climbing walls and rope courses are available at drug rehabs across the country. Completing these physical challenges can boost self-confidence during recovery, all while releasing dopamine in the brain. The memories made during these exercise therapies can be strong reminders that you’re capable of overcoming any literal or figurative hurdle.

Drug addiction recovery equips you with the skills to stay sober after treatment ends. Those tools might include writing exercises or self-help therapies. You might also bring home a new yoga pose or workout program and a healthier body and mind.

Natural thrills

The more extreme, the better as far as we are concerned. To date, we have sailed from Gibraltar to Africa. We jumped out of planes at 15,000 ft. Driven into the campo in four-wheeled buggies and organised a go-karting event amongst friends in recovery. Whatever it is you want to do, assuming we can arrange it for you then let's give it a go.