Voices of Recovery: Grateful for Recovery House

VOR Recovery HouseMy name is Don.

I was a resident at the Men’s Bridgehouse until November 30, 2012.  I have a lot of gratitude of having the privilege to live there.  Before I came to the Bridgehouse, I was broken and homeless due to alcohol and drug abuse.  I entered a faith-based 14 month program called Teen Challenge.  It was there that I surrendered my life to Christ and found my spirituality.  Before graduating from Teen Challenge, my sister found out about the Men’s Bridgehouse.  I was really scared to leave Teen Challenge and I had no job or place to live.  I was accepted to come into the program and it was the best choice I made to continue my sobriety.  I learned to obey rules and to not be selfish.  There were other men there to always talk to that were going through the same new life change as me.  I received counseling and I learned a lot about my disease.  I also needed the structure that the Men’s Bridgehouse offered.  For instance, mandatory A.A. meetings, curfews, urine screenings, chores, and having to find a job.  I also had the time to read and learn how to be content with being by myself at night.  I enjoyed having my private room and a real nice kitchen and living room area.  I thank God for the Y.M.C.A. and the programs they offer for people who need hope and help in their lives.  I am still living at the Y.M.C.A. at Serenity Hall; which is a community of men in recovery.  If I hadn’t had the foundation that the Men’s Bridgehouse gave me, who knows where I would be.  Thank you for keeping me safe.
Age 52.

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