Andrew, Alumni, 2014
“Alo House gave me the love I thought I didn’t deserve until I learned to love myself. With a lot of help from Evan, I was able to go from being a homeless couch surfer in Los Angeles on Suboxone maintenance to a client living in one of Alo House’s beautiful homes in Malibu overlooking the ocean. The staff, therapists, and owners made sure I was as comfortable as possible, as they did with my peers, the other clients. They helped make arrangements for me to detox off the Suboxone safely and held my room for me while I did so.
Alo House did not just provide a safe environment for me to build a foundation for my recovery from alcohol and drug dependence; Alo House was my home while the staff and other clients felt like family. Alo House met client’s needs individually, helping all of us get what we needed. Sometimes that meant refusing my unhealthy wants, but in the long run it was all for the best; as left to my own devices, I tend to self-destruct.
Not only was Alo House an extremely safe environment with a beautiful atmosphere, it was a lot of fun. It showed me how getting sober and starting the process of recovery doesn’t mean that life has to be boring and mundane. If i hadn’t had fun, i would have left immediately. Instead, I often laughed until I was in pain, had so much fun with hikes, surfing, Big Heart Ranch, BBQ’s, bond fire’s, and outings that I often forgot about the worldly worries and troubles while I was captured in the moment.
I had been trying to get sober for years before becoming a client of Alo House. I had gone through treatments all across the nation, but couldn’t seem to put some time together or build a solid foundation for my recovery. The timing of my arrival at Alo House couldn’t have been more divinely executed, I was done. I couldn’t go on abusing drugs and alcohol, but I didn’t know how to live without them nor did I know how to stop. We all have our own journey’s, but if you’re done, I believe Alo House is one of the best treatment centers in the nation that can help you find your way. Whether it’s through 12 step programs, which have a booming community in Southern California, or alternative methods, Alo House is a safe, fun, loving, and beautiful environment to start the journey.