Anonymous, Alumni, 2016
Alo House Recovery Center has a unique community of people with personal life experience in recovery. The people I was surrounded by had the same desire to stop the self-destruction eating away at our core. Alo House helped promote a safe environment for me to discover the the true essence of myself without substances. I enjoyed being in every group/session I was a part of because there wasn’t a single group I didn’t learn from! I was able to find my way through my dedication to following suggestions and through discovering the spiritual aspects of life that I would never have attempted in my disease.
When I first came to Alo House Recovery Center, I could definitely say I had hit my breaking point. I had nothing left to lose on my journey to recovery. My daily drinking habits led me to believe I was not going to live a life without alcohol and other drugs. Nothing more could result from my actions, until I came to Alo House. I was on the brink of wishing my life had ended as the result of one of several DUI convictions. My life, in case you didn’t already get it, was officially over. I immediately decided that this was “it.” I would finally have the courage to acknowledge that I had been defeated by alcoholism, and that I needed to ask for help. My mother searched and searched for different avenues of treatment until she came across the Alo House website. She said, “this is where I think you should go.” Again, with nothing to lose, I reluctantly picked up the phone and spoke with Soraya. She was always really great at getting back to me and getting me to the facility. I was picked up at the airport by Jaymee, the spiritual adviser. The intense therapeutic and spiritual practices Alo House introduced to me help me stay sober and continue my sobriety.
Alo House helped me mentally, physically, and emotionally throughout the court case that lead me to my feeling of defeat. I learned that I wouldn’t get out of my conviction, but I would be offered alternative sentencing that was far from the usual as the result of my diligence to stick with the Alo House program. I learned that it is most definitely possible to keep moving forward, even when there is something trying to pull me back.
I continue to stay in touch with the Alo House Recovery Center through their Alumni Program. I am so grateful for Alo House and for its commitment to helping others. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to give back or pay forward the way they paid it forward for me. Thank you Alo House.