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Kathleen C., Alumni, 2014

“How does one begin to put into words the gratitude and copious amounts of respect for the human beings that are responsible for giving me the tools for giving me my life back? Not easily…

I remember the day that I e-mailed Evan. I was sitting in my car in an underground garage and just swallowed a bunch of benzos. I was using meth heavily, drinking like a sailor, and swallowing pills daily that I didn’t know what milligram they were, or even what they were half of the time.

He e-mailed me back within 10 minutes.

I had been researching different rehabs up and down the coast, and had received call backs; the ups and downs with that very uncomfortable… “Oh you can’t afford the 30k up front? Good luck!” speeches they all gave. Clearly not caring about my well-being and mental state of mind. I was feeling hopeless. There are not enough adjectives to describe the impending doom looming above my life. The thunderous rain cloud following me around literally wanted to take my life. I knew it was serious. I knew I was running out of time. I was overwhelmed with the sense that my inner demons wanted me dead. I was killing myself, and at a rapid pace.

Evan didn’t treat me like a number. They took my insurance, and worked with me financially. He treated me like a human being that was suffering. He instantly identified and could relate with my story of loss, and heartache, and urged me to come right away.

“Just hang in there, until you get here.” he said.

I packed a few days later, and arrived on a Tuesday night. I was greeted by Jaymee. I am so thankful for this force of spirituality to have been the first person I met at Alo House. He knew by looking at me that my spirit was broken, my belief system shot, and that I needed to feel safe and mend…as a whole. As an addict, the drugs are probably 1/3 of the issues. Alo House knows better than to shove the big book down your throat and say that’s it, that’s the answer to everything. The intake process is a few days long because they actually listen and adhere to your core issues. They want you to recognize why you’re using, and attack those issues first hand. Numbing the pain is the easy part. It’s doing the hard work of actually shifting through the pain that people often avoid, and end up back to numbing the pain with drugs and alcohol. Within a few short days, I knew I found a gem of an establishment. I felt lucky to be there, and dove in head first.

The work was not easy, and the therapists are not run of the mill. I want to extend my utmost thanks to my therapists Judy Waters, Suzi Landolphi, and Billy Stewart. These people changed my life. I am forever grateful. Needless to say, I had a resume of issues to sort through, and for the first time in my life I was not ashamed or in denial about that. Between the horse therapy, the EMDR, the extensive PHP, IOP, and aftercare services offered, I was able to continuously move forward with my life. They instilled in me that the journey of recovery is a tremendous one, and I would not be alone for one second of it. True to their word, I was never once alone.

Alo House is different. The staff is different. I can honestly say that these people are doing something pretty unheard of in the recovery world, and I am so blessed to have been a client. Bob Forrest would come and talk to us often about his views and ideas in changing the face of recovery, and it’s exciting to watch it take place. It does work, it is entirely up to you, but it absolutely IS POSSIBLE. It’s like Rock and Roll, beach vibes, mixed with some crazy horse therapy. Whatever it is, there certainly is no label, but it’s brilliant. Alo House saved my life. I am currently working for a treatment facility in the billing realm, behind the scenes of it all, but I get to hold myself accountable everyday being in the recovery setting.

I am writing this while looking out of my office window at my ocean view. Pretty stunning, none of which would have been possible without the gifts Alo House gave me. And continue to give me. Thank you. From my heart to yours.”

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