It’s never a great moment in one’s life to admit defeat. After 3 years of white knuckling a disease that was doing push ups in the parking lot, I finally hit my bottom. My life burnt down to the ground after one night of heavy drinking. To say that I was scared of myself would be an understatement. I could not imagine life with alcohol, and I couldn’t imagine without it. I had no place to go, homeless, helpless, and afraid. Some say that is the best place to be because you are teachable at that point.
Let’s face it, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is the textbook of recovery, and the PHRC staff does a remarkable job of presenting the information to all the residents. At the PowerHouse you are encouraged to work in groups, participate in the various meeting. We are taught and shown how to take a leadership role in the house structure, meeting, and doing all the things that will benefit you in recovery on the outside.
This place is not boot camp, but it does hold you accountable for your recovery. To the extent that you want to recover is obviously up to you. I did choose to take advantage of everything offered at the PowerHouse. For me, this disease is life or death, and recovery/sobriety is a design for living. The staff did a wonderful job of giving tips, experience, and suggestions.
In just 6 months, a great number of the promises in the Big Book have slowly shown up into my life, and the Power House Recovery Center has had a great hand in those promises coming true.
I am grateful to the staff for their kindness, and compassion for me with my situation. I highly recommend this place for anybody serious about recovery and wanting to live a sober life.
Like others, I’ve had several experiences in state-mandated rehab and sober living facilities. For the last three years, I’ve considered myself to be serious about my recovery and have still had numerous relapses in that time. No different from other relapses, I sought out rescue from the misery and hopelessness of my addiction. A senior resident of the Power House was able to contact me through social media and help me secure a place.
Aside from the comforts of this facility, their program of recovery is what has served me the best. It isn’t new and it isn’t radical-; it’s simple and direct. The Back to Basics and Beyond the Basics programs that we follow here come directly from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. It instills the basic and most important aspects of recovery without the clutter of opinions or individual ideas that often confuse and misdirect newcomers. It presents a bottom line that I’ve come to accept and it has allowed me to make much more progress spiritually and psychologically than the methods of past facilities. The choice was simple and the path is all inclusive.
The facility is operated by recovering alcoholics who actively listen, understand and offer relevant experience – to help guide us through the turmoil of newfound sobriety. Our environment is such that I no longer feel obligated to comply; no belligerence or contempt for authority. The biggest change in me is that I have found a desire to work the program and not a day has gone by without the opportunity to work against my character defects. My gratitude for this program pushes me to pay it forward.
Thank you, Eddie M.
Life had beaten me down pretty well over the past few years. My chemical dependency, coupled with severe depression had brought me to a place that I could not see a way out of, on my own. Over the past decade or so, I have lived in 3 different half way/sober houses, and not lasted, nor wanted to remain in any longer than a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Upon arriving at The Power House, I was immediately struck by the positivity and upbeat attitudes of those that lived there. From the general manager to the house managers to the collection of residents, those with under and over 30 days, everyone seems committed to the ultimate goal of remaining sober, while at the same time helping each other to achieve the same. I like that, I need that. Not having any sobriety, a vehicle, a job, many friends, or much money did not seem to be an issue for my admittance to The Power House, as long as I had the motivation to change these circumstances, which I did.
Today, my life has done an 180-degree turn. I have found a whole new circle of committed sober good men to help me get on and stay on track. I have found a good job, I sleep well at night, I eat well, and I have a smile on my face again. I still have a long way to go in this process, as it’s a life long journey, but I feel without the help the Power House has given me, I would not be where I am today.
Thank you, Power House!! Alex N.
After years of hopping from sober house to sober house I am happy to call the “Power House” my Recovery Home. The “Power House” has provided me with just the right amount of structure, support, direction, and care. Their plan of action, when it comes to teaching me the program of recovery and showing me how to work with the tools of sobriety, is phenomenal. I have gained a whole new perspective about alcoholism and drug addiction, which I am proud to say stems directly from the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous.
There is always someone available, 24 hours a day, within arms reach if I am ever having a rough day. The access to the Recovery Staff at the Power House is extremely crucial for someone like myself in the early stages of sobriety. The Power House Recovery Center also works with their residents in the planning of making the transition into more independent living circumstances. They allow me to grow and attain a solid foundation so that I will have what is required when I graduate into a sustainable and sober lifestyle. I am so ecstatic to be a member of the recovered community and brotherhood that I call home – The Power House Recovery Center. Thanks, Joel J.
Before coming to the “Power House” I had very limited experience with any recovery program. I was on an all time low and knew I would have to do something about it. I had already been to jail a few times and a trip to the hospital for respiratory failure due to acute alcohol poisoning. After this I knew that to drink again would mean certain death. I had attempted to stop drinking countless times before, one of which lasted just a few weeks.
With the relationship with my family almost completely destroyed I made the decision, with their support, to accept help. After arriving at the “Power House”, I learned some things about A.A. and how it has worked in the lives of other men. I recall asking myself if this would work for me. For it to work, I would have to give myself to new ideas and be open-minded to the principles of the program of recovery.
Working the 12-steps has provided me with a much clearer view of who and what I am. I have learned what it is to have a fit spiritual condition and how it solves my problems, of which, in the past seemed impossible to overcome.I have constantly been improving my attitude and well being. After being at the “Power House” for 3 months, I have returned to work and will continue to finish my college education. My family is amazed at how much I have changed and so am I!
The Power House Recovery Center provide a great and comfortable environment for recovery. Residents care greatly for each other, and we are able to connect on many levels because of our similar experiences that we have been through. I have met some really great people, all of us,with a common goal. The “Power House” and “Alcoholics Anonymous”, has taught me, this is not the end, but a new beginning of a happy and healthier life. Matt C.
I have found the recovery programs and living environment at the Power House Recovery Center most conducive to achieving lasting recovery, positive life changes and creating lifelong friendships! Everyone lives and works together for a common cause, and with common goals, holding each one accountable and providing the support each individual needs to orient them and keep on the right path. – Shane H.