Dear Sue, Pam & the Sober Living Staff,
I wanted to send you guys a status update. Since I left Sober Living in 2008, I have accomplished so much! I celebrated 3 years of Sobriety on January 11, 2011 and I also graduated from Palm Beach State College with my Associate’s Degree – What a Miracle! I am getting married this November to a great man named Matt. He was actually my boyfriend when I was living at Sober Living. Isn’t that Crazy?! Matt and I have recently relocated to North Carolina to be closer to family and to start our wonderful new journey in Recovery. I want you all to know that you were very instrumental in helping me build the foundation to live sober and that all the wonderful things I have been able to accomplish over the past few years have been a direct result of AA and Sobriety! Thank you all so much.
Dear Ladies of Sober Living,
This Letter is to thank you for the “Mothering” you’ve provided me in the last six months. I’m not sure where I would be without you all. Thanks for helping me feel safe and have hope when I first got to Sober Living. Thanks for making me get out of bed when I didn’t want to, but need to! Thanks for helping me realize how an orderly place helps create an orderly mind! Thank you for getting me active, even when I didn’t financially need to! Thank you for calming me down when I had nightmares, for holding me when I needed to cry and laughing with me when I needed that too! Thanks you for keeping my environment safe and drug-free, for giving me the freedom to make some stupid decisions and for the love to make it easy for me to learn to admit when I was wrong! All these seem to me like the stuff, only a Mother would do for her child, so I thank you for helping to raise me into the sober woman that I have become. I will miss you all very much and please don’t get annoyed if I call when I’m scared or excited or just need a friend to talk to.
Hello George & the Staff of Sober Living
Attached are some pictures from Iraq with my Sober Living hat. After taking the pictures, I started to have some second thoughts concerning my anonymity. I am at a place that I am going to be returning to the area and I am attempting to do things that could be negatively affected by things I have done in the past, but on the other hand Sober Living was a great experience in my life which helped me to get to where I am today and to have an opportunities to do those things I am attempting to do. Most of my good friends today I met at Sober Living when I lived there, so for that and other reasons I am not able to express the amount of gratitude I have for Sober Living and the people there.
Attention: Mr. George Jahn and the staff of Sober Living.
I left Sober Living about three years ago a much better man and I have never taken the opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate the staff, clients and all that I was able to learn in a reasonably short period of time. I say reasonably short period of time which was actually about one year, but if you put it into perspective, it is a reasonably short period of time considering I was an active alcoholic for more than twenty years.
I am currently still living a clean and sober life here in Connecticut with my wife and children, working a fairly well paying job, attending AA meetings, and happy to be living life on life’s terms. I have to tell you, I actually miss the Monday night meetings pool side with the gang and all it had to offer. I wasn’t wild about being in attendance when I was there but, in retrospect; I would give anything to be able to have a group of caring sober individuals like George Jahn, Fred Rudnick, and the rest of the staff, at my disposal 24-7.
I will have four years of sobriety on Sept 25th and I’d be lying if I said it was easy but it was certainly easier than living with the alternative…continued misery, shame, depression, dishonesty, not to mention the physical side effects. I am in good health and spirits today and happy to be alive. I’ve become a productive member of society. I’m able to be a better father, husband, friend and employee today than I ever was when I was using. I don’t want to drag this out so I will take this time to personally thank George Jahn and the wonderful staff of Sober Living, for giving me back a life that is better today than I ever could have ever dreamed. I continue living with God’s grace, “One Day at a Time”.
Dear Sue, Pam, Jane & Mary,
I’m writing this letter to express my sincere gratitude to all of you. Each one of you have given me a little piece of life to take with me as I go. Growing up isn’t easy when you have to start at age 31. The tools you provide, including the support you give, have helped me adjust to the real world, real feelings and real friends.
I’ve heard people say in meetings that they are living a life beyond their wildest dreams. Now I understand what they mean. It’s not about who you know, what you have or where you live. It’s simply waking up everyday, at peace with yourself. That alone is really “Wild” for an alcoholic and addict like me.
God bless all of you for what you do. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. I thank God for leading me to Father Martin’s Ashley, which led me to Sober Living. Please call on me for anything. I am forever indebted to Sober Living.
Dear Sober Living Staff, (George, Stephen, Brian, Matt, Rob, Chris Egge),
My name is Mohamed Makki and I was in sober Living from Feb12th to June 15 of 2010. On January 14th Of 2013 I will have 3 years of sobriety ( by God's grace). Before I decided to go to Sober Living I was very skeptical about it, I never believed such a thing would work. To be quite honest I wasn't even planning on staying sober for long. I thought I would come to sober living and do what I want to do. That thought did not last long, because after checking in I was bombarded with support from the staff and other people from the program. The gratitude I have for you guys in inexplicable. The staff constantly talked to me along with the rest of the tenants to go to meetings, work, work the steps, attend relapse prevention. So I decided to give it a shot because I thought to myself "if it can work for them, it will work for me". Before checking in to sober living, my wife had divorced me and taken my 2 children away from me. Today not only am I married to that same lady, but we had another child together a year ago (tear drops). I am currently enrolled in the physical therapy program at Baker College and doing very well. I still attend weekly meetings and help others, but I know for a fact I will never forget the time I spent at sober living because it was definitely a life changer. I want to express lots of gratitude to the staff and thank you 311 for h2!p:ng me help myself.