My Florida House Experience Was a Life Saver

My name is Angela and I am from West Virginia.  Growing up my father was an alcoholic and I was exposed to addiction at an early age.  When I was 16 my father died of alcoholism.  After his death I struggled to cope with my feelings. By age 18 I began to drink more which progressed throughout my college years at West Virginia University. I began to realize that my drinking was becoming a problem but wasn’t ready to stop. Even after getting two DUI’s and losing my license, I still continued to drink.

I moved to Florida thinking it would help me to get my life together.  I got a new job and new friends, but kept finding myself in the same boat but worse. I began to feel hopeless. My relationships with my family and friends suffered. My alcoholism was in full force.  I was fired from my job. I hit rock bottom.

I went back home to West Virginia to try and get myself together, I knew I needed to do something. My friend and I started looking for rehabs and came across the Florida House.   As soon as I spoke with the gentleman I knew this was the place I needed to go.  It was time.  I was tired, and felt defeated.  I could no longer live this way.

My Florida House Experience was a life saver.  I was happy to be there and knew I had come to the right place.  Florida House staff and the community were all amazing and I feel so much gratitude for each and every person I have come into contact with through this process.   I learned so much about myself, how to cope with everyday life obstacles, and how to live a sober life.  I truly love feeling a part of something and the Florida House Alumni truly makes you feel like family.  The Florida House was the beginning of my journey but certainly not the end.  I knew it was important to get involved with the fellowship of AA. I found an amazing sponsor who took me through the 12 steps and I have made everlasting friendships in this program.  I am so grateful for the Florida House because I know I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it weren’t for them.

-Angela