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.