“I kept trying to get into treatment, somewhere, anywhere, and I kept getting turned away because either I had no money, no insurance, no address or because of my medical history. I thought no one could help… and a friend of mine who is in recovery and knew about Anderson House, suggested I give them a call. I was so happy when they accepted me. Finally, I had hope and could see some light at the end of the tunnel. Because I can stay at Anderson House for an extended length of time (6 months) which is longer than any rehab, I have time to learn how to live as a productive member of society. I have a full time job and because of the extensive counseling they have there, I’m learning how to live life.” – Sue N.
“I feel that believing in myself is my greatest achievement in the past seven months. I came into Anderson House with absolutely no self-esteem at all. Now I can walk into a job interview for a prominent position and know in my heart that I have the knowledge, skill and assets to enhance any job I choose. I can speak with assurance about myself and my attributes, and express what my weaknesses are without cringing. I could not have that feeling of strength without the tools I have to carry with me now.
Please know that the purpose of any halfway house is a grand one. Without this resource many more talented, loving, intelligent women would be lost to husbands, parents and children. I thank God for this opportunity to change my life around and to have another chance to be a Woman of Substance! Thank you Anderson House.” – Heather T.
“Drugs and alcohol took away everyone and everything that had meaning to me, almost immediately. As my disease began it’s rapid progression, my life began to center around my addiction. There was absolutely nothing that came before my drug use. I became a body with no soul, a vacant lot, using to live and living to use.
In the end of my addiction I was living a nightmare. I felt so much pain inside that I prayed for death, more afraid of continuing to live as an active addict than death itself. I wandered the streets, alone and afraid, doing whatever it took to support my habit. I was on the run from the police, and when it finally dawned on me that there wasn’t a drug in circulation that would make me feel anything less than miserable, I gave up and turned myself in. After a short stay in the county jail, I was released to the care of Anderson House.
Sometimes you have to lose everything before you can be grateful for what you have. I feel a gratitude today that I cannot begin to express in words. Recovery is a priceless gift. And here at Anderson House I’ve learned how to use this gift. I’m not getting high, but it’s rare that I’m seen without a smile on my face. Today I’m a 20 year-old addict in recovery, and that’s okay with me. My hopes and dreams are still alive inside of me, growing and changing, and becoming more possible with each day that I choose not to use drugs and alcohol.” – Rebecca C.
“I am a forty-one year old woman recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. I was fourteen years old when I used my first substance. It was then that I learned how to suppress and hide everything that hurt me. I had a very loving family but unfortunately a series of tragedies caused our household to be dysfunctional and very sad. My addiction took me to many places. Hospitals, rehabs, detoxes and subsequently – jail.
While in jail, a woman came in and shared her experience; strength and hope with me and spoke of this halfway house called Anderson House. I remembered the name and called for an interview. That was in June of 1998. I was accepted and June 29th I began my journey.
I was given an opportunity to learn a new way of life. I was taught the basic tools of the recovery process. One day at a time sometimes one-hour at a time I learned how to live a sober drug free life. I learned at Anderson House that dreams do come true, that goals are reachable and that tears will heal your soul if you allow them to.
Anderson House gave me a new beginning. I completed the six-month program and continued into their three-quarter house and now I have my own apartment, my own car and I am a proud productive member of society. I can’t say enough about my journey. I do know that I had to surrender and I also believe the Anderson House had the staff, the knowledge and heart-felt love that I needed to become the woman in recovery that I am today. I am proud to be a graduate of Anderson House and today I know that I can keep my parents alive in my heart by being the daughter they raised with dignity, respect and love for other people that are less fortunate than me. Thank you Anderson House.” – Linda F.