“I came into the sobriety process unwillingly. I had received a “nudge from the Judge” to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but I wanted no part of it. However, I started going to daily AA meetings, as well as individual and group counseling sessions at Harbor Hall. As the fog began to clear, I realized how miserable I was. I had lost my spirit years before. I was just going through the motions of surviving.
With the fellowships that I was able to develop, I knew that I was no longer alone. That broke down my wall of resistance, and I began to participate in the program. The love and support I found at Harbor Hall guided me through each step of my recovery.
One of the many reasons I used to justify my drinking was that I wanted to escape. Today, I consider sobriety to be the real escape. I am grateful for the capability to have humility, patience, truth, freedom, lifelong friends, and to know joy again. It brings tears to my eyes.”
“Today I am a grateful recovering addict, who previously would have been accurately described as a hopeless dope fiend.
I am a single father of a wonderful 13 year-old. I had a great upbringing in a Catholic home with two parents (both of whom are still happily married). I obtained two bachelor degrees. During times of abstinence, I thrived in sales for both the insurance and financial industry. I attended graduate school to become a drug counselor.
I am also an addict who has lived on the street. I’ve been shot at (multiple times). I’ve had girlfriends raped, beaten and robbed dozens of times. I ran from my disease all over the country, finding that the problem always showed up. I had become powerless over my addiction and my life had become unmanageable.
Harbor Hall taught me that I was the problem. Although I am not responsible for my disease, I am responsible for my recovery.
Harbor Hall’s model identifies the spiritual void addicts have in common. In active addiction, we practice dishonorable spiritual traits (lie, cheat, steal, etc.). We are taught how to live with honorable spiritual traits such as discipline, accountability, service to others, humility, and safety. We are also taught how to be assertive without being aggressive, hold others accountable, and take ownership of our actions. Harbor Hall has made all the difference in the world and is an enormous blessing in my life.”
“I was 24 years old when I received my second DUI. I entered a program called sobriety court, which included outpatient counseling at Harbor Hall.
My experience with Harbor Hall has been nothing but beneficial to my recovery. I was terrified to start this journey. I walked into the first group session late, but I immediately felt welcomed by everyone in that room. Multiple meetings followed that initial session, with Randy as well as some of the other counselors. The whole staff welcomed me, which was beneficial in early recovery.
Harbor Hall helped facilitate my recovery and I feel like I owe them more than I could ever repay. Their kindness and concern for everyone who walks through those doors is unequaled.
As of this writing, I’ve been clean and sober for 15 months and 6 days, far longer than I had ever thought possible. Recovery has changed my life. Change can be terrifying. Thanks to the people I met at Harbor Hall and the friends I’ve made in sobriety court, I embrace that change and look forward to the future.”