family recovery Tag

New Life House, is a light shining in the darkness for men in need of recovery from drugs or alcohol addiction. It has been my experience (through my son), that the New Life House recovery homes are a place of love, peace and support through a long term program that is 12 step based. It has been said, that “the road of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, and from what I can see New Life House is able to navigate the long journey of recovery very well. When my son went into New Life House, he was at an incredibly low point in his life, and needed direction and guidance. He found the support he needed to get and to stay sober in a group of brothers that all shared a similar story and he was able to change his life one day at a time.

Our family is celebrating as my son takes his first cake at New Life. When we arrived at New Life House a year ago we were bleary eyed and just plain exhausted from the chaos that addiction creates. I could not even imagine celebrating my son’s first cake for a year of sobriety. I could not remember the last time my son was sober.

It has been just over 22 months since one of the worst days of my life happened. A lot can change during that time.

I feel immense gratitude to the New Life House community. I am Mom to one of the wonderful recovering young men at New Life House, and am very grateful to all of them, the graduates and the staff. I cannot imagine a more appropriate environment for a young addict/alcoholic to to get sober and learn how to live.

When I first sat down to write this piece, I struggled with the direction I wanted to take.  I thought if I had been asked to write about my experience with my son’s addiction eight months ago, my perspective would have been very different. 

One of the hardest things for me to do when I was coming close to the end of my using was having to look my parents in the eye and lie to them once again. This became a regular part of my routine. I was used to having to fabricate some story about where I really was or what was really going on in my life. Things had to change for us as a family in recovery.